Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Program in Business Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality & Tourism Management

Program: The Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management (MSBA-HTM) is offered by the Pamplin College of Business and the Department of Hospitality & Tourism management. This program is designed to give students the necessary business knowledge, and professional skills to be effective as successful hospitality professionals. The program requires the completion of 30 credit hours.

The Accelerated Master’s Program (UG/GR) is for Virginia Tech undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies at Virginia Tech. Students must be accepted into the master’s degree program and approved for Accelerated UG/GR degree prior to the first day of classes in the term the courses are double counted. The MSBA-HTM accelerated undergraduate/graduate program would offer junior/senior undergraduate degrees in HTM and various affiliated disciplines the opportunity to obtain a graduate business degree with a specialization in hospitality & tourism management. The important features and benefits of the program include:

  • Earn graduate course credit while completing bachelor’s degree. This allows the student the reduce the total number of semesters as graduate student.
  • Only 30 credit hours are required for completion of MSBA-HTM degree.
  • Graduate courses are charged at undergraduate tuition rate rather than higher graduate course fees, savings which reduce the cost of graduate degree.
  • Up to 12 undergraduate/graduate credits can be taken and double counted in the last 2 undergraduate semesters. These courses are listed on both undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for admission into UG/GR program.
  • No GRE/GMAT/TOEFL requirement.
  • Some courses can be taken online.
  • Courses are offered at the Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, in Falls Church, VA, which is easily accessible by car or metro.
  • All classes meet on M, T, W, Th from 6:00 to 8:50 pm. Some classes meet on Saturdays.
  • It is possible to work during the day and take classes during evenings and weekends.
  • All coursework can be completed in one year, depending on how many courses are taken in one semester.
  • Some employers offer partial tuition reimbursement.

Application Process for Accelerated UG/GR program (remember, this must be completed prior to the first day of classes in the term the courses are double counted):

  1. Apply for Graduate degree
    1. Graduate application term should be first term AFTER bachelor’s degree will be awarded (Summer I or II; Fall; or Spring semesters).
    2. Application can be submitted online at
  1. Submit Form
    1. Complete Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Status and Course Designation Form. This form can be found on the graduate school web page under academics.
    2. Obtain approval signatures from the program director of the graduate program and the department head. The department will send the form to the Graduate School.
  1. Graduate School Processing
    1. Final form approval and degree admission
    2. Course designation on transcripts
    3. Official graduate degree admission letter will be mailed by the Graduate School
    4. In addition, an email will be sent from the graduate school at your VT email address notifying you when Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Status and Course Designation form processing is complete

Courses Eligibility:

In order for the courses to be used in the accelerated master’s program:

  • Student must earn a grade of B or better for the course to be placed on the graduate transcript and used toward graduate degree requirements
  • Course(s) will appear on the graduate transcript after the term is completed and a grade of B or better is verified.
  • Courses taken after the bachelor’s degree is awarded will appear on the graduate level transcript only.
  • Undergraduate/graduate courses that are eligible for double-counting are listed below. Other substitutions should be approved by the department and listed on the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Status and Course Designation Form.

Possible substitution for double counting of courses

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

MGT 4394 Business Policy & Strategy MGT 5314 Dynamics of Organizational Behavior (Business core)
HTM 4464 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry HTM 5424 Human Resource Management
HTM 4454 Hospitality Revenue Management HTM 5574 Revenue Management for Hospitality Services OR MKTG 5104 Marketing Policy & Strategy (Business core)
HTM 4354 Information Technology & Social Media in Hospitality & Tourism BIT 5594 Web Applications and E-commerce