2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Hospitality Management, PhD

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College: Hospitality Management Degree: PhD
Program Websites: http://www.hospitality.ucf.edu/ Option: Dissertation
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The PhD in Hospitality Management prepares individuals for teaching and research-based careers in academia or as practitioner researchers and field consultants in hospitality and tourism enterprises.


The doctoral program requires 58 credit hours of courses beyond the master’s degree, including 16 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization courses, and 15 credit hours of Dissertation. An additional 9 credit hours are required in the Candidacy term for those students who are self-funded.

Total Credit Hours Required: 58 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Required Courses: 43 Credit Hours

Specialization: 27 Credit Hours

At least 6 credit hours should be from HMG 7XXX level courses. Course selection should be based on the student’s area of interest in consultation with the major adviser and approved by the Graduate Programs’ Director.

Research Electives

Select a minimum of three Research Electives from the following list:

HMG 6000 Level or Greater Courses

Select the remainder of your minimum 27 credit hours from any HMG 6000 level or greater courses or approved 6000/7000 level courses from other UCF colleges.

Dissertation: 15 Credit Hours

Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

  • HMG 7980 - Dissertation Research 15 Credit Hours (minimum)


To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser in collaboration with the Graduate Programs’ Director and Rosen College Examination Committee. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination form.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submittal of an approved program of study.

Candidacy Examinations

All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations. The written portion of the Candidacy Exam consists of two days, each with a different emphasis. Day one encompasses “Area I” of your GPS (Graduate Plan of Study), and it emphasizes research methodology, statistics and theory. Day two will have a broader emphasis and encompass “Area II” course content in your GPS. The latter will further include questions related to your dissertation topic. Upon completion of the written portion of the examination students are required to pass a one-hour oral examination with questions arising from Area I, Area II and your dissertation.

Independent Learning

The dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements  , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master’s degree in a closely related field.
  • Official, competitive GRE or GMAT score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Goal statement (This is your opportunity to outline in 500 words why you wish to come to the program, what you think you will contribute to the program and how you feel the program will enhance you both personally and professionally).
  • Résumé
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Hospitality Management PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Feb 1    
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Murat Hancer PhD
Telephone: 407-903-8043
RCHM 232

Kathy Henry MPA
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs
Telephone: 407-903-8024
RCHM 102

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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