Hospitality Management, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

The School of Hotel Administration’s highly competitive PhD program in Hotel Administration is a research-focused degree designed for students interested in pursuing a career teaching hospitality management in a university setting and conducting groundbreaking research in the field.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-6376

180 Statler Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • financial management
  • food and beverage management
  • hospitality management
  • hotel accounting
  • human resource management
  • marketing
  • properties asset management (minor)
  • real estate management (minor)


2017-2018: $29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Dec. 15, August enrollment only

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS for Non-Native English Applicants
  • GMAT or GRE
  • Resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL minimum score of 100 Internet-based (iBT), 250 computer-based (CBT), or 600 paper-based (PBT) or IELTS minimum overall band score of 7.0

Admission is offered for August enrollment only. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15. A personal interview is by invitation only after review of the application.



Learning Goals for the Ph.D. Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is a highly individualized program directed toward students who plan to teach and perform research in a university setting. By the end of the first year of study students will select a Special Committee of graduate faculty members (three for PhD candidates), who will guide the candidate in developing a course of study suited to his or her background and interests.

Candidates will develop a broad-based knowledge of hospitality management, learn research methodology including statistical methods, become proficient at in-depth research, and acquire teaching and administrative skills.

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