Hotel Administration Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Hotel Administration

Program Description

The School of Hotel Administration’s highly competitive PhD program in Hotel Administration is a research-focused degree grounded in the core business disciplines as applied to hospitality contexts. The program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career teaching hospitality management, service management, or real estate in a university setting and conducting groundbreaking research in hospitality and related fields.

Contact Information

Phone: 607-254-4228

289 Statler Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

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



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Dec 15 for application and supporting documents

Requirements Summary:

  • Applicants to the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) PhD program will have earned a master’s degree from an accredited university or a bachelor’s degree from Cornell SHA. Also required: 

    • 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. A personal interview is by invitation only after review of the application.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will become cutting-edge scholars in hospitality management and related fields:

    • Students will exhibit mastery of the methodological tools and techniques required for scholarly advancement in their subject of study.
    • Students will exhibit a mastery of the literature in their base discipline.
    • Students will exhibit a mastery of the literature in hospitality relevant to their base discipline.
    • Students will exhibit the ability to critically evaluate the work of other scholars.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and execute a novel research agenda.
    • Students will learn how to apply disciplinary knowledge to particular business and social problems

    Students will become effective communicators and teachers:

    • Students will exhibit the ability to plan and deliver well-constructed course materials on topics relevant to their base discipline and the field of hospitality using the best pedagogical practices.
    • Students will exhibit the ability to communicate in writing and orally original research for scholarly and practitioner audiences.

    Students will seek out opportunities for professional career development

    • Students will participate in scholarly activities including but not limited to seminars and conference presentations.
    • Students will contribute, wherever possible, to the discourse of the scholarly discipline through collaborative projects with faculty and peer mentors.

    Students will possess an ethical perspective and a service orientation:

    • Students will learn how to conduct research that exhibits research integrity and compliance with professional and institutional standards.
    • Students will engage in service activities that foster a diverse, respectful, collaborative scholarly community.