Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Before sitting for the final comprehensive oral exam, candidates must complete a rigorous course load, complete a thesis, and participate in a series of research-centered activities.

Course Requirements

General (Core) Requirements:

  • HRIM 590 (Colloquium) - sequence of 3 semester seminars (1 credit each)
  • HRIM 585 (Seminar in HRIM) - an in-depth exploration of hospitality research issues and research literature (prerequisites: HRIM 503 or equivalent and 6 credits of statistics beyond STAT 500, fifth semester standing)
  • HRIM 586 (Research Methods and Evaluation) - advanced graduate hospitality research methods and design (3 credits)
  • HRIM 503 (Research Methods in HRIM) (3 credits)

Statistics and Quantitative Methods:

Minimum of 12 credits

Disciplined-Based Courses (minimum of 18 credits)

Courses selected will build an HRIM concentration specialty area.

Designated outside supporting area

Minimum of 12 credits

  • Students must select a supporting area that emphasizes course work outside of the HRIM program. Students develop this supporting area with the assistance of an outside committee member.

Thesis

A thesis is developed with and approved by students' doctoral committees.

Additional Requirements

  • Ph.D. candidates are required to present a research poster at the University Graduate Research Exhibition (held in the spring semester) at least once prior to their final oral defense.
  • Ph.D. candidates are expected to participate in all creative empirical research, research symposia, and presentations sponsored by the school.
  • Ph.D. candidates are expected to participate in the SHM Research Roundtable each month, held each semester.
  • Ph.D. candidates are required to attend and present at least three conferences prior to graduation.
  • Ph.D. candidates must submit two manuscripts to a refereed journal prior to their proposal defense.
  • To enhance their teaching skills, and in preparation of their roles as future faculty, Ph.D. candidates are expected to teach an undergraduate class in their area of specialization.