Master of Science in Travel Industry Management

The Master of Science degree program in travel industry management is designed to provide a specialized education through coursework and research to master a broad and sophisticated set of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. Students develop analytical abilities and the critical thinking skills necessary for careers in the travel and tourism industry. The master’s degree is a broader preparation for graduates to take the first step into leadership roles. Given the program’s focus, students are expected to engage in understanding and execution of rigorous research activities which could also lead to further advanced education.


The program prepares students for advanced careers and leadership roles across the spectrum of the travel industry including tourism, hospitality and transportation management as well as areas integrating the entire industry including information technology, finance, marketing, policy and planning. Students may also explore specific topics of interest including sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, electronic commerce, social and cultural aspects of travel and tourism, among many others. The program and faculty also have a strong emphasis and expertise in travel and tourism in the Asia-pacific region. Students come from many countries with strong representation from Asia as well as North America and Hawaiʻi.


Candidates for the MS/TIM degree are required to satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework. Each candidate may select either Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (non-thesis option). Plan A provides an opportunity to develop a significant contribution to the growing body of travel industry research. This provides the opportunity for students to explore research in their individual area of interest.  Candidates selecting Plan B complete TIM 694  Professional paper and an additional 12 elective credits.


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The following is the summary of the MS/TIM degree requirements:


TIM 601 Research Applications in TIM 3
TIM 602 Strategic Travel Marketing 3
TIM 603 Information Technology, E-Commerce in the Travel Industry 3
TIM 605 International Hospitality Management 3
TIM 606 Transportation Systems Management 3
TIM 607 Global Tourism Management 3
TIM 695 Seminar: Travel Industry Management Policy 3
Core Credits: 21




Electives (approved) 9
TIM 700 - Thesis 6




Electives (approved) 12
TIM 694 Professional Paper 3




Students can generally complete the program in four semesters. Students choose an appropriate faculty member to serve as his/her committee chair for the thesis (Plan A) or professional paper (Plan B) once the topic is selected.