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TIM Bachelors and Masters 4+1 program

The TIM Bachelors and Masters 4+1 program allows qualified students to start the Master of Science in Travel Industry Management as they complete the bachelor’s degree.

The combined program has the following benefits:

  • Nine (9) credits, identified by the program, will double-count for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Increases competitiveness in the job market. This combined program prepares students for advanced careers and leadership roles across the spectrum of the travel industry. According to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), graduates holding a master’s degree make almost 25% more in salary than adults with only a bachelor’s degree.
  • Allows students to finish all requirements for the BS and MS degrees in 5.5 years instead of 6 years.

The TIM Bachelors and Masters 4+1 program keeps the same structure of the current BS and MS programs and requires 156 combined credits (total), including nine (9) credits which will be double-counted for both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. Six (6) credits come from two 600-level courses and three (3) credits from one 400-level course (TIM 431).

The double-counted classes toward BS and MS include TIM 431, TIM 601, TIM 605/606 (depending on emphasis). TIM 601 and TIM 605/606 will count towards a TIM major’s T/T elective & hospitality elective.

  • Students with hospitality management focus are required to take TIM 601 (Research Applications in Travel Industry Management) and TIM 605 (Hospitality Management).
  • Students with tourism/transportation management focus need to take TIM 601 (Research Applications in Travel Industry Management) and TIM 606 (Transportation Economics and Management).

Structure of the TIM Bachelors and Masters 4+1 program

Sequence and timing are very important in the TIM Bachelors and Masters 4+1 program. See a TIM academic advisor before registering for your junior year.

Start preparing for GMAT or take GMAT test.

Start preparing the Graduate Admissions Application materials, including letters of recommendation.

Students take the gateway course (TIM 304). Admission is subject to passing the gateway course with a grade of B or higher.

Completion of GMAT test is recommended by the end of the semester.

Students submit the Graduate Admissions Application and fee as well as all required program admission materials, including GMAT.

February 1st is the deadline for all application materials. Students receive notice of “Early Admission” in Spring of the junior year.

Students are admitted to the MS in TIM.

Students begin double-counted coursework (TIM 601, 3 credits) at the undergraduate tuition rate and are considered dual program students.

Students take TIM 605 (hospitality management) OR TIM 606 (T/T management) and TIM 431 (6 credits), to be double-counted towards the combined program.

The bachelor’s degree is conferred after successful completion of all coursework required for the BS degree.

Students are classified as graduate students and continue the program at the graduate tuition rate.

Students continue MS coursework.

Students choose an appropriate faculty member to serve as their committee chair for the thesis (Plan A) or their advisor for their professional paper (Plan B).

Students who select Plan A start writing a thesis.

Students who select Plan B start writing a professional paper.

A final copy of thesis or professional must be submitted by the submission deadline. Students graduate with the MS at the end of this semester.

Sample Academic Plan (PDF opens in new tab)

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application on or before August 1 prior to entering 4th year.
  • Achieve a B grade or higher in TIM 304.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25. If cumulative GPA is lower than 3.25, student must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • GMAT waived for 2021 applicants (subject to change).
  • Meet with TIM MS Program Director prior to submitting 4+1 application.
  • Submit your resume, statement of goals, objectives, and transcripts to Giulio Ronzoni (

For questions or more information:

Giulio Ronzoni
TIM Graduate Chair

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