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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.

The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has several graduate assistantships available every year for full-time students. Each graduate assistantship covers tuition expenses and provides a generous monthly salary, in exchange for providing research and teaching support and assistance to faculty for 20 hours per week

Graduate Degree Requirements

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.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in travel-related, hospitality management or business filed from an accredited US college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning. Applicants with degrees in other fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in the baccalaureate work and in the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Two years full-time work experience, preferably at the supervisory or managerial level.
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and where applicable, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 560.
    • The minimum acceptable TOEFL iBT score is 80.
  • Submit resume, statement of goals and objectives, and three (3) letters of recommendation addressing the ability of the applicant to succeed in graduate study and to make future contributions to the travel industry. At least one letter should be from a person familiar with the applicant’s academic work. Letters must be written in English and include the writer’s signature and contact information.
  • Academic preparation: there are 3 courses necessary for candidacy. If student did not take these 3 courses, will need to take them during the first academic year.
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Introduction to Micro-Economics
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting

GMAT waived for 2022 applicants (subject to change).

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