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Master of Science Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in a travel-related, hospitality management or business field from an accredited institution is recommended for admission but applicants with degrees in other fields are also encouraged to apply.

Minimum admission standards include an academic grade point average equivalent to 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in baccalaureate work.

Applicants are required to take either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GMAT is preferred and applicants should take the GMAT unless it is not available.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 560 on the paper-based test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT. However, applicants admitted with TOEFL scores of less than 600 on the paper-based test or 80 on the internet-based test (iBT) are required to take English Language Instruction (ELI) courses. The TOEFL requirement is waived only for applicants who have earned a bachelor’s or advanced degree within the last 5 years from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore or the United Kingdom.

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

TIM MS Program Specific Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the ability of the applicant to succeed in graduate study as well as to make future contributions to the travel industry. At least one letter should be from a person familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
  • Two years of work experience or equivalent is preferred but not required.
  • GMAT waived for 2022 applicants (subject to change).

The following should be sent directly to our school:

  • One copy of your resume including academic and professional background
  • Three letters of recommendation in English
  • Applicant’s statement of goals and objectives

Send your letters of recommendation, resume, and your statement of goals and objectives to:

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
School of Travel Industry Management
2560 Campus Road
George Hall 346
Honolulu, HI 96822

Consideration of admission to the MS/TIM program will start after the receipt of all application materials.

Academic Preparation

Our students come from diverse academic backgrounds which contribute to a rich and stimulating classroom environment. There are, however, certain subjects that entering students must be familiar with in order to work from a common knowledge base in our courses. These subjects are: 1) introductory economics, 2) introductory financial and managerial accounting, and 3) introductory statistics. While these subjects are NOT REQUIRED for admission, feel free to contact us if you have questions about your preparation in these areas and your options for meeting this guideline.

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