International Hospitality and Tourism Management, M.I.H.T.M.
Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management
The University of South Carolina’s Master of International Hospitality and Tourism
Management degree is designed for industry professionals who want to advance their
Learn from world-renowned scholars and industry experts at one of the top graduate
programs in the country. The University of South Carolina's School of Hospitality
and Tourism Management is ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. for hospitality and tourism
Degree Program Highlights
30 credit-hour program: Earn your master’s degree in one year!
Flexible curriculum delivery: Study online or on campus.
Thesis and professional tracks.
Learn from global scholars and industry leaders
Among the Best
The University of South Carolina ranks among the top 10 schools in the U.S. for hospitality
and tourism management according to the ShanghaiRanking's 2022 Global Ranking of Academic
Students have the option to earn their master's degree in hospitality and tourism
management on campus or via distance learning and at their own pace. Synchronous distance
delivery using Adobe Connect provides remote students with an engaging, interactive
classroom experience where they learn in real time with on-campus classmates and professors.
Additional asynchronous course options give students the flexibility to complete courses
online and at their convenience.
The degree program includes 30 credit hours of innovative classes covering specialized
topics in business analytics, strategic leadership, marketing and social media, customer
experience management, talent management and finance. Elective courses and field projects
allow students to tailor their degree to their interests, including international
learning opportunities. Thesis (research) and non-thesis (professional) tracks are
available to match students’ career objectives.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is home to world-renowned scholars,
industry experts and impactful research centers that provide opportunities for students
to get involved in cutting edge research:
SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development
International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education
International Tourism and Research Institute
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel & Tourism Industry Center
Culinary and Wine and Beverage Institutes
Three Ways to Get Started
For current bachelor’s degree students, the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program allows you to start taking graduate classes as part of your undergraduate coursework.
This option is perfect for any student who wants to graduate with two degrees in less
And for students who have their undergraduate degree and are ready to earn their master’s,
we accept new students throughout the year and can create a course plan that matches
your career goals and schedule. More information on how to apply to the MIHTM program
Spring semester: November 15
Summer session: May 1
Fall Session: July 1
International student deadlines are one month earlier.
All applicants for the MIHTM program must apply through the Graduate School. For more detailed information about the specific degree requirements, please visit
the academic bulletin. Prospective students should complete the main application form and pay the $50 application
fee online. In addition, applicants must send all supporting material directly to
the Graduate School.
The following supporting material is required with the application:
A current resume.
A one- to two-page statement of career objectives that states how the MIHTM curriculum
will help the applicant achieve their career objectives.
At least two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a current or former
professor who can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies.
The Letter of Recommendation Form from the Graduate School website may be used but is not required. Letters may be
sent directly from recommenders or, if submitted by the applicant, must be submitted
in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the sealed flap.
One official transcript from each college or university attended (undergraduate and,
if applicable, graduate). Successful applicants generally have a GPA of 3.0 or above
(on a 4.0 scale).
Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
Successful applicants generally score at least 500 (verbal and quantitative combined)
on the GMAT or at least 300 on the GRE. GMAT/GRE scores more than five years old
will not be accepted under any circumstances. The code for submitting GMAT scores
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
International applicants who have received a degree from a college or university in
the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS. Test scores are valid
for two years only.
Get in Touch
Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor School of Hospitality and Tourism Management