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Become a bold leader in the hospitality industry.

As a working professional in the hospitality industry, you recognize the need to sharpen your analytical skills and gain a wider strategic view so that you’re ready for a larger managerial role.

Established brands in the hospitality industry are seeking more market share while emerging brands are trying to identify and claim niche markets. Our intensive program will help you predict future change and lead with confidence.

The M.S. in hospitality business management is available as a thesis or non-thesis program. The 1-year non-thesis option is ideal for you if you’re already working in hospitality – the operational management skills you’ll gain are immediately applicable to your career. The 2-year thesis option prepares you for an academic career – its focus on research makes it the perfect step into a Ph.D. program.

Program Highlights

Hospitality Facilities

Apply the skills you’re gaining in our two learning labs: the Marriott Center for Tourism and Hospitality, in which you’ll learn and work in a Marriott hotel, and the student-operated gourmet restaurant Vita Nova.

Among the Nation’s Best

The Lerner master’s degree in hospitality business management is ranked fourth out of 117 schools by

Program Options

  • Non-thesis: 1 year, 30 credits. Immediately applicable practical, analytical and operational skills.
  • Thesis: 2 years, 39 credits. Focus on research skills for those who wish to pursue an academic career and enter a Ph.D. program.

Program Requirements

All students are expected to have at least two years of work experience, including internships.

Core Courses (27 credits)
HOSP 801 – Hospitality Industry Foundations
HOSP 887 – Revenue Management in Hospitality
HOSP 802 – Customer Experience Management
STAT 608 – Statistical Research Methods
HOSP 842 – Projects and Valuations in Hospitality
HOSP 804 – Hospitality Finance
HOSP 845 – Advanced Restaurant Management
BUAD 870 – Managing People, Teams and Organizations
HOSP 803 – Strategic Management in Hospitality
Non-Thesis Option: Advanced Lodging Practicum (3 credits)

A 6-week rotation of duties at the Courtyard by Marriott–Newark at the University of Delaware wherein you engage in operational observations and analytical assignments aimed at improving the strategic position of the hotel.
Thesis Option: Research Courses (12 credits)

Research methods elective
HOSP 887 – Research Methods in Hospitality
HOSP 869 – Thesis

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are everywhere in the hospitality industry. By 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that wage and salary jobs in the hospitality industry will grow by 8 percent.

In the United States, travel and tourism are among the nation’s largest services export industries, and one of America’s largest employers. In fact, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, hospitality ranks among the top-10 largest industries in 48 states.

Recent News: Hospitality

How technology could make hotels feel more like home - A hotel room door that opens with your smartphone – no room key required. In-room virtual reality glasses providing virtual tours of famous landmarks. Smart device-controlled lighting and thermostat, a smart TV connected to your Netflix account, and smart room service that accepts smartphone orders. These innovations and more are on the horizon to become […]
What can you do with a hospitality degree? An interview with Lerner alum Adam Vitale - Adam Vitale (pictured) graduated from the University of Delaware in 2001 with a bachelor of science in hotel, restaurant and institutional management (HRIM) and minors in business administration and history. He is now the president of G & M Distributors, a wholesale beverage distributor serving in Illinois. What kind of work does your current position […]
Hospitality Business Management Alumni Association connecting current students, alumni - Lerner College’s Hospitality Business Management Alumni Association is connecting alumni to the University of Delaware community as they excel in their careers, long after graduation. Hilary Chattler is a 2010 graduate of the hospitality business management department’s hotel, restaurant and institutional management degree. She now works as the director of catering sales for Aramark at […]

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Srikanth Beldona, director of graduate studies

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