Applying to the M.S. in Hospitality Business Management
The application can be submitted before taking the GRE or GMAT. Indicate on your application the scheduled date of GRE or GMAT exam. However, late exam submission will delay application processing and the admission decision. GRE/GMAT scores of international students have to be in by June 1 for fall semester.
- Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis
- To be considered favorably for financial aid: December 15
- International Students – Last date to submit a fall application: June 1
- Domestic Students – Last date to submit a fall application: August 28
We prefer that students enroll in the fall semester. However, depending on the background of the student, we may occasionally admit in spring. Please note that decisions on financial aid are made in the fall semester only.
1. Application Fee
A $75 application fee is due when you submit your online application. Waivers are available for qualified students.
2. Bachelor’s Degree
A four-year bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. If you have a three-year non-U.S. degree, you may request a review for determination as to equivalency.
Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework are required with your application. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage. An English translation must accompany transcripts issued in a language other than English.
A resume or curriculum vitae that documents your prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received and a summary of your educational credentials.
Well-qualified applicants will have:
- A good academic record (GPA of 3.0/4 or equivalent)
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong and relevant work experience
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Demonstrated intellectual interest to study, collaborate and participate knowledge building
6. GMAT or GRE Scores
Both GRE and GMAT test scores are acceptable. While the following scores are competitive, please note that the GRE/GMAT is a contributing factor in determining admission, but not completely decisive. We look at the whole academic packet to determine a student’s admission. The scores below are suggestive.
- GRE: Verbal + Quantitative: 300 or higher
- GMAT: 550 or higher
7. Personal Statement
A personal statement or essay addressing your professional and academic achievements that will help you succeed in international business.
Your personal statement should answer the questions:
- Why do you wish to pursue your graduate studies at the University of Delaware?
- How will an M.S. in Hospitality Business help you achieve your goals?
8. Three Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation forms are emailed directly from the online application to the three recommenders whose names and email addresses you provide. Instruction for returning the completed forms is included in the emails.
You may also be required to pass a formal interview. Interviews may be conducted in-person or on Skype if necessary.
* Visit the registrar’s website for residency requirements.
All graduate students are responsible for mandatory fees in the Fall and Spring semesters. These fees vary based on whether a student is taking the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Please visit the Graduate Fees and Financial Aid page in the Graduate Catalog for full details.
Full- and Half-Assistantship Awards
Full or half assistantships are available to qualified candidates based on skill sets and competitive standing. The full assistantship award includes a stipend of $19,000 and full tuition payment for the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. In addition, the student will be eligible for reduced costs for medical and accidental insurance. The stipend carries with it the responsibility of working with faculty on research and technical assistance projects for 20 hours per week during the academic year. Half assistantships include a stipend of $9,500 over the same term, and a half tuition payment. Work requirements for half assistantships are 10 hours per week during the academic year.
Delaware ProStart Fellow
The Delaware ProStart Fellow is an award provided to full-time and part-time M.S. in HBM students who are interested in helping with the management of the ProStart program and associated events at the Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA). Prime fellow candidates possess an outgoing personality, strong interest in and/or work history in the restaurant industry, and the ability to multitask efficiently. The award includes one-half tuition payment for the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. Indicate interest in this position during the application process by contacting the graduate program director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shortlisted candidates will also be interviewed by the DRA.
Delaware Restaurant Association Fellow
The Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) Fellow is provided to a full-time student of the M.S. in HBM program who shows promise and potential in the development and management of restaurants. The DRA offers advocacy, representation, education and networking opportunities to restaurants in the state of Delaware. Prime fellow candidates possess an outgoing personality, strong interest in and/or work history in the restaurant industry, and the ability to multitask efficiently. The award includes a stipend of $9,000 and one-half tuition payment for the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. In addition, the student will be eligible for reduced costs for medical and accidental insurance. Indicate interest in this position during the application process by contacting the graduate program director at email@example.com. Shortlisted candidates will also be interviewed by the DRA.
English Proficiency Requirements
As an international applicant, you must demonstrate your ability to communicate in English by doing one of the following:
- Submit a TOEFL score of 90 or higher,
- Submit an IELTS score of 7 or higher,
- Provide proof of having earned a college degree in a country where English is the primary language, or
- Apply through the Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
The Graduate & Professional Education office provides more detailed TOEFL information on its test scores page.
Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
The Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP) provides international students acceptance into the program without the need to take the TOEFL exam. After completing Graduate CAP at the University of Delaware’s English Language Institute (ELI), you begin your graduate coursework at Lerner.
Services for International Students
UD and the Lerner College offer many services to help you, both in class and out.
- The Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
- Graduate student organizations
- Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)