Last Updated 2016-03-02
Hospitality Management PhD
Together, the Graduate Student Handbook
and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.
The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.
Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:
Policy on Incomplete Grades
A grade of "I" (incomplete) may assigned by an instructor when a student is making consistent progress in a course, but is unable to complete all course requirements due to extenuating circumstances beyond control of the student. Typically any outstanding requirements will be completed in a short period of time following the close of regular classes.
Where an "I" grade is assigned, the student and faculty member must complete an agreement form that specifies how and when the incomplete grade will be made up. The agreement form is submitted by the instructor with his/her grade rolls at the end of the semester, and a copy of this agreement is provided to the Rosen Graduate Office for further follow-up.
Failure to complete course requirements by the agreed upon date may, at the discretion of the instructor, result in the assignment of an "F" grade, or a "U" grade for thesis or research report hours. Incompletes in regular course work left unresolved within one calendar year or prior to graduation will automatically be changed to "F".
Incomplete grades will also affect financial assistance awards. Students cannot receive an incomplete grade while supported on a UCF fellowship and continue to receive the fellowship.
Adviser Role and Responsibility
Graduate students at the Rosen College are directly advised by the Graduate Program Director.He/she will assist students in the interpretation and understanding of university policies, procedures, academic requirements, and curricular offerings leading to the successful completion of your graduate program of study. He/she further assists with schedule planning and provides information about campus resources and services to help students make the most of their experience at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. (www.hospitality.ucf.edu/studentservices/auas.aspx)
It is a student's responsibility to keep informed of all rules, regulations, and procedures required for graduate studies. Please note that graduate program regulations will not be waived or exceptions granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulations or claims a failure of the adviser to keep him/her informed. (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/content/policies.aspx?id=5700#Student_Responsibility_to_Keep_Informed)
Requirements for Graduation
A student must complete and file an Application for Graduation (Intent to Graduate form) in the term preceding the expected term of graduation. The form is part of a graduation packet that can be obtained from the Rosen College Graduate Office. Please note that students who have not applied for graduation by the last day of classes in the term preceding the graduation semester may not be listed in the Graduation Commencement Program. You are encouraged to visit the Registrar’s Office website for information on the academic calendar and other relevant deadlines (www.registrar.sdes.ucf.edu/calendar/academic). Graduates may also contact the Registrar's Office for Commencement ceremony and guest ticket information.
If you do not graduate in the expected term for which you have filed, a new Intent to Graduate form must be filed at the beginning of registration for the new term of anticipated graduation. Graduating students must be enrolled at UCF during the term of graduation.
A student should periodically review his/her degree audit to track the ‘official’ progress towards his/her degree. Visit my.ucf.edu, go to the main menu, choose “Student Self Service”, “Academic History”, and “View Degree Audit”.
CurriculumThe doctoral program requires 58 credit hours of courses beyond the master's degree, including 16 credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization courses, and 15 credit hours of Dissertation.
Required Courses—43 Credit Hours
- HMG 7587 Foundations in Hospitality and Tourism Research (3
- HMG 7589 Advanced Research Methods in Hospitality and
Tourism (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7588 Research Seminar in Hospitality and
Tourism (1 credit hour)
- PAF 7802 Advanced Research Methods in Public
Affairs I (3 credit hours) or HMG 6586 Research Methods in Hospitality and
Tourism (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7804 Advanced Quantitative Methods I (3
- HMG 7295 Theories in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit
Specialization—27 Credit Hours
At least 6 credit
hours should be from HMG 7XXX level courses. Course selection should be based
on the student's area of interest in consultation with the major adviser and
approved by the Graduate Programs' Director.
Select a minimum of two
courses from the following list:
- HMG 7258 Strategies and Tactics:
Lodging (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7546 Strategies and Tactics: Guest
Service Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7715 Strategies and Tactics:
Travel and Tourism (3 credit hours)
- HMG 7876 Strategies and Tactics:
Foodservice (3 credit hours)
Select a minimum of three Research
Electives from the following list:
- HMG 6918 Directed Research (3
- PAF 7805 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Public
Affairs II (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7820 Seminar in Qualitative Methods in
Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- EDF 7475 Qualitative Research in
Education (3 credit hours)
- EDF 7463 Multivariate Statistics (3 credit
- EDF 7406 Analysis of Survey, Record, and Other Qualitative Data
(3 credit hours)
Select the remainder of your minimum 27 credit
hours from any HMG 6000 level or greater courses or approved 6000/7000 level
courses from other UCF colleges.
- FSS 6365 Management of Food
Service Operations (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6227 Advanced Training and
Development in the Hospitality Industry (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6228 Critical Issues in Hospitality Human Resources (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6245 Managing Hospitality and Guest service Organizations (3 credit
- HMG 6251 The Management of Lodging Operations (3 credit
- HMG 6585 Data Analysis
- HMG 6267 Case Studies in Restaurant Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6296 Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit
- HMG 6347 Advanced Vacation Ownership Resort Planning (3 credit
- HMG 6446 Hospitality/Tourism Information Technology (3 credit
- HMG 6476 Feasibility Studies for Hospitality Tourism
Enterprises (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6477 Financial Analysis of
Hospitality Enterprises (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6529 Vacation Ownership
Resort Sales Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6528 Convention and
Conference Sales and Services (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6533
Hospitality/Tourism Industry Brand Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6566 Principles of Destination Marketing and Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6596 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6710 International Tourism Management (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6738 Tourism Industry Analysis (3 credit hours)
- HMG 6797 Event
Administration (3 credit hours)
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
- HMG 7980 Dissertation Research (15 credit hours minimum)
Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to
the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation
committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation
To enter candidacy for the PhD, students
must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned
program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by
the student and major adviser in collaboration with the Rosen College
Examination Committee. The associate dean for graduate studies and research
must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance.
Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy
and enroll in dissertation hours:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation
- Successful completion of
the candidacy examination.
- The dissertation
advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and
graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an
approved program of study.
All PhD candidates will be required to complete two
examinations. The written portion of the Candidacy Exam consists of two days,
each with a different emphasis. Day one encompasses "Area I" of your GPS
(Graduate Plan of Study), and it emphasizes research methodology, statistics
and theory. Day two will have a broader emphasis and encompass "Area II" course
content in your GPS. The latter will further include questions related to your
dissertation topic. Upon completion of the written portion of the examination
students are required to pass a one-hour oral examination with questions
arising from Area I, Area II and your dissertation.
University Dissertation Requirements
The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for dissertation formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.
All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.
The following requirements must be met by dissertation students in their final term:
- Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
- Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
- Defend by the defense deadline
- Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
- Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
- Submit final dissertation document by final submission deadline
Students must format their dissertation according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Dissertation Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.
The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the dissertation process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.
The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rosen College of Hospitality Management
and the University of Central Florida provide multiple resources for financing
your graduate studies. The following provide an overview of those sources
principally accessible through the Rosen College. Additional and more
comprehensive information may be found in the ‘Financial Information’ section
of the UCF
Graduate Catalog and on the College of Graduate Studies Funding
UCF fellowships provide financial
assistance to graduate students to compensate for cost of tuition and fees
only. UCF Fellowships do not require a graduate student to work.
- UCF fellowships are awarded at the university level for graduate
students, international and domestic students, minority students, and newly
admitted students. College recommendation is a principal element in the
- UCF fellowships are awarded on the basis for academic
The Rosen College awards graduate
level assistantships to students; where they are employed by the UCF’s Rosen
College (or local participating institutions) to teach, conduct research, or
perform other task that contribute to the students professional
development. These assistantships may be in the following forms:
- Graduate Assistant
- Teaching Assistant
- Graduate Research Assistant
A Graduate Assistant
(GA) typically provides administrative support for a Rosen College faculty
member or department. GAs are paid a competitive hourly wage from earmarked
funds at the departmental level within the college. Both Masters and Ph.D.
students are eligible for these positions.
A Graduate Teaching
Assistant (GTA) is the ‘teacher of record’ for courses taught in the Rosen
College, and at participating community colleges through a collaborative UCF
and community college initiative. GTAs are paid a stipend for each course
taught and also receive some level of tuition reimbursement. Some GTA
positions are reserved solely for full-time PhD students in the Hospitality
Education Track. Additional positions are also available to full-time students
who have completed at least 18 hours of credit towards their MS degree in
Hospitality & Tourism Management.
A Graduate Research Assistant
(GRA) assists Rosen College faculty member(s) in any and all aspects of
conducting and publishing research. GRAs are paid a competitive stipend and
also receive some level of tuition reimbursement. A limited number of
positions are funded each semester at the college level. Both Master and PhD
students are eligible for these positions.
Rosen College annually awards approximately $250,000 in scholarships. Although
many are restricted by donors to undergraduates, some of the funds may be
available to graduate students. Timely and relevant information on
scholarships, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements is emailed to
students throughout the academic year.
students are eligible to apply for financial aid by completing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the Office of Student
Financial Assistance (MH 120). Applications should be received before March 1
to be considered for a Perkins Loan or Federal Work
Graduate students may be considered for
the Federal Stafford Loan, the Perkins Loan, and the Federal Work Study
Program. Short-term loans are also available for graduate students.
order to be eligible for a Federal Stafford Loan, graduate students must be
degree-seeking, enrolled at least half-time at UCF, and maintain academic
The maximum subsidized loan amount for graduate students is
$8,500. An Entrance Interview is required of first-time borrowers at UCF.
International Student Employment
For information regarding the
employment of international students, see International
Students in the Admission and Registration section of this catalog.
Graduate Student AssociationsThe Graduate Student Association (GSA) is
UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal,
educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please
visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or
graduate program organizations, please see program advisor
Pathways to Success Workshops
by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free
development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic
Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development,
Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to
register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.
Job SearchUCF’s Career Services department offers a
wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These
services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for
the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website