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Last Updated 2017-02-17

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. (

Student’s Responsibility

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. (

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 ( 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, go to the main menu, choose “Student Self Service”, “Academic History”, and “View Degree Audit”. 


The 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

Core—16 Credit Hours

  • HMG 7587 Foundations in Hospitality and Tourism Research (3 credit hours)
  • 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 credit hours)
  • HMG 7295 Theories in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)

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 credit hours)
  • 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 hours)
  • 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 hours)
  • HMG 6251 The Management of Lodging Operations (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6585 Data Analysis
  • HMG 6267 Case Studies in Restaurant Management (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6296 Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6347 Advanced Vacation Ownership Resort Planning (3 credit hours)
  • HMG 6446 Hospitality/Tourism Information Technology (3 credit hours)
  • 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 committee.


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 Graduate Programs' Director and Rosen College Examination Committee. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination form.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submittal of an approved program of study.

Candidacy Examinations

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. 

Dissertation Requirements

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

Financial Support

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 website. 


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 awarding.
  • UCF fellowships are awarded on the basis for academic merit.


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.


The 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. 

Student Loans

Graduate 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 Study. (

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.

In 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 progress.

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 Associations

The 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 For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor

Professional Development

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated 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

Job Search

UCF’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 at



Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).


The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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