Dec 07, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Hospitality Management

A student that successfully completes this program through the Department of Hospitality Management will receive both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Hospitality Management (HM) and a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in Hospitality Administration.

This program has theses and coursework formats.

Admission Requirements

The application process is the same as for the traditional M.S. degree except that completion of the B.S. degree is not required. The following requirements must be met before an individual can be admitted into this program:

The student must be seeking a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management at Kansas State University and have completed a minimum of 75 credit hours toward the B.S. degree. The student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.0.

Application Process

Application for admission will be  completed online and can be accessed via the following link found on the graduate school website: Once you create an account, you will be able to choose the degree program you seek and manage the application process. The graduate school website includes step-by-step instructions (

Application for admission should include the following information:

  • Statement of objectives designating desired area of specialization, summarizing academic and/or professional experience, and identifying professional goals.
  • Current resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Follow the steps as you complete the online application. Enter the contact information of each reference online, and the system will request the letters of recommendation. Recommenders will upload their letters directly to your application using the links provided.
    • For concurrent B.S./M.S. application, one letter of recommendation must be from a faculty member in hospitality management.
  • Official transcript for all college coursework.

You must upload an electronic copy (PDF preferred) of transcript(s) from each college or university where you have taken any higher education courses. You may also have previous institutions send official transcripts to Department of Hospitality Management.

Transcripts become part of your records at K-State and will not be returned.

Program Formats and Guidelines

Since there is some overlap between undergraduate and graduate study, some graduate courses will satisfy the degree requirements of the undergraduate degree. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours from the M.S. degree can be counted toward the B.S. degree.

Additional conditions:

The student must complete 30 (thesis) or 36 (coursework) graduate credit hours with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Students with the course-only, non-thesis option may also choose graduate certificate programs offered at Kansas State University to develop a specialty area.

The student must complete all B.S. undergraduate degree requirements.

At least 18 hours of the program of study should be at the 700 or above level.

Once an individual is admitted to the concurrent degree program, the student should consult the departmental and university graduate handbooks for policies and procedures for graduate degrees, including: supervisory committee, final examination, thesis defense, etc. The student’s supervisory committee must approve the program of study, which is a statement of the student’s graduation requirements.

The B.S. degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. Alternatively, the B.S. and M.S. degrees may be awarded concurrently.

Required Courses (19 credit hours)

  • Credits: 3
  • or

  • FSHS 806 -Statistical Methods in Family Studies and Human Services I Credits: 3
  • HM 805 - Advanced Foodservice Management Credits: 3
  • HM 815 - Advanced Lodging Management Credits: 3
  • HM 825 - Advanced Meeting and Business Event Management Credits: 3
  • HM 835 - Survey of Research in Hospitality Management Credits: 3
  • MANGT 880 - Business Strategy Credits: 3
  • HM 905 - Advanced Hospitality Strategic Management Credits: 3
  • HM 885 - Seminar in Hospitality Administration Credits: 1
  • HM 895 - Financial Management and Cost Controls for the Hospitality Industry Credits: 3
  • MANGT 820 - Behavioral Management Theory Credits: 3

Additional Courses if Completing the Thesis Option (11 credit hours)

  • HM 899 - Research in Hospitality Administration Credits: 1-18 (6 credit hours)
  • Graduate Course Electives Credits: 5 (Courses must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee)

Additional Courses if Completing the Non-thesis Option (17 credit hours)

  • Courses must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Six credit hours must be from HM.