May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Hospitality Administration (Ph.D.)


The Ph.D. in Human Ecology with Specialization in Hospitality  Administration is offered through the Hospitality Management graduate program. The department participates in the Ph.D. degree program awarded from the College of Health and Human Sciences with a specialization in Hospitality Administration. Admission to the Ph.D. program requires the completion of a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Regular admission requires a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in a master’s degree program.

Completion of the following prerequisite coursework is required for regular admission:

  • accounting or finance
  • management concepts
  • marketing
  • foodservice management, event, and/or lodging management

If these prerequisites are not met, the student may be admitted provisionally with the expectation that these deficiencies will be removed within the first two semesters at K-State.

One year of full time (or 2000 hours, if not full time) experience in some aspect of the hospitality industry is required. Management experience is preferred.

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). International applicants are required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English.

  • Applicants who are submitting a paper-based TOEFL (PBT) test scores must have a minimum total score of 550 with no part score below 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0 or higher.

  • Applicants who are submitting an IELTS score must have a minimum total score of 6.5 with part scores of 6.5 or higher on the reading, listening, and writing sections.

  • Applicants who are submitting a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score must have a minimum total score of 58 with part scores of 58 or higher.

  • Applicants who are submitting iBT TOEFL (internet-based) scores must have a minimum total score of 79 with no part score below 20 on the reading, listening, or writing sections. An international applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from an accredited college or university in the United States is exempt from this requirement.

More information in regards to English Proficiency Requirements can be found online:

International applicants must also submit an Affidavit of Financial Support.

Application materials include: official transcript of all completed academic work; GRE or GMAT scores and TOEFL scores, if applicable; statement of objectives; resume; and an Affidavit of Financial Support, if applicable. Students desiring to apply for the Ph.D. program submit the above materials online using the link:

Applicants will be able to designate three individuals for letters of recommendation online. 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.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 15 credit hours of dissertation research. The number of hours from a previously completed master’s degree which may be counted toward the 90 hour requirement is decided by the student’s supervisory committee and the Graduate School. A maximum of 30 hours may be transferred from a completed master’s degree. A maximum of nine credit hours can be transferred from graduate work completed after the master’s degree at another accredited university. Doctoral students are required to pass both written and oral preliminary examinations prior to admission to candidacy.

Doctor of Philosophy Course Requirements

Research and Methodology (33 Credit Hours)

Other Elective Graduate Courses (31 Credit Hours)

Courses must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Nine hours must be from HM.