The Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, in cooperation with the Office of Graduate & Executive Programs, offers a MBA/MS in Hospitality Business Management dual degree option. The dual degree option allows the student to complete both the MBA and the MS in Hospitality Business Management with a total of 60 credits. The MBA/MS Hospitality Business Management combines the required courses in the MBA program with the required and elective courses in the MS in Hospitality Business Management. See sample curriculum. This program is jointly administered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics Graduate and Executive Programs office and the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.
Requirements for Admission
Students desiring to pursue the joint MBA/MS Hospitality Business Management must apply directly to the dual degree program and must meet the admissions requirements for both program (see the University catalog for those requirements). The admissions directors for each program will evaluate the application separately and will apply the same criteria as specified in their respective programs. The prospective student is encouraged to see the admissions policies for both programs in the graduate catalog. For example, whereas the MS in Hospitality Business Management program accepts students with no work experience, the MBA program requires 2 years of full-time professional experience to be considered for admission.
The MBA/MS in Hospitality Business Management is a joint degree program. As such, the joint programs must be completed and the dual degree is conferred. Students admitted to the MBA/MS joint degree program who later decide they only want to complete one of the degrees must apply separately to the desired program for admission as a candidate in that program. Students who complete the single degree (MBA or MS in Hospitality Business Management) may not at a later date be admitted to the dual degree program. In such case the student would be required to complete all requirements for the second degree. A student who is initially admitted to either degree and who decides to pursue the dual degree must apply for change of degree to the MBA/MS dual degree prior to receiving the first degree
Requirements for the Dual Degree
The MBA/MS in Hospitality Business Management program combines the core MBA courses with the required courses of the MS in Hospitality Business Management program as prescribed in the MBA/ MS HBM dual degree curriculum. Careful planning is required in order to complete the program in a timely manner.
Students may apply for the MBA/MS in Hospitality Business Management on either a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in two and a half years, although with careful planning the dual degree can be completed in two years. Part-time students are expected to complete the program in approximately four years.
Transfers of coursework earned elsewhere, and waivers of courses are allowable under the same provisions as the MBA and MS in Hospitality Business Management programs separately. Regardless of course waivers, dual degree students must complete a minimum of 60 credits of coursework at the graduate level at the University of Delaware.
Students must maintain continuous enrollment in every regular semester (fall and spring) throughout their program unless by approved leave of absence.
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