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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Dedman School of Hospitality

College of Business

The online program for Business Administration, MBA with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management has been suspended effective Fall 2016 and will not be accepting any new students until further notice.

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Director and Robert H. Dedman Professor: Jane Boyd Ohlin; Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Farr; Professors: Bonn, Brymer, Harris, Kim; Associate Professor: Ohlin; Assistant Professors: Hanks, Line, McGinley; Teaching Faculty II: Lanford; Teaching Faculty I: Cross, Johnson, Lewis; Cecil B. Day Professor of Lodging Management: Brymer; Robert H. Dedman Professor of Service Management: Bonn; Robert H. Dedman Professor of Hospitality Management: Kim; Visiting Professor: Weson

The program in hospitality management was established in 1947 in recognition of the demand for hotel and restaurant industry executives, with the objective of providing the kind of education tomorrow’s hospitality leaders will need. The curriculum is designed so that students must meet high standards of achievement in general education and must acquire not only the specialized knowledge needed for their hospitality industry careers, but also understand the basic functions, objectives, and tools of management that are common to executive roles.

The Dedman School of Hospitality is located in the South Building of the University Center, which provides for the specialized academic/training objectives established by the school. In addition to classrooms, this state-of-the-art facility provides hospitality students with teaching kitchens, a technology center, a publication resource center, and a placement center. The building also contains an affiliated 35,000 square-foot, professionally managed city club that provides hospitality students with real-world food and beverage experience in elegant surroundings.

The Dedman School of Hospitality also houses one of a select group of professional golf management (PGM) majors accredited by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). The Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and the Dave Middleton Golf Complex are home to the PGM major. A state-of the-art training facility, a pro shop, restaurant, faculty offices, and classrooms complement the eighteen-hole golf course.

One of the most rewarding benefits of an education in hospitality management or professional golf management at Florida State University is that through the years a personal, intimate, congenial climate, in which students may develop to their fullest potential, has remained a chief attraction. All of the school’s energies and resources are devoted exclusively to preparing each student for a professional career.

The Dedman School of Hospitality is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the best. Many firms visit the school each year to interview students for entry-level management positions. Graduates of the program enjoy top managerial and ownership positions in clubs, restaurants, hotels, resorts, institutions, and other facets of the hospitality and golf industries. The requirement of practical, on-the-job experience, where the student applies classroom knowledge to the workplace, prepares the Dedman School of Hospitality graduate for the operational challenges of industry.

Master of Business Administration with a Major in Hospitality and Tourism Management (MBA-HTM)

The Master of Business Administration with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management (MBA-HTM) program is a two-year degree (six semesters) that builds on the first-rate reputation of the college’s Dedman School of Hospitality, which has been supplying managers for the hospitality industry for nearly seventy years. Our Dedman alumni lead and manage hotels, resorts, convention centers, food services, travel agencies, real estate development projects and cruise lines throughout the world. The new program is completely online and ideal for the following individuals:

  • Professionals already working in the hospitality business who want the skills an advance degree offers without sacrificing their career position.
  • Recent Florida State hospitality graduates who want a jump start on a management track.
  • International students seeking to earn an MBA from an American university and gain expertise in the business of hospitality and tourism.

The Master of Business Administration with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management (MBA-HTM) program is an online program only. Students must complete thirty-three semester hours. The program is designed so that students can complete the degree in twenty-four months by taking two online courses each semester. Entry into the program occurs in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Deadlines for receipt of all application materials are June 1 for Fall, October 1 for Spring, and March 1 for Summer.

For additional information related to the graduate MBA-HTM program, contact the Graduate Office, College of Business, P.O. Box 3061110, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 32306-1110, or via e-mail at

Definition of Prefixes

HMG—Hospitality Management: Graduate

Graduate Courses

HMG 5270. Lodging and Resort Management (3). This course helps students gain a thorough understanding of the foundational metrics and definitions that are used by the hotel industry. Students analyze various types of hotel industry data and make strategic inferences based upon that analysis and a comprehensive understanding of benchmarking and performance reports.

HMG 5292. Sustainable Hospitality Management (3). This course provides an inclusive synopsis of the central issues confronting the hospitality industry regarding the economic, environmental, and social effects of facility development and operations in the hospitality field. In the course, students are introduced to diverse theoretical thought and practical applications as they relate to sustainable practices.

HMG 5296. Business Strategy for the Hospitality Industry (3). This course provides students with an advanced understanding of both theoretical and practical issues within the domain of strategic management.

HMG 5465. Hospitality Financial Management (3). This course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and theoretical framework that form the foundation of corporate financial management decisions in the hospitality industry. In this course, students develop skills in framing and solving quantitative business problems, using both a calculator and Excel. The course also includes lessons on time value of money, valuation, capital structure, project valuation, feasibility study, franchising, and management contract.

HMG 5466. Hospitality Revenue Management (3). This course covers important topics including, but not limited to, the following: revenue management applications that hospitality managers can use to increase revenue without increasing products or promotions, strategies for tapping into new markets, and effectively and efficiently delivering products and services to customers.

HMG 5477. Financial and Cost Control Systems for Hospitality and Tourism Organizations (3). This course offers an in-depth analysis of corporate financial statements, financial feasibility, asset valuation, financial projections, tax environments, and capital acquisition in hospitality and tourism organizations.

HMG 5506. Services Marketing and Research for Hospitality and Tourism Organizations (3). This course examines marketing and service industries within the context of the services marketing mix and the implementations of service strategies in the hospitality and tourism industry.

HMG 5697. Managing Legal Risks of Hospitality Organizations (3). This course is designed to provide insights into the legal issues faced by the hospitality industry. Emphasis is placed on issues most likely to lead to litigation against operators in the hospitality industry. Topics are focused on employment law and current issues and trends are at the forefront of our analysis.

HMG 5756. Convention Services and Events Management (3). This course provides a comprehensive approach to managing, marketing, and planning conventions, special events, meetings and conferences.

HMG 5800. Food and Beverage Management (3). This course is an advanced investigation into restaurant operations and management. It includes research as to how restaurants are licensed, evaluated, inspected, and approved according to state regulations. Students produce research, study trends, and learn how to work with state officials for the opening of new facilities that meet state expectations.

HMG 5908r. Studies in Hospitality and Tourism (3). This course provides graduate students the opportunity to explore subjects of interest which are not offered within the existing list of courses.

HMG 5937. Special Topics (3). This course provides students with the recent trends and tools necessary to effectively manage a global hospitality/tourism service operation in a realistic and practical manner. The course delves deep into topics associated with current events and contemporary trends in the hotel industry, ranging from legal, political, strategic, human resources, and operational concerns. This course also acquaints students with major issues and challenges confronting the hospitality and tourism industry.


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