The Ph.D. program is a 60-credit, multi-conceptual and research-based degree program designed to produce top quality hospitality and tourism educators and researchers. It not only focuses on preparing students to be excellent teachers at the university level, but also engages them in conducting scholarly research in hospitality and tourism management. Upon graduation, students will be able to teach and research at the university level, and work at industry and research institutions. The Ph.D. program is highly competitive, seeking motivated individuals who are committed to pursuing academic and research careers in hospitality and tourism. The program is partly supported by the Ace Denken Co. Ltd. Endowment.

A critical component of the program is the faculty. The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality includes a faculty with both research and practical experience in all facets of the hospitality and tourism industry. Faculty members regularly publish both scholarly and applied research articles and consult with the industry on operational problems and strategies.

The application deadline for all students is January 1 for fall admittance. The program is a fall entry only program. All documentation and application materials must be submitted through the Graduate College’s online application system by the deadline.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Plan, organize, design, construct, conduct, and present scholarly research that demonstrates the effective implementation of research skills.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the content in the student’s major/minor area of interest.
  • Create and deliver curricular and instructional materials in the student’s areas of teaching.
  • Engage in a long-term service commitment to the hospitality and tourism profession.

Career Possibilities


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Doctor of Philosophy - Hospitality Administration


William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality is among the highest ranked hospitality management programs in the world. By blending classroom and real-world experience, our students receive a well-rounded and affordable pathway towards a successful career.