Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration

"Students conducting research really get to take advantage of the partnerships that have been formed between the college and the industry."
-Wen Chang '16 Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

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.

Application Deadline

All documentation and application materials must be in the Hospitality Graduate Studies Office by the January 15 deadline for fall admittance. We do not admit in the spring. The committee will meet shortly after the deadline to review and rank the candidates. You will be notified of the committee’s decision after their final determination.

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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.

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Program Advisor

James Busser, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Ph.D. Program
Phone: 702-895-0942
Fax: 702-895-4872

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