Master of Professional Studies in Global Hospitality Leadership

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Admissions page for general FAQs related to the application process, tuition, financial aid and more.

You can view and download the Master of Professional Studies Handbook here.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

What are the minimum qualifications for admissions?
Do I need hospitality experience in order to apply?
Will there be a travel component?
May I study abroad for a term?
Who are the faculty for the Global Hospitality Leadership program?
Will the curriculum focus on any specialization areas?
Are internships available, and how do they work?
Can I take other MPS classes not listed in the Global Hospitality Leadership program that might pertain to my core focus and/or interest?
How is this program different from other hospitality/business degree programs?
There are two different lists of course requirements for enrolled students. Please explain.
Why have changes been made to the program name and curriculum for students who start Fall 2017 and after?

 

What are the minimum qualifications for admissions?

Our students come from many backgrounds, including current professionals in the hospitality field, business professionals who are interested in moving into the field and hospitality leaders who wish to enhance their skills and marketability. Individuals with a demonstrated interest in entertainment and/or customer service may also be successful leaders in hospitality.

The program also welcomes applications from recent college graduates who are seeking an exciting career in the hospitality industry. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. See Prerequisites and Requirements in the admissions section for more details.

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Do I need hospitality experience in order to apply?

No. Though it is helpful to have worked or interned in a hospitality or tourism setting, we will consider strong applicants who are recent graduates and professionals who would like to transition to the hospitality industry.

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Will there be a travel component?

Yes, students will have opportunities to travel during their program of study. We are currently exploring options for students to travel in order to gain hands-on experience with the various standards of service and guest expectations across world markets.

Some courses may offer week-long visits to international destinations during the term, and some may offer short visits to regional destinations. Also, we are exploring potential international Practicum (internship) opportunities for students who would like to spend a term abroad. As our courses are continually updated, please check the page often to see which courses are offering travel opportunities. Note that an additional fee (on top of the standard course tuition) may be added for courses that involve travel.

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May I study abroad for a term?

Many students will complete this program on a part-time basis while working, so a traditional study abroad experience is not currently possible. However, as travel and experiencing other areas of the world is critical to understanding hospitality from a global perspective, some courses will offer shorter travel opportunities. In addition, we are currently exploring opportunities for students to spend a term abroad while completing their Practicum (internship) component.

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Who are the faculty for the Global Hospitality Leadership program?

The faculty for this program is comprised of expert practitioners and senior executives employed in the hospitality industry who actively bring case studies, projects, and real world issues to the learning environment. Please see the Faculty section on our website to see the faculty and collaborators currently working with Georgetown University’s Global Hospitality Leadership program.

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Will the curriculum focus on any specialization areas?

At the beginning of their tenure, all students will be required to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the critical core areas of hospitality management including Operations; Finance, Accounting, and Business Administration; Marketing, Communications and Sales; and Human Resources. Additionally, Georgetown students also begin with a mandatory course in Ethics, Leadership Development, and Managerial Skills.

After completing the required core curriculum, students will be able build their own course of study by choosing elective courses in focus areas that address the issues changing the industry today, including Strategic Brand and Experience and Strategic Planning and Development. The required Capstone project at the end of the curriculum is the culmination of the student’s own unique focus within the Global Hospitality Leadership program, allowing students to further customize their experience within the program.

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Are internships available, and how do they work?

The Practicum, or internship component, is an optional elective that can be taken once or twice (three or six total credits) during a student’s course of study. As we emphasize obtaining practical experience as part of the MPS curriculum, students who are not working full-time within the field while studying are strongly encouraged to take one or both Practicum options. A Practicum typically involves at least a 20 hour per week commitment, and internship providers must be approved by the program in advance. We are currently working with a variety of employers to approve their internship opportunities. Students may also present other internships to the faculty director for approval. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

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Can I take other MPS classes not listed in the Global Hospitality Leadership program that might pertain to my core focus and/or interest?

One of the great advantages of being a part of Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies is that many of the MPS programs (Human Resources, PR & Corporate Communications, Real Estate, Sports Industry Management, Urban and Regional Planning) have significant overlap with the hospitality industry. While some of our courses will already be taking advantage of these existing resources via shared faculty or cross-listed classes, students may also take up to six credits from other MPS programs with written permission from both programs’ faculty directors/associate deans.

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How is this program different from other hospitality/business degree programs?

There are several hospitality and tourism-based degrees in the academic marketplace. The Global Hospitality Leadership program at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies has a strongly defined focus on applied management specifically in hospitality, providing you with hands-on learning, practical experience, an exclusive advantage in networking, and a myriad of unique opportunities that will prepare you for a leadership role in hospitality. Organizational partners and industry advisors are here to support you with your career objectives.

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There are two different lists of course requirements for enrolled students. Please explain.

Students who have matriculated in the MPS-GHL program prior to the Fall 2017 semester will be subject to two core courses (Ethics and Capstone), four foundation courses, and five electives. View the Curriculum Overview—Prior to Fall 2017 page for a breakdown.

Students who have matriculated in the MPS-GHL program during or after the Fall 2017 semester or later are subject to an evolved set of course requirements, which includes two core courses (Ethics and Capstone), five foundation courses, and four electives. View the Curriculum Overview page for a breakdown.

Matriculation is defined as the first semester in which a new student enrolls in Hospitality courses.

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Why have changes been made to the program name and curriculum for students who start Fall 2017 and after?

The program leadership and advisory board is actively involved in the continuous improvement of the MPS-GHL degree. These changes are necessary to remain relevant in the ever-changing world of the hospitality business.

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