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PhD in Consumer Sciences, Hospitality Management

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An innovative and reputable program at Ohio State, the Hospitality Management program provides you with cutting-edge knowledge impacting today’s hospitality and fashion retail businesses. 

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Program Features

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What you’ll learn

Learn and conduct research about hospitality and retail consumers, their evaluations of service experiences, their affective and cognitive responses to brands, and their judgments and decision-making processes 

Master important elements of the profession, including: 

  • Advanced knowledge in leadership 
  • Consumer behavior and services marketing principles 
  • Management consulting skills and service design 
  • Technology innovation and social media marketing 
  • Cross-cultural research 
  • Aesthetics, body image, self-representation 
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Current Students Spotlight

Our students make essential contributions to the vibrant intellectual community of our program. Click below to learn more about some of our students’ interests and accomplishments.

Student profiles

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Career Paths 

With a doctoral degree in Hospitality Management, you'll use your expertise and advanced knowledge to become a leader in the hospitality management or fashion retail industries.

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University Faculty
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Food Safety Researcher  
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Industry Researcher 
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Hospitality/Retail Executive
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Funding Opportunities 


Graduate program costs can depend on a variety of factors such as residency, number of credit hours, and number of semesters enrolled. The Graduate Admissions website provides an estimate of annual costs for Ohio residents, domestic non-residents, and international students. The Registrar’s Office provides more in-depth information about Tuition and Fees.

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Degree Requirements 

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Test Scores: GRE/GMAT scores; English language test scores

Expected Time to Degree:

3-4 years

Deadline to apply

December 1

Applications for the next admissions cycle will open September 1

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Program start

Autumn Semester 

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Mode of Instruction

While some courses may be offered online, this degree requires in-person learning on the Columbus campus.

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