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Master of Sciences in Consumer Sciences, Hospitality and Retail Management

In our Hospitality and Retail Management master’s program, you will learn the latest knowledge that has substantial impact on today’s hospitality and fashion retail businesses and will prepare you for the next generation of leaders in lodging, foodservice, tourism and fashion retail industries.

Key Features

  • Get prepared for leadership roles
  • Learn management skills and apply research to solve business problems related to hospitality and retail consumers, their judgments and decision-making processes.
  • First-hand experience to deepen your knowledge of hospitality and retail industries
  • Focus studies in hospitality or fashion retail management
  • Two program tracks: Professional industry or research

What You’ll Learn

This innovative and reputable program will teach you the important elements of the profession such as:

  • 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

Career Paths

The Hospitality and Retail Management graduate program has a proven record of successful placement of graduates.

Our graduates have careers in managerial and administrative positions at major hospitality and retail industries, including:

  • Marriott International
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Target Corporation
  • The Limited Corporation
  • Under Armour

Graduates are also well prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

See where more of our graduates have started their careers.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor's degree, GRE/GMAT scores
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework:  Introduction to research in hospitality and retail management, consumer behavior in hospitality and retail management, services in the hospitality and retail industries
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, Consumer Sciences Graduate Student Organization, scholarships, university fellowships, EHE Research Forum, Hayes Research Forum

Plan A - Research Focused MS:
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: Bachelor's degree, GRE/GMAT scores

Plan B - Professional Industry Focused (non-thesis) MS:
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: Bachelor's degree, 3 years of work experience or GRE/GMAT

View the Curriculum Sheet


Julie Hillery, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor
Jay Kandampully, PhD, Professor
Stephanie Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor
Nancy A. Rudd, PhD, Professor


Department of Human Sciences
PAES Building, 1st Floor
305 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Jay Kandampully
Professor, Hospitality and Retail Management

Robert Scharff
Graduate Studies Chair in Consumer Sciences

Graduate Student Services