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Doctor of Philosophy in Consumer Sciences, Hospitality and Retail Management

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

Yizhi “Ian” Li
"Each faculty member provides the most and best attention to their students. Advisors really care about the success of their students."
- Yizhi “Ian” Li

Key Features

  • Develop expertise in research methodologies and principles in hospitality and retail management
  • Focus studies in hospitality management or fashion retail management
  • Research integrated into your studies from the start of your degree to graduation
  • Partner with distinguished faculty who are uncovering new ways to enhance consumer experiences and marketing efficiency

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

Career Paths

With a doctoral degree in Hospitality and Retail Management, you'll use your expertise and advanced knowledge to become a university professor or a leader at a research organization in hospitality management or fashion retail industries.

See where more of our graduates have started their careers.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master'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

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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