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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration – Hospitality and Tourism

Faculty working with Students: 9
Students: 8
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score
  • 90 MELAB Minimum score
  • 62 Pearson Minimum score
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 92-93 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The PhD in business administration with an emphasis in hospitality and tourism management is designed to prepare graduates for careers in research and teaching at institutions throughout the United States and abroad. Applicants with substantial hospitality and tourism business background are strongly preferred. Incoming students are expected to have both good written and oral communication skills, as well as good analytical skills to facilitate the mastery of research methods and statistics. The course of study requires a battery of hospitality and tourism management courses as well as a group of research design and statistics courses. Students are also expected to take courses from supporting fields of inquiry such as psychology, sociology, management, marketing, etc. The degree normally takes four years to complete and involves taking courses, developing an area (2nd-year) paper, passing a comprehensive exam, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum admissions index score of 1250 is required to be considered for admission. The index is based on the formula GPA x 200 + GMAT (and a TOEFL of 580 for ESL students). There is not a minimum GMAT score requirement. However, successful candidates typically exceed 650.

 

We prefer the GMAT, but we do accept the GRE test as a substitute. In either case, the exam must have been taken within 5 years of the time of application to WSU. A GMAT conversion will be applied to the GRE score submitted by applicants who take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides a conversion chart. The converted GRE score will then be applied to the Carson College of Business admissions index score in the same manner as a standard GMAT score.

GMAT score report code 09D-TL-81 Pearson Test of English score report code: 8Z2-GT-38

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Develop a comprehensive knowledge of theory and methods used in their chosen field and related disciplines.
  2.  A College of Business PhD graduate who has comprehensive knowledge of the theory and methods will be able to:
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of the content in their chosen field and related disciplines.
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of research methods applicable to their chosen field and related disciplines
  3.  Execute quality research.
  4.  A College of Business PhD graduate who can execute quality research will be able to plan, organize, design, construct, and execute research to assess/test research questions and/or  hypotheses.
  5.  Effectively communicate research.
  6.  A College of Business PhD graduate who can effectively communicate will be able to write and present research.
  7.  Be effective teachers.
  8.  A College of Business PhD graduate who is an effective teacher will be able to deliver course content effectively.

Student Opportunities:

Conference funding is generally available for students presenting a paper if the budget allows for it.

Career Opportunities:

  • University Professor
  • Industry Consultant

Career Placements:

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • University of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Temple University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Auburn University
  • North Dakota State University

 

Faculty Members:

Chen, Ming

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gursoy, Dogan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sustainability, services management, hospitality and tourism marketing, tourist behavior, travelers’ information search behavior, community support for tourism development, cross-cultural studies, consumer behavior, involvement and generational leadership.

Hammond, Rhonda, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Wine innovation infusion

Harrington, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Food and drink pairing relationships, innovation management in the hospitality field, co-creation of hospitality experiences, and culinary & wine tourism strategies.

Kim, Jenny Hyun Jeong, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Philander, Khalil

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Seo, Soobin

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Swanger, Nancy Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Zack, Florian

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Jenny Kim
Todd Hall 331C
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-4706