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Degree Title

Master of Science

Apply by:

Dec. 08

To begin:

Jan. 06

Overview

Known as the MBA for the hospitality industry, FIU’s online master’s degree in Hospitality Management with a specialization in Mega Events is an applied business degree that gives you the flexibility to learn in your own space, at your own pace.

Mega-Events, defined here as events with more than 10,000 attendees, are becoming more common, with attendance at programs growing on average 22% in the last ten years. Larger events are inherently more complicated, requiring additional security and facility concerns, as well as presenting greater budgetary and marketing pressures. Such considerations are not typically addressed in most event management educational programs, but are the specific focus of this master’s program. This program has been developed for those who have mastered the basics of event management and are now looking to prepare themselves for their next step in their career development. Courses focus on festivals, trade shows, major conventions, sports events, and concerts. Students without prior event experience or event management education will need to complete specified prerequisite preparation before taking the advanced event courses.

With a wide range of careers, the hospitality industry is one of the largest sectors in the service industry and provides a vast number of opportunities for those with an MS in Hospitality Management – Mega Events Specialization.

  • Why Apply?

    Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the United States. Online students reap the benefits of education from FIU, which sits in one of the most strategic locations for any hospitality management school. South Florida is a global epicenter for the hospitality and tourism industries and is recognized as the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. The Chaplin School is also in close proximity to mega theme parks in Orlando and Tampa. Top hotel brands, restaurants, airlines, spas, clubs, golf destinations and cruise lines call Miami their home. In fact, Miami is known as the cruise ship capital of the world.

    Partnerships
    The school maintains a collaboration with Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits as co-producer of the  Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival and continues to develop meaningful relationships with a long list of organizations in the industry. Partners come from all over the world and have been valuable in efforts to expand funding opportunities to students, serve the local community, provide employment experiences, and deliver the resources needed to advance the quality of education and service provided to students and alumni. Building meaningful relationships with organizations in the industry has been an integral part of the Chaplin School’s successful existence. 

    Industry Statisticss
    According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. travel and tourism industry generated over $1.5 trillion in economic output in 2016, supporting 7.6 million U.S. jobs. The Department of Commerce projects that international travel to the United States should grow by 2.7 percent annually through 2022. The United States leads the world in international travel and tourism exports and ranks second in terms of total visitation. The median annual wage for administrative services managers was $94,020 in May 2017 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $163,480, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Courses

    Learn the ins and outs of mega events from concept to creation. This degree will prepare you with all of the needed information to formulate the business plans necessary to carry off a sizable event. Courses will cover finances, contracts and strategic management, to make you a key player for any type of event and venue.

    • Hospitality and Tourism Industry Research Analysis: 3
    • Hospitality and Tourism Technology Innovations: 3
    • Financial Management for the Hospitality Industry: 3
    • Hospitality Law Seminar: 3
    • Global Issues in Hospitality and Tourism: 3
    • Strategic Management for Hospitality and Tourism: 3
    • Graduate Internship: 3
    • Event Feasibility: 3
    • Event Marketing and Sponsorship: 3
    • Event Safety & Security Planning: 3
    • Mega Events Management: 3
  • Requirements

    Admissions Requirements and Documents

    Four years of prior experience in event management, a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in events, or possession of appropriate industry certification. If none of these are met, a successful completion of a specific pre-requisite preparation course prior to admission is necessary.

    The following must be submitted: 

    Online master's programs application ($30).

    GPA - Minimum 3.0 GPA required to waive GRE/GMAT

    GMAT/GRE – Contact department for minimum requirement.

    Official transcripts -- All applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities. Transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes directly from the respective institutions. A four-year bachelor degree from an accredited institution as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. 

    Proof of Degree -- Submit official proof of degree: a notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcripts. 

    Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admissions. 

    International Students

    Proof of English Language Proficiency. If you earned a bachelor degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by earning a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL required minimum score: 550 (paper-based exam) or 80 (internet-based). IELTS required minimum score: 6.5. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years. View list of TOEFL/IELTS-exempt countries.

    Official Transcripts Translation. If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.

    Certified Copy of Diploma if you obtained your degree at a foreign institution. 

    Note to international students: I-20s or F-1 transfers will not be issued since it is an online program. 

    Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

    FIU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 659004, Miami, FL 33265-9004 

    Address for Express Mail/Courier Services:

    FIU Graduate Admissions, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, BT 201, 11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199

    Transcripts from domestic universities can be sent electronically directly from the issuing institution to gradadm@fiu.edu

  • Tuition and Aid

    $24,750
  • Top Faculty

    Faculty value student exploration and encourage innovation. They serve as mentors and models who challenge and inspire students. Chaplin school faculty members combine strong academic credentials with excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience to inspire students to become leaders in hospitality and tourism. Students learn from experts on all aspects on the field from wine tasting to leadership and entrepreneurship to sustainability. Professors are steeped in knowledge about the newest new inroads to outside fields such as healthcare, and the geopolitical influence on hospitality in emerging markets. Faculty also prepare students with sound approaches to financing and networking to help encourage opportunities and innovation.
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33 Credits Required

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$24,750 Tuition (In-State)

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$24,750 Tuition (Out-of-State)

Highlights

  • Ranked No. 1 Best Online Hospitality Management Program by BestColleges.com
  • Ranked No. 1 for Best Online Hotel Management Programs by AffordableCollegesOnline.com
  • Chaplin School ranked in top 50 worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject), 2019.
  • 12-month program
  • Flexible schedule
  • No industry experience required
  • No thesis required