The Collins College of Hospitality Management has been ranked ninth among the top 26 hospitality and tourism graduate programs, according to a recent study.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, ranked institutions based on quality from 2002 to 2012. The journal is published by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, an accrediting body for programs in hospitality administration.
“Our master’s program is only three and a half years old,” said Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Myong Jae (MJ) Lee. “To be included in the top 10 programs nationwide is a huge accomplishment for us. It is exciting to receive validation for our hard work.”
The college’s ninth-place ranking was based on data from 2011-12, which included assessments of the curriculum, student body, resources and faculty. That was an improvement upon the 15th-place ranking based on 2005-06 data in the study.
The Collins College did not start its master’s degree program in hospitality management until the fall 2010. Prior to that, the college offered an MBA with a hospitality emphasis in conjunction with the College of Business Administration — a degree program that still exists today.
The top 10 schools in the study were:
- Purdue University
- University of South Carolina
- University of Nevada-Las Vegas
- University of Houston
- Virginia Tech
- Kansas State
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- Cal Poly Pomona
- Iowa State