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Program Rankings
  • #8 in the nation, #23 worldwide, Eduniversal, 2023
  • #13 in the nation, #18 worldwide, CEOWorld Magazine, 2023 (world's best hospitality and hotel management schools)

2021 Graduate Outcomes
  • 24% average salary increase
  • 80% employed within 3 months of graduation
  • $90,000 maximum reported salary
What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $38,438
Non-Georgia residents: $45,675
Out-of-Country residents: $46,545
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

How long will it take?

12 months (3 semesters). Offers a fast track into the workforce. Classes up to three days a week: Monday-Thursday, afternoon and evening sessions.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Buckhead Center (3348 Peachtree Rd. NE)

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Domestic Applicants
We offer various application deadlines to U.S. residents. By applying earlier in the cycle, you will receive priority consideration for a graduate assistantship. After the final deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis until one week before class starts.

International Applicants
International applicants who need a student visa must apply by an earlier, hard deadline.

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Global Hospitality Management, Master of

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Through the Regynald G. Washington Master of Global Hospitality Management program, students become completely adept at using the latest technologies to drive innovation across all hospitality sectors. In addition to taking six core courses covering the foundations of the hospitality field, students pursue a career track addressing the need for visionary talent who can handle constant change and spearhead data-driven solutions.

Career Tracks

Hotel Development
Commercial real estate is inseparable from the hotel landscape. In fact, it is an overwhelmingly prominent component of a hotel’s value. In addition to property owners, operations staff such as general managers are now increasingly sensitive to decisions enhancing a hotel's value. This track equips students with skills in hotel investment, acquisition, appraisal, asset management, consulting, feasibility and capital formation. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and deep industry engagement.

Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Disruptive innovations have sparked massive opportunities in the hospitality arena. Hotel owners are eager to entice guests with novel products and services, and to embrace automation—a formerly taboo term in an industry that viewed customer service as primarily human-centric. Plus, the "ghost kitchen" concept has turned the restaurant space on its head, shaking the definition of a dining experience to its core. Hospitality professionals must adapt by reaching customers with new technologies, marketing strategies, and distribution mechanisms. This career track will train such pioneers.

Fintech Innovation
Hoteliers and restaurant owners had no choice but to adopt contactless check-in and payment options amidst a global pandemic. Now customers expect digital options to be the permanent norm. But along with the huge convenience factor of e-wallets come issues such as client no-shows, processing errors, and fraud. Hospitality professionals are looking for a centralized fintech platform allowing customers to register and verify their credit card information, as the cost of implementation is too high for any single hotel. This certificate will enable students to understand how fintech will inevitably change and improve how hospitality professionals conduct business.

Artificial Intelligence Business Innovation
Hospitality businesses can harness artificial intelligence (A.I.) to streamline customer relationship management and optimize revenues. After all, large amounts of hospitality transaction data are available to be scoured and interpreted using machine learning and predictive analytics tools. Through this career track, students will cover key technical aspects and explore the sociological and ethical implications of A.I.

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

Core Courses

All students will complete the following six core courses:

  • HADM 8100 – Survey of Hospitality and Tourism
  • HADM 8400 – Financial Management Applications in Hospitality Enterprises
  • HADM 8500 – Feasibility Studies in the Hospitality Industry
  • HADM 8600 – Franchise and Multi-Unit Hospitality Management
  • HADM 8650 – Applied Research in Hospitality and Tourism
  • HADM 8750 – International Special Event Management

Career Tracks

Students also will select a career track that culminates in earning an additional graduate certificate. Career tracks comprise four courses and include the following options:

Hotel Development
This track equips students with skills in hotel investment, acquisition, appraisal, asset management, consulting, feasibility and capital formation. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and deep industry engagement.

View the Courses for This Track

Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Over the course of the program, students not only explore tools that stimulate creative thinking but also design compelling value propositions, develop viable and profitable business models, and learn to pitch to investors.

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Fintech Innovation
This career track grounds students with an understanding of the impact fintech innovations will make on the hospitality industry. By the end, graduates will be able to tackle business problems with creative and innovative fintech-driven solutions.

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Artificial Intelligence Business Innovation
Students examine A.I.-related concepts that lead to discovery of innovative solutions to business challenges. Key topics include data programming, machine learning, and predictive analytics.

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Georgia residents: $38,438
Non-Georgia residents: $45,675
Out-of-Country residents: $46,545
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Financial Aid

Contact Graduate Student Financial Services
We are here to help you understand the cost of your program (including the financial aid cost of attendance (https://sfs.gsu.edu/resources/coa/)), the payment schedule and financing opportunities.

[email protected]
404-413-7086

Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

Robinson offers several scholarships through the Office of the Dean as well as the individual academic departments.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships are available to offset program costs. Below, see a table that breaks down the cost of tuition after a GRA position is secured.

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Loans

You will be paired with a Graduate Student Experience professional who stays on top of the extracurricular programming that will enhance your academic journey and propel your career. Activities include boot camps on topics that are relevant to your field, professional workshops, networking events, recruiting fairs, and meet-and-greets intended to create camaraderie with your peers.

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The program provides the critical decision-making, managerial, practical, analytical, technical, and leadership skills necessary for success in today’s global hospitality and tourism environment.

Careers

Program graduates work for a variety of well-respected companies and organizations including Choice Hotels International, The Coca-Cola Company, Colliers, Deloitte, Discover DeKalb, Expedia, Four Seasons, Georgia World Congress Center, HVS, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, and Wyndham.

Our 2021 graduates reported a 24 percent average salary increase; the maximum reported salary was $90,000. Eighty percent of them secured employment within 3 months of completing the program.

Paul Breslin"Right out of the master’s program, Robinson graduates join us as analysts in training and can move up to senior-level, supervisory or consulting roles, depending on the path they pursue. What sets them apart is a great work ethic, humility, curiosity and team spirit. The foundation they established with a Robinson hospitality degree has really launched their careers."

-Paul Breslin, managing director, Horwath HTL

VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

analyst/consultant

conference director

event manager

executive meeting specialist

guest experience ambassador

hotel manager

staffing director

vice president, international development and franchisee profitability

About Our Namesake, Regynald G. Washington

Regynald G. Washington is former president of Paradies Lagardère Travel Retail Dining Division, which operates more than 80 concepts/brands across 190 locations in 43 airports. He previously served as CEO of Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF), which Paradies Lagardère’s acquired in 2018. As CEO, Washington led the operation of 120 restaurants in 38 airports in the United States, with revenues in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars. HBF’s portfolio comprised 45 popular and widely recognized brands including P.F. Chang’s, Vino Volo Wine Bars, Gordon Biersch, Celebrity Chef Cat Cora’s Kitchen, Plum Market, Atlanta Hawk’s Bar and Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chick-fil–A, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Pei Wei, Zingerman’s, Low Country by Celebrity Chef G Garvin, Pinkberry, The Plant Café Organic, Piece of Cake, and Margaritaville.

Washington spent 12 years with the Walt Disney Company. Those positions include global vice president of food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, vice president and general manager for Disney Regional Entertainment, director of resorts food and beverage operations for Walt Disney World Company, and general manager of food and beverage for Epcot.

Washington has occupied significant industry leadership positions, notably as a member of the board of directors and elected chairman of the board of the National Restaurant Association. Its members consist of 878,000 restaurants and food service outlets.

Washington’s previous experience includes ascending through the corporate ranks of Concessions International, which offers food and beverage, gift and news, and duty-free retail in U.S. airports. He rose to the position of corporate executive vice president.

Washington graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. in international hotel and restaurant administration. He holds a foodservice management professional certification through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He also earned the certified food and beverage executive credential, issued by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“I’m very impressed by the quality of faculty, the structure of the academic programs, and the courses and content. But most importantly, I think the students are truly awesome. They’re grounded, respectful, hungry for knowledge and eager to learn about and grow in the industry, all of which are the attributes of successful hospitality professionals.”
– Regynald Washington

“Mr. Washington is an incredibly passionate mentor who wants to bring out the potential in everyone he meets. This gift demonstrates his generosity and focus on cultivating future industry leaders.”
– Debra Cannon, director, School of Hospitality

“Every time that I have interacted with Regynald Washington, he has taught me something new. He has always welcomed me with open arms.”
– Chris Hardman, MGHM, class of 2014

Alumni & Student Testimonials

"I'm so glad I ran into Dr. Kim at the Hunter Conference, where he told me about the Master of Global Hospitality Management program. Since enrolling, I pivoted out of a marketing position into a brand role for IHG. I don't believe I would have landed this opportunity at my dream company without a higher degree."

-- Erica Bevers, class of 2023; associate brand manager, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Because of Robinson’s deep connections to the hospitality industry, Loryn Wellman participated in huge events like the SEC championship and Super Bowl. Learn more about how her master’s degree propelled her career goals.

“I’m so excited about the program. This is the first time I’m truly envisioning my future, knowing I can accomplish what I’ve always hoped for. I’ve been introduced to every aspect of hospitality and am learning how to manage major properties. That’s my dream.”

-- Fally Sabara, class of 2023; global ticketing support and refund specialist, Delta Air Lines

"My instructors know every hospitality leader in Atlanta. I’ve met Regynald G. Washington, the program’s namesake and CEO of Hojeij Branded Foods; general managers of Atlanta’s best hotels, and other hospitality executives. That’s a huge benefit for my career growth.”

-- Brad Cooper, class of 2023

"I’m able to deliver on the operations side because of my industry experience. And my classes at Robinson are enabling me to bring strong accounting principles and financial analysis skills to the table."

-- Brennan Quinn, class of 2023; reservations and communication specialist, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Meet Your Faculty

soyoung boo

Clinical Associate Professor; editorial board, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, Event Management, and Journal of Convention Event Tourism

Debra Cannon

Director, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration

Kyle Hight

Clinical Assistant Professor; Certified Sommelier; Certified Specialist of Wine

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Director, Master of Global Hospitality Management program

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Aziz Hashim Endowed Professor in Franchise Entrepreneurship; VP and Treasurer, International Society of Franchising

kyle townsend

Clinical Assistant Professor

James Tsismanakis

Executive Director/CEO, Discover DeKalb/Sports DeKalb

Program Stories

Master of Global Hospitality Management student Dami OlukoyaNigerian Restaurateur Expands Business Because of Global Hospitality Master’s Program
Almost immediately upon moving to the U.S. from Nigeria for grad school, Dami Olukoya's efforts have paid off. Her restaurant now has 14 employees and offers catering services. Plus, the restaurant has gone from fulfilling 30 to 60 orders per day.read more ❯
The Class of Spring 2024Congratulations, Robinson College Class of Spring 2024!
Seven hundred eighty-seven students graduated, with 585 earning Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, 175 earning master’s degrees, and 27 earning doctoral degrees.read more ❯
Regynald WashingtonGeorgia State to Award Honorary Doctorate to Hospitality Industry Icon and Dedicated Philanthropist Regynald Washington
Hospitality industry leader and philanthropist Regynald Washington will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration degree by Georgia State University at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business commencement May 2.read more ❯
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Contacts

Attend virtual office hours with one of our recruiters to get your questions answered.

Graduate Admissions
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Soon-Ho Kim, faculty director
[email protected]
404-413-7619

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