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  • Letter From The Director – December 2013

    Based on our early commitments, Cohort #3 beginning in August 2014, is shaping up to be a wonderfully diverse group representing many industry segments including hotels, events, restaurants, resorts, youth programs, recreation management and our first U.S. military veteran! We plan to accept 20 students - will you be in Cohort #3? Don’t wait for the application deadline; now is the best time to apply.

    If you are interested in learning more about the program – or if you know someone who’d be interested – please contact us directly or attend our upcoming Open House event at Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley on Wednesday, December 11th until 7:00 P.M. You’ll have a chance there to meet with the program faculty and staff but – more importantly – you’ll have a chance to interact directly with current and former Master’s students. RSVP here. There’s no better source for gaining insight into the program.

     

    Cohort 1 Student Testimonials

     

     

     

     

     

    News This Month

     


  • About the Program

           
    In August 2012 the first Master’s Program Cohort embarked on a 13-month journey to earn an M.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University.  The program is led by director Jeff Campbell, a seasoned executive from the restaurant industry and the Norman E. Brinker Executive-in-Residence in the HTM Program since 2005.  The academic team includes experts in sustainability, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology, who deliver course content in pre-recorded, electronic format to provide flexibility for the working professional.  In addition, two on-campus weeks begin and end the program.


    The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been preparing undergraduate students for management careers in hospitality, tourism, and related industries
    since 2001.  We offer undergraduate degrees with emphases in Hotels, Restaurants, Tribal Gaming, Meetings & Events, Sustainable Tourism, Systems Management and Outdoor Resource Management.


  • Courses (30 units)


    The HTM Master’s program was designed to give up-and-coming hospitality professionals a real-world skill upgrade that would ultimately propel them forward in their careers. The point was always more about giving the graduate a competitive “edge” in business than just a diploma.


    The courses below – mostly delivered online and in a pre-recorded format - permit the students – who are all holding down full-time jobs – to access the material when their busy schedules permit and to review it as often as they like.


    Each student is assigned a faculty mentor for the full duration of the program and creates a personal Leadership Development Plan as part of it. Each is also expected to design and execute an in-company project for their current organizations, which will meaningfully impact performance.


    We believe that this combination of activities, when coupled with our high quality course content, and world-class faculty, will provide you with an even more motivated, prepared, and knowledgeable employee at the end of their year with us.


    A brief summary of the course work

     

     

    Courses Descriptions

     

    • HTM 601 - Leadership Immersion (3)
      An intensive week-long leadership immersion experience focusing on your leadership development with special emphasis on your personal assessment and career plan.
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    • HTM 602 - Theoretical Foundations in Leadership and Management (3)
      An exploration of readings on leadership, complex systems, innovation, personal ethics, and change management, as students apply them to their personal and professional lives.
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    • HTM 651 - Financial Management (3)
      Building company valuations through balanced financial management and leadership - leading cross-functional teams toward financial performance optimization. Read more…
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    • HTM 653 - Leading in Complex Human Systems (4)
      An in-depth study of the people part of leading successful organizations – leadership and human nature and the dynamics of complex adaptive systems. Read more…
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    • HTM 655 - 21st Century Marketing (3)
      The creation of marketing strategies and plans, which optimize the blend of the newest techniques and tools with those that have proven effectiveness over decades. Read more…
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    • HTM 680 - Mastering Technology (3)
      An examination of today’s technology – revenue and expense management systems, performance management systems and metrics, social media and the Internet, and more. Read more…
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    • HTM 682 - Going Green (2)
      The evaluation of sustainability as a preferred future for HTM – planning for sustainable operations in food and beverage, marketing, accreditation, and certification with a look to future trends and alternative directions. Read more…
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    • HTM 690 - Systems Problem Resolution (3)
      Students test their analytical and problem-solving repertoire, in conjunction with their company leadership and their HTM faculty mentor, as they select a major project to be completed within their current company.
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    • HTM 780 - Capstone Case Solution and Presentation (3)
      An intensive one-week team analysis of a challenging hospitality business problem with team presentations to HTM faculty and panel of industry experts. (On-campus Week # 2)
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    • HTM 790 - Directed Readings in Hospitality and Leadership (3)
      Directed readings and analysis in leadership and related hospitality disciplines, which will be customized based upon the individual student’s program assessment results.
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    Link to CES site http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/htm


  • Current Students


    Nhu Dao Son

    Nhu Dao Son

    Entrepreneur

    Tracy Judge

    Tracy Judge

    Proposal Development Manager
    Maritz Travel Company
    Jennifer Parker

    Jennifer Parker

    Associate State Archaeologist
    State of California, Department of Parks &
    Recreation, Ocotillo Wells District
    Allie Borrelli

    Allie Borrelli

    Vice President of Sales and Marketing
    Scorpion Bay Hotel
    Cristina Ruiz

    Cristina Ruiz

    Catering Office Assistant
    Aztec Shops Dining Services SDSU

    Jennifer Hecker

    Jennifer Hecker

    Concierge Director
    Capital Consultants Management Corporation
    Leslie Yu

    Leslie Yu



    Todd Renner

    Todd Renner

    Executive Chef
    Blind Lady Ale House

    Vince LaRuffa

    Vince LaRuffa

    Vice President-Resort Marketing
    Universal Orlando Resort
    Darcie McBeth

    Darcie McBeth

    Southern California Regional Tech
    Outback Steakhouse


  • Graduates


    Brad Gessner

    Brad Gessner

    Vice President, Convention Centers
    AEG Facilities
    Sean Brody

    Sean Brody

    Founder & CEO
    Surf Resource Network
    Linda Wells

    Linda Wells

    Executive Director
    Tech Coast Angels
    Tyler Martin

    Tyler Martin

    General Manager
    The Brigantine – Del Mar
    Natalie Peerali

    Natalie Peerali

    Event Planning Coordinator
    Latham & Watkins
    Michael Bolmey

    Michael Bolmey

    Beverage Director
    The Lafayette Hotel

    Ann Marie Kimble

    Ann Marie Kimble

    Director of Hotel Operations
    Hilton Torrey Pines

    Vanessa Klein

    Vanessa Klein

    District Manager
    7-Eleven

    Logan Elizabeth

    Logan Elizabeth

    Event Manager
    Latham & Watkins

    Susan Pugh

    Susan Pugh

    Entrepreneur


    Trent Selbrede

    Trent Selbrede

    General Manager
    Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott - Carlsbad

    Scott Dietz

    Scott Dietz

    Table Games
    Caesar’s Entertainment


  • How To Apply

    * Applications accepted October 1.


    1. Submit the HTM Supplemental Application and a resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    You will be contacted by the program director, Jeff Campbell, to meet by phone or in person before you begin the formal CSU Mentor application process.


    2. Apply to CSU Mentor

    The application cycle opens October 1 for fall admission.


    3. Schedule the GRE at your earliest opportunity


    4. Order official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

    Application Instructions

    http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/#degree

    Apply Here

    http://www.csumentor.edu/


  • Tips on Financial Aid / Scholarships


    The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is a wealth of information and your gateway to apply for and manage your financial support. 
    http://starter.sdsu.edu/fao/

     

    Financial Aid FAQ’s

    Learn more about financial assistance.

     

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Learn more about scholarships that are available to you.

     

    Scholarships and grants awarded to HTM master’s students

    Jennifer Hecker
    Jennifer Hecker
    American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF)
    Graduate Scholarship 2013/14
    $5,000


    Tracy Judge
    Tracy Judge
    California Lodging Industry Association Scholarship 2013/14
    $1,500


    Todd Renner
    Todd Renner
    San Diego Chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs and AIWF 2013/14
    $2,000


    Jennifer Parker
    Jennifer Parker
    SDSU Graduate Equity Fellowship 2013/14 - $600
    Barona Resort & Casino Scholarship 2013/14 - $1,000


    Susan Pugh
    Susan Pugh
    SDSU Graduate Equity Fellowship 2012/13
    $2,000

    Vanessa Klein

    Vanessa Klein
    Barona Resort & Casino Scholarship 2012/13
    $1,000


  • Faculty / Staff

     

    • Larry Beck – Directed Readings Program
    • Jeff Campbell – Managing the Numbers
    • Kyle Craig – 21st Century Marketing
    • Lori Sipe – Leading in Complex Human Systems
    • Mark Testa – Leading in Complex Human Systems
    • Vinod Sasidharan – Going Green
    • Rich Fox - Mastering Technology
    • Jess Ponting - Going Green

     

     

    Jeff Campbell
    Jeffrey Campbell
    Former CEO, Burger King
    Former SVP, Pepsi-Cola
    MBA Columbia, MA University of Miami
    Video

     

    Kyle Craig
    Kyle Craig
    Former CEO Einstein’s Bagels & Steak and Ale;
    Former COO KFC
    MBA Harvard University
    Video


    Rich Fox
    Rich Fox
    Former VP Finance & Analysis Catalina Restaurant Group;
    Former VP of Business Analytics & Business Intelligence Fairfield Residential;
    VP Finance Carlson Restaurants Worldwide;
    Consultant AlignAlytics (formerly Business Intelligence International);
    B.S. University of Illinois
    Video


     

     

    Lori Sipe
    Lori Sipe
    PhD USD SOLES
    Former Director of Strategy
    – Sea World
    Video

     


    Vinod Sasidharan
    Vinod Sasidharan
    Ph.D. Penn StatePresident, Great Western Travel & Tourism Research Association
    Video


    Jess Ponting
    Jess Ponting
    Director at SDSU Center for Surf Research
    http://csr.sdsu.edu/
    Ph.D, Sustainable Surf Tourism, University of Technology, Sydney
    Video

     

    Larry Beck
    Larry Beck
    PhD University of Minnesota
    2011 Fellow Award
    NIH Researcher
    Author of four books
    Video


    Mark Testa
    Mark Testa
    PhD Barry University
    MA SUNY - Stonybrook
    Video

     


  • Student Testimonials

    Sean Brody

    Sean Brody
    Surf Resource Network
    HTM Master’s Program 2012/13


    I am currently doing the Hospitality Tourism Management Master’s Program at SDSU from Liberia, West Africa.  Thus far, the program has been amazing for several reasons:

       
    1. It allows me to pursue my career and personal goal at the same time as pursuing my Master’s, allowing me to become an expert in my field without putting my life on hold.  My business, my organization and my surf retreat, are my working projects!
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    3. They are allowing me to do the program from West Africa!  I don’t know any other program that would let me do that!
    4.  
    5. They are allowing me to do an emphasis in “Sustainable Surf Tourism”, which is unheard of and will put me at the top of my field upon completion of the program… I will be the only one in the world with this combination of degree and emphasis.
    6.  
    7. There is a huge emphasis on leadership and personal development, which can be applied to all aspects of my life, not just hospitality and tourism.
    8.  
    9. The experience is highly personal, with only 13 students in this first cohort I get a lot of personal attention and immediate feedback.
    10.  
    11. The professors and faculty are highly acclaimed and wildly intelligent… For instance, Jeff Campbell (head of the program) is former CEO of Burger King and former CFO of Pepsi Cola.
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    13. The professors are flexible and supportive… For example, I have had many complications with the internet pursuing the program from West Africa, but they have worked with me through all of my technical difficulties.
    14.  
    15. The other students (my classmates) are all very intelligent and inspirational.  Working with them helps me think in a variety of ways that are very helpful to my business goals.
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    17. The program is the first of its kind and very high profile… Five to fifteen years of experience are required to be considered for acceptance and I can’t think of any other program for tourism with this much prestige.
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    19. The program is accelerated! Only one year to get your master’s!
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    21. The program, professors, and my classmates are helping me to refine my business plan and streamline my goals.
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    23. Most importantly, I am quickly learning that there is much more to the program than a year’s worth of valuable curriculum. The professors, the faculty, and SDSU itself are now vetted in my success and the success of my business for the rest of my life!  The better I do, the better it makes the program and SDSU look… a truly mutually beneficial relationship.  Plus, the network and resources that are now available to me highly outweigh the cost of the program, as they will provide exponential value to the growth of my business and my personal leadership development.  When I graduate the program I will be able to continue being mentored by my professors and they have some great (powerful/valuable) connections they are glad to share when the time is right.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I apply for the MS in HTM degree program?
    You can find detailed application procedures on the Graduate Admissions website.


    What is the application deadline?
    The deadline for Fall 2013 is June 15, 2013.


    Do I need to have an undergraduate degree to apply to the MS in HTM degree program?
    You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to apply to the master’s program. Successful applicants to the professional master’s degree program will have experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. Candidates who lack a bachelor’s degree – but who have a track record of superior leadership within the hospitality industry – may be considered for admission to the program. While such a candidate may not be awarded a master’s degree, the graduate can receive a special designation upon completion of the full program.


    Am I required to take the GRE to apply for admission to the MS in HTM degree program?
    Yes, the GRE is required.  The GMAT may be substituted for the GRE if approved by the program director. While the GRE can be waived if the applicant already holds an advanced degree (such as an MBA, MS, MA, Ph.D., JD, etc.) from an institution that is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, it is essential for all other applicants.


    How do I arrange to take The GRE?
    Visit Educational Testing Service for GRE information.


    What is the minimum undergraduate GPA score required for admission to the MS in HTM degree program?
    SDSU requires domestic graduate applicants to have a minimum 2.85 undergraduate GPA. international applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA under 2.85 may be admitted conditionally.


    How can I find out when the courses will be offered?
    You can find the schedule of classes on the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management website.


    How do I register for the HTM courses?
    Since all of our courses are run as special sessions (more condensed than the university’s regular semester time frame), registration is done through the College of Extended Studies. The College of Extended Studies can also be reached at (619) 594-5152.


    What is the deadline for registering in an HTM course?
    Course registrations end one week before the course start date. Students attempting to register after the deadline will need departmental approval, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis dependent upon on space availability in the desired course(s) and progress toward the student’s program of study and targeted graduation term.


    How much does the MS in HTM program cost?
    Payment for this HTM degree program and individual HTM courses is on a course-by-course basis. The tuition is currently $29,040 or $968 a unit; however, this is subject to change. The program is self-supporting and receives no public monies in financial support of its operation.


    Are there additional expenses?
    In addition to tuition and course materials, students will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations for the two on-campus weeks at SDSU.


    Does San Diego State University offer financial aid?
    Financial aid is available to students in the MS in HTM degree program. For more information about financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.


    I have registered in an HTM course – what now? How do I start the course?
    You will receive information about accessing your course in your registration confirmation email. You will also receive this information in an email from your instructor on the first day of the course.


    Do I have to purchase books and course materials separately?
    Yes. Information on course materials and textbooks will be included in your registration confirmation email.


    How is the program structured?
    There are ten courses. Two are face-to-face in San Diego, eight are online. The two face-to-face courses are a week long, one at the beginning of the program, one at the end.


    How does an online course work?
    Almost all course activities are asynchronous, meaning that you do not have to be online at any particular day/time to participate in the course. Some activities, such as role plays and presentations, may require all students to participate at the same time. There are weekly assignments, including web exercises and discussion boards based on the weekly readings. You can access weekly lectures online.


    I have taken graduate level courses in the past. Will these units transfer towards the MS in HTM degree?
    No units can be transferred into the master’s program. The program is designed to be self-contained and students go through the program as a cohort.


    How do I withdraw from a course? Will I receive a refund?
    This information can be found on the College of Extended Studies website. Please make yourself familiar with these registration policies.


    Are there additional fees for international students?
    There are no additional fees.

  • Photo Gallery

    Graduate Luncheon, 8/17/13

    Image of graduation luncheon

    Camp Pendleton Cohort 1, 8/15/13

    Image of Camp Pendleton exercises

    Joint Cocktail Party Cohorts 1 and 2, 8/11/13

    Image of Joint Cocktail Party

    Sailing on San Diego Bay Cohort 2, 8/9/13

    Image of sailing day



L. Robert Payne School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

PSFA 436
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4514
Phone: (619) 594-4964
Fax: (619) 594-4443
Email:Carl.Winston@sdsu.edu