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  • Letter From The Director – October 2014

    We are happy to announce that we will begin accepting applications for our 4th Master’s student cohort effective October 1st.  We are also going to hold an Open House for prospective applicants on Wednesday, October 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley.

    If you have any interest in the program, this is a great opportunity to learn more and meet current and former Master’s students as well as Faculty and program staff. There will be complimentary drinks and appetizers available as well.

    Do you live out of town? Our program can be completed from anywhere in the world. Please feel free to contact us personally with any questions you may have about the program, the criteria for admission, or the timetable for the 2015/16 student cohort.

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  • About the Program

    In August 2013, our second Master’s Cohort arrived on the SDSU campus to begin their 17-month journey toward the degree of Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Our Inaugural Cohort graduated that same month. The third Master’s Cohort will begin its program this August 4th to begin the same journey.

    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 - Explorations and Applications in HTM (3)
      An intensive week-long leadership immersion experience focusing on your leadership development with special emphasis on your personal assessment and career plan.
    • 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.
    • HTM 651 - Financial Analysis in HTM (3)
      Building company valuations through balanced financial management and leadership - leading cross-functional teams toward financial performance optimization. Read more about HTM 651…
    • 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 about HTM 653…
    • HTM 655 - 21st Century Marketing Techniques and Strategy in HTM (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 about HTM 655…
    • HTM 680 - Mastering Technology in Hospitality & Tourism Operations (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 about HTM 680…
    • HTM 682 - Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Organizations (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 about HTM 682…
    • 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.
    • HTM 780 - Seminar: Strategy Development & Critical Analysis in HTM (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)
    • HTM 790 - Directed Readings in Hospitality & Tourism Management (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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  • Current Students

    Tracy Judge

    Tracy Judge

    Director of Business Development, Meetings & Incentives
    Cadence Travel Management
    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
    Darcie McBeth

    Darcie McBeth

    Southern California Regional Tech
    Outback Steakhouse
    Tresa Hightower

    Tresa Hightower

    Jennifer Hecker

    Jennifer Hecker

    Concierge Director
    Capital Consultants Management Corporation

    Leslie Yu

    Leslie Yu

    Events Coordinator
    Friends of Balboa Park

    Todd Renner

    Todd Renner

    General Manager & Executive Chef
    Tender Greens Restaurant
    Vince LaRuffa

    Vince LaRuffa

    Vice President-Resort Marketing
    Universal Orlando Resort

  • 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

    Logan Elizabeth

    Logan Elizabeth

    Event Manager
    Latham & Watkins

    Susan Pugh

    Susan Pugh


    Trent Selbrede

    Trent Selbrede

    General Manager
    Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott - Carlsbad

    Scott Dietz

    Scott Dietz

    Table Games
    Caesar’s Entertainment

  • Meet Cohort 3

    Trisha Hall
    Trisha Hall
    Current Employer: AdEase Marketing & Advertising
    Vice President of Media & Development

    Trisha’s expertise with travel and tourism brands has achieved outstanding results for Allegiant Airlines and MGM Resorts. She was part of the team tasked with reinvigorating the Las Vegas tourism market following 9/11—increasing overnight stays from 1.5 to 2.5, and was a key team member during the early launch stages of the high profile Las Vegas “What Happens Here Stays Here” campaign.

    Trisha brings 14 years of experience in marketing and advertising within the travel and tourism category. Her particular expertise is connecting with your customers and creating marketing buzz through various communication channels. In her current role at AdEase, an advertising agency with offices throughout California, she has led efforts to increase hospitality accounts to the AdEase client roster including LAX Airport, Los Angeles Zoo, Padres.

    B.A. in Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, Grand Canyon University.

    Kyle Fridell
    Kyle Fridell
    Current Employer: UC San Diego
    Housing Dining Hospitality
    Residential Relations Coordinator

    My name is Kyle Fridell, and I am a proud member of Cohort 3 for the Hospitality and Tourism Management Master’s Program at San Diego State University.  I have been working at UC San Diego, for Housing Dining Hospitality, since I graduated from UC Riverside in the summer of 2005 with a Bachelor’s of English.  A majority of my career with UC San Diego has been in Graduate Housing, where I work as a Resident Relations Coordinator.  As a Resident Relations Coordinator, I help graduate students find balance between their home and academic lives: I provide mediation in roommate and neighbor disputes; I clarify and enforce Housing and University policies; I maintain finance reports, such as rent delinquencies and monthly utilities; and I host social events to bolster community and help my residents find time to relax between work, school, and research.  A few of my major accomplishments have included managing the Summer Housing Program for the English Language Institute and summer school students, acting as the Philanthropy Staff Advisor for the 2010 National Association of College and Residence Halls annual conference when it was hosted at UC San Diego, and multiple inner department recognitions for team work and dedication to Housing Dining Hospitality.

    On the personal side, I am 30 years old and a San Diego native.  I currently call North Park my home, and live with my loving son, Oskar, a 6 year old black cat.  I spend a great deal of my free time with my friends, enjoying: camping trips, brewing beer, bowling, and cooking group “family dinners.”  When I am not with my friends, I enjoy: reading a book over a craft beer, at a local restaurant; riding my bike; and nerdy things like comics and role playing video games.  I am an avid craft beer enthusiast and could talk your ear off about what makes craft beer great, especially porters and stouts.  Finally, I make myself a more well-rounded individual, I have been volunteering with the San Diego Humane Society since the beginning of the year.

    Adam Edelman
    Adam Edelman
    Current Employer: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
    Front Office Manager

    A 2011 graduate of SDSU with a bachelors of science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, I received the “Outstanding Senior Award” as selected by the faculty. I began working for Hyatt in 2009 as a front office agent as part of my undergraduate internship requirement. After graduation I joined Hyatt’s Corporate Management Training program with an emphasis in Rooms Operations at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. After completing my training program, I was promoted to Assistant Executive Housekeeper. In this role I helped to lead the hotel’s largest department of approximately 140 associates to 2011 Department Of the Year. My next position at the resort was Assistant Front Office Manager and in April 2013 I was promoted to my current role of Front Office Manager. As Front Office Manager I am responsible for oversight of the front of house operations of an 806 room resort. I have also actively participated in revenue strategy, renovation planning, and regional training programs. In 2013 I was awarded Manager of the Year for Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

    In my free time I enjoy traveling, most recently visiting South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. I also enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoor environment that Maui has to offer. Whether it be a hike through waterfalls, stand up paddle boarding, or just relaxing on the beach I always enjoy a day in the Hawaii sun. I look forward to continuing my education with the HTM Master’s program and enhancing my HTM Edge. My career goal is to be a General Manager of a full service hotel.

    Edmond Tso
    Edmond Tso
    Current Employer: Host Hotels & Resorts
    Senior Regional Financial Analyst

    My career has been successful through taking risks when opportunities have been presented to me. I have been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years with experience in hotel operations, finance and asset management. Throughout my career, I have been exposed to various aspects of the industry. Early in my career, I provided wake up calls, picked up pool towels, delivered roll-away beds and assisted guests at Hyatt hotels. After graduating, I became a corporate management trainee with Hyatt. After my training, I joined Hyatt’s back office accounting system implementation team where I lead, installed, opened and trained over 15 properties in the US and Caribbean. I have also been an Assistant Director of Finance at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC while serving on Hyatt’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council. I currently work in Asset Management as a Financial Analyst for Host Hotels and Resorts supporting over 30 hotels with revenues upwards of $1.8B.

    The Hospitality industry has been great to me by providing a solid career as well as allowing me to meet my wife through a hotel we worked in. My life is blessed with a beautiful and supportive family consisting of my wife Reina and our two wonderful sons Hunter and Hudson.

    Sumner Rabin
    Sumner Rabin
    Current Employer: United Airlines
    Supervisor of Airport Operations

    Having grown up overseas in Belgium and Venezuela, opened me up to countless cultural and educational experiences I would not have been able to have otherwise. As a result of learning from these opportunities, I developed a strong desire to work first hand in a career that demands interaction with customers from all corners of our planet. Due to the frequent travel I did years ago (and since then), aviation became one my biggest passions, and it lead to me joining the US Navy as a Commissioned Officer who was stationed in Sasebo, Japan onboard USS DENVER (LPD 9) as the Air Division Officer. While stationed in Japan, USS DENVER and her crew assisted in many humanitarian missions from Indonesia to the Philippines, as well as visiting over 9 countries during my time there. Living in Japan was an amazing experience, and one I would do again or recommend to any one should the chance arise. It’s a beautiful country, full of wonderful people and amazing history.

    Once my obligated commitment to the Navy was finished, I was hired on by United Airlines and have had the chance to work in various management roles, most recently at Ontario International Airport, California where I have enjoyed the daily challenges and opportunities to use my skills and interest to best serve our passengers.  In the future, I hope to return to San Diego full time in a capacity that will allow me to be part of the ever expanding tourism demand we have.

    Interesting Personal Details:
    - I’m two continents shy of visiting all 7! Any chance to hop on a plane and explore this planet I take it!
    - Although born in Virginia and have moved 15 times since then, I call San Diego home.
    - Became a certified Private Pilot before I ever drove a car!

    Bernadette Sporleder
    Bernadette Sporleder
    Current Employer: Rush University Medical Center
    Clinic Coordinator

    Currently I reside in Chicago, Illinois after having graduated from Lexington College where I obtained a BAS in Hospitality Management. I am a native San Diegan who has the hope of one day returning to live in California. Friends who know me say I am energetic and enthusiastic. I like these two compliments. I get the job done and I enjoy doing it; I love to laugh and work hard too! My passion in life is: giving the ultimate experience to other people through hospitality.

    Working in the kitchen is second nature to me; cooking and baking are favorite pastimes. Partying for me is getting a group of friends together who love to cook, eat and enjoy a glass of wine and have some fun dancing. And when it comes to sports, count me in! Swimming, jogging and volleyball are favorites but sometimes a leisurely walk with a friend fits the bill. For me, a variety of activities is part of what makes life exciting.

    Having participated in team sports and growing up in a big family I love to work as a team player. Also I enjoy working with people of various backgrounds and ethnicities. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of SDSU’s Master’s HTM program! Looking forward to meeting everyone in August!

    Alyssa Mendes
    Alyssa Mendes
    Current Employer: Harrah’s Resort Southern California
    Hotel Manager

    Originally from San Diego, but spent the past ten years in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Out of college I worked as an assistant manager at Joseph A. Banks and then entered into the hotel industry in Lake Tahoe. I began my hotel career at Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. I love the mountains and the way of life, but was given a career opportunity. I currently am the Hotel Manager at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. I have been a part of opening a new hotel tower bringing our current room total to 1065.

    On my free time, I enjoy being outside; Hiking, biking, camping, surfing, and truly whatever comes my way. I am a very positive person who enjoys life and my job. I strive to continue moving up in the hospitality industry by expanding my knowledge and understanding of day to day hotel operations.

    Brian Travis
    Brian Travis
    Current Employer: Travis Meeting Management, Inc.

    Brian plans and coordinates corporate meetings and special events, conventions, and social events in the U.S. and internationally.  His company of 23 years, Travis Meeting Management, Inc., provides clients comprehensive and personalized service that results from working with an independent, boutique destination management and meeting planning company. He has worked extensively with hundreds of hotels and event venues to plan functions for groups from 10-2,000 guests.

    Brian enjoys spending most of his free time with his children, 16-year-old Jaxon and 13-year-old Juliana.  Otherwise, you will find him hiking the local San Diego trails and volunteering as a San Diego Master Gardener.

    Valerie Hanich
    Valerie Hanich
    Current Employer: Huntington Landmark
    Recreation Services Supervisor

    I grew up in Orange County, California where I currently reside with my two rescue dogs.  In 2007, I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Recreation Systems Management.  After school I started my career working as a Recreation Assistant at Casta del Sol a 55 and older active senior adult community in Mission Viejo, CA.  Less than two months later, I got the chance to be the Recreation Director at Huntington Landmark another senior community in Huntington Beach.  While there I was able to increase resident participation, improve the recreation facilities, and won an award from Community Associations Institute’s Orange County Chapter for creating an informative community newsletter.  After 5 ½ years at Huntington Landmark I returned to Casta del Sol as the Recreation Services Supervisor. I am responsible for eight employees, managing over 40 clubs, countless activities, and two recreation centers for the 1,927 homes in the community.  I love my career and enjoy seeing my residents having fun participating in all the activities and events that are offered.

    If you cannot find me at my job, you most likely will find me indulging in my passion for outdoor recreation.  Whether I am hiking the local trails with my dogs or checking out a new campground with friends I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible.  I also enjoy loading up the car for a road trip where we are guaranteed to see all kinds of historical sites or crazy roadside attractions.  In between my work and adventure I volunteer for the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association, where we do our best to protect our forests and educate people about wildfires.  My whole life is centered around recreation and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

    Mary King
    Mary King
    Current Employer: Maritz Travel Company
    Project Manager

    A former Maritz Travel Director, Mary returned to Maritz Travel Company in 2012 after being away for 5 years.  As a Project Manager, Mary’s expertise is broad planning meetings, incentives, user conferences and events in all industries, from pharmaceutical to tire distributors and everything in between.

    During her time away from Maritz, she worked as the Associate Director of Operations for DMC AlliedPRA San Diego and throughout Southern California.  While in San Diego, Mary also became a Certified Meeting Professional and completed her professional certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Diego State University.

    Prior to her initial start with Maritz in 2006, Mary worked on board for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, coordinating all events and activities for children and families.

    She currently works remotely from her home on Long Island, New York and is kept busy by her two young sons.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for her husband’s Marine Corps squadron.

    Tiffany Spitzer
    Tiffany Spitzer
    Current Employer: NBC 7 San Diego
    Executive Producer

    Hi, my name is Tiffany Spitzer. I haven’t been to school in nearly 20 years but here I am and I couldn’t be more excited. I graduated from Cal State Fullerton and it has always been a dream of mine to attend San Diego State University.  I currently work as an Executive Producer for NBC 7 San Diego.  My career in broadcast began in Orange County in 1996 at a cable channel called OCN. Two years later I landed in San Diego at NBC7, formerly NBC 7/39.  I was originally hired as an overnight writer. Within three months, I was promoted to Producer, and years later, Executive Producer.  As a producer I’ve worked on many big national stories including the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the San Diego wildfires, the war in Iraq, and the Columbine Shooting. But, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. As the Special Projects EP, I get to oversee Elections,  Opening Day at Del Mar, Comic Con, and my most favorite the Olympics.  In 2008, I had the honor of traveling to Beijing for the Summer Games to produce a nationally recognized Olympics show.  It was an experience of a lifetime.  I’m also the proud recipient of four Emmy awards and a Golden Mic award.  Over the past 16 years I’ve met some of the most important people in my life at NBC.  All of my best friendships were formed there, it’s also where I met my husband.

    When we are not at work we enjoy a variety of things.  We love traveling. Just recently we took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the Country Music Festival.  Live music is something I can’t live without and country music is one of my favorites.  We also are big Aztec Basketball fans.  The last two years we have enjoyed season tickets to the games and traveled to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference.  We enjoy wine tasting and love going to Paso Robles for tasting tours. A few years ago we took a Wine course at SDSU.

    Lauren Knell
    Lauren Knell
    Current Employer: Waterfront Bar and Grill

    Hello! My name is Lauren Knell.  I currently live in San Diego, CA in a part of town called Little Italy.  I graduated from SDSU with an undergrad in Communication two years ago.  Throughout college, and after, I have submersed myself in the restaurant industry, which has led me to where I am today!

    I have been managing at Waterfront Bar and Grill for a year now and I absolutely love it.  Waterfront is San Diego’s Oldest Tavern and is a very popular local and tourist spot.  I enjoy working for this family-owned business because it gives me the opportunity to both teach and develop myself.  My favorite career highlight to date was putting on an 80-Year-Old Beauty Pageant with Bill Walton as a host!  I am looking forward to this program to help give me the knowledge and push I need to make this expanding business successful!


    Ellen Fusco
    Ellen Fusco
    Current Employers: The Avalon Hotel and Aurora Hotel & Spa (Innkeeper/Concierge)
    Café Metropole (Food Handler/Clerk)
    Catalina Island Medical Center (Activities Assistant)

    My name is Ellen Fusco. I grew up in Westchester County, New York (about 25 miles from New York City). I am an only child of Italian descent. I moved to Glendora, California (about 30 miles from Los Angeles) in 2000.

    I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree (Psychology, Sociology, and Human Resources) and a Master’s of Library Science Degree.

    I worked in libraries for 30 years, beginning as a Page, shelving books and ending as a Library Manager, supervising 25 employees and managing the Adult, Reference, and Teen Departments. I have worked in Public, College, Corporate (Management Consulting firm), Law (Law School), and Special (Medical) libraries throughout my career.

    In 2012, I decided to transition careers from librarianship to the hospitality industry. I worked at the Hotel del Coronado, as part of the Reservations Department, as an Experience Planner. I planned the Spa, dining, and recreation activities for both guests and locals.  I was on the phone 8 hours per day but never got to see guests in-person.  I missed the personal contact and knew that my dream was to be a concierge.

    I then decided to research jobs on Catalina Island, always one of my favorite destinations, even as a New Yorker.  I began working as an Innkeeper/Concierge at sister-properties, The Avalon Hotel and the Aurora Hotel & Spa on Catalina Island in the summer of 2013. On Memorial Day weekend 2014, I also began working 8 hours per week at one of my favorite restaurants, the Café Metropole, to broaden my knowledge of the food component of the hospitality industry. In June 2014, I began working part-time at the Catalina Island Medical Center, as the Activities Assistant, planning daily events to keep the minds and bodies of the senior residents engaged.  This position has provided me with additional experience in event planning. My ultimate career goal is to own a bed & breakfast establishment on Catalina Island.

    I am enjoying the life of an Islander (swimming, snorkeling, biking, and playing tennis) and I am truly looking forward to learning about the intricacies of the hospitality industry through San Diego State University’s Master’s HTM program.


  • 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

    Apply Here

  • 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.


    Financial Aid FAQ’s

    How much does the HTM Master’s Program cost?

    Tuition for the HTM Master’s degree is $29,250 and is payable on a course-by-course basis.

    What type of financial aid is available?

    There is a two-tiered Student Loan program available for graduate students.  There are a number of factors involved in determining student eligibility and processing the loan applications, which you’ll need to understand. Be sure to review student loan information on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships web site.

    Tier 1 is the unsubsidized loan. The gross amount of this loan is $20,500 for an academic year (fall and spring).

    Tier 2 is the GradPlus loan, which may take you to the full Cost of Attendance. Students must pass a credit check to obtain this loan.

    The unsubsidized loan may not cover the entire cost of tuition, therefore you may choose to pay the remainder of your tuition and fees out of pocket or you may apply for a GradPlus loan.

    Upon registering for courses all payments are due according to the payment schedule.  If financial aid does not cover all of your costs, you will be responsible for making the additional payments on time in order to continue registering for your courses.

    How much financial aid will I be eligible for?

    Eligibility for these loans is determined by the student’s “Cost of Attendance,” a
    number which is calculated by the SDSU Financial Aid Office and is based not only on the actual program tuition but also on other considerations such as room & board, transportation, books & supplies and misc. personal expenses.

    The “Cost of Attendance” for SDSU graduate students is posted on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships web site.  Once you are registered for the HTM Master’s Program and have submitted your Special Enrollment Agreement (SEA), the Cost of Attendance figure will be increased to reflect the actual fees for this program.

    What if my expenses are greater than the Cost of Attendance?

    After a student has enrolled and is engaged in semester course work, he/she may file a Request for Budget Increase seeking to adjust the previous Cost of Attendance limit if there are additional documentable expenses in support of the student’s education. The expenses must be fully paid before the request is submitted. This is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Only one request per semester is allowed.

    Budget Increase Income Appeals

    How long does it take to process financial aid paperwork?

    Normally, student loan applications can be processed and approved within a matter of several weeks once all appropriate paperwork has been submitted.

    FAFSA applications will be accepted starting January 1 and you may apply before you have completed your application for the program. We recommend that students intending to apply for financial aid submit their completed FAFSA application before February 1, 2013. If all requested documentation has been provided, you will receive notification of your financial aid status in May.

    How do I apply for financial aid?

    You will find information on how to apply and what documents will be needed here:

    AidLink is your portal to all financial aid information, communication and documents. You can log on to AidLink with your WebPortal ID and password.

    Where can I get more information about financial aid?

    The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships web page is a wealth of information and should be browsed in-depth if you are considering applying financial aid. You may also speak to a counselor by telephone or in person Monday - Friday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

    Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
    619 / 594-6323
    Student Services West, Room SSW-3605
    SDSU Campus Map

    Are scholarships available?

    We strongly encourage all students to apply for scholarships, including those administered by SDSU and outside scholarships offered by professional organizations in hospitality and related industries.

    Here is a list of some of the available scholarships, but you will also want to research scholarships on your own as only you know what qualifications you meet for any number of privately funded scholarships.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Feel free to ask your instructors for letters of recommendation for scholarships.  You may be able to use the same letter to apply for multiple scholarships if you keep it very general. The same applies to essays you will write as part of the application process.

    Can my scholarship awards take my funding above the Cost of Attendance?

    Students cannot access financial aid in a greater amount than the designated Cost of Attendance for the program. This includes all loans, grants and scholarships combined. Students receiving scholarship or grant awards – after the initial awarding of unsubsidized and GradPlus loans – will have an award adjustment processed. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify students via email to logon to AidLink to view the adjusted award. Specific questions regarding an adjustment may be directed to this office at (619) 594-6323, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    All scholarships must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the recipient should consult a tax preparer to determine if the award is taxable under IRS rules.

    More FAQ’s:

    Please visit the Office of Financial Aid web page for a comprehensive listing of FAQ’s.

    The HTM team is happy to assist you in finding answers to your questions.  Please contact Candy Flynn at 619-594-5110 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for assistance.  Keep in mind that privacy laws prohibit the staff from giving us your protected information, so we will pursue information in general terms.


    Scholarship Opportunities

    Please contact Candy Flynn .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information about scholarships.

  • Scholarships and grants awarded to HTM master’s students

    Edmond Tso
    Edmond Tso
    American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 2014/15

    Adam Edelman
    Adam Edelman
    American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 2014/15


    Jennifer Hecker
    Jennifer Hecker
    NTA North America Scholarship 2014 - $1000
    American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 2013/14 - $5,000

    Tracy Judge
    Tracy Judge
    California Lodging Industry Association Scholarship 2013/14

    Todd Renner
    Todd Renner
    San Diego Chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs and AIWF 2013/14

    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

    Vanessa Klein

    Vanessa Klein
    Barona Resort & Casino Scholarship 2012/13

  • Faculty / Staff


    • Larry Beck – Directed Readings Program
    • Jeff Campbell – Managing the Numbers
    • Lori Sipe – Leading in Complex Human Systems
    • Mark Testa – Leading in Complex Human Systems
    • 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
    Jeff Campbell 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
    Rich Fox Video



    Lori Sipe
    Lori Sipe
    Former Director of Strategy
    – Sea World
    Lori Sipe Video



    Jess Ponting
    Jess Ponting
    Director at SDSU Center for Surf Research
    Ph.D, Sustainable Surf Tourism, University of Technology, Sydney
    Jess Ponting Video


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

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


  • Student Testimonials

    Cohort 1 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!
    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!
    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.
    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.
    9. The experience is highly personal, with only 13 students in this first cohort I get a lot of personal attention and immediate feedback.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    19. The program is accelerated! Only one year to get your master’s!
    21. The program, professors, and my classmates are helping me to refine my business plan and streamline my goals.
    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 2014 is June 15, 2014.

    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 or even in related industries – 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 $29,250 or $975 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?
    We will evaluate requests for the transfer of credits on a case-by-case basis. 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

    Graduation Luncheon

    Camp Pendleton Cohort 1, 8/15/13

    Camp Pendleton Exercises

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

    Joint Cocktail Party

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

    Sailing Day

L. Robert Payne School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

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5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4514
Phone: (619) 594-4964
Fax: (619) 594-4443