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Master of Science Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in a travel-related, hospitality management or business field from an accredited institution is recommended for admission. Applicants with degrees in other fields are also encouraged to apply.

Minimum admission standards include an academic grade point average equivalent to 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in baccalaureate work. 

Applicants  must attain a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  The GMAT is preferred. Students should take the GMAT unless it is not available.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 560 paper-based test or 220 computer-based test.  However, applicants admitted with TOEFL scores of less than 600 paper-based test or 250 computer-based test are required to take English Language Instruction (ELI) courses.  The TOEFL requirement is waived only for applicants who have earned a bachelor's or advanced degree within the last 5 years from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore or the United Kingdom.

For information on admissions requirements for both U.S. and international applicants, please visit the Graduate Division Admissions website.

TIM MS Program Specific Requirements

Applicant's statement of objectives and goals. Three letters of recommendation addressing the ability of the applicant to succeed in graduate study as well as to make future contributions to the travel industry are required. At least one letter should be from a person familiar with the applicant's academic work.

Two years of full-time work experience is also required.

The following should be sent directly to our school:

  • Statement of objective
  • One copy of resume including academic and professional background
  • Three letters of recommendation in English

Consideration of admission to the MS/TIM program will start after the receipt of all application materials.

Academic Preparation

Our students come from diverse academic backgrounds which contribute to a rich and stimulating classroom environment. There are, however, certain subjects that entering students must be familiar with in order to work from a common knowledge base in our courses. These subjects are: 1) introductory economics, 2) introductory financial and managerial accounting, and 3) introductory statistics. While these subjects are NOT REQUIRED for admission, feel free to contact us if you have questions about your preparation in these areas and your options for meeting this guideline.

For the most CURRENT and UPDATED application deadlines, requirements, and additional details on the TIM Graduate Program, please click here to go to the University of Hawaii Graduate Program website.
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