Ph.D., Hospitality & Tourism

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hospitality & Tourism is suitable for those wishing to undertake an academic, or a research focused career in the field of Hospitality and Tourism. The program is exclusive with a duration of only 2.5 years and 36 credits taught by prestigious international faculty members, and rich in terms of research courses, statistics, data mining, as well as courses related to the field of study, covering the current issues of Tourism, the lodging industry, Human Resources and managing & marketing tourism destinations. In addition, PhD students, on a case-by-case basis, will have the opportunity of a teaching experience for Bachelor level students in the same field of their study.


Requirements

  • The minimum requirement for English as a foreign language is IELTS 6 (or equivalent).
  • A Master’s degree in Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Business, Marketing, Social Sciences or other related fields.

Scholarships

Admission scholarships are limited and competitive and cover only tuition and enrollment fees. Tuition Scholarships are awarded for a one first semester period. Admission scholarships are evaluated and awarded on the basis of academic performance, personal essay, letters of recommendation, extra-curricular activities, transcripts, and the Admissions application form itself. Applicants awarded a scholarship must still demonstrate sufficient proof of personal finances exclusive of the scholarship to enter Sol International School.

Merit Scholarships are available beginning the second semester of the first year and above students. All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 / 4.5 to qualify for a Merit-Based Scholarship following the completion of their initial scholarship cycle. Sol International School will compute all merit-based scholarships automatically. Merit scholarships are awarded to qualified students who undertake a full course load with no “F” grades.

All scholarships range from 30% to 50% for Graduate studies depending on admission criteria and academic performance.


Tuition fees

  • Fees per semester for 2020: $ 4,215

Teaching experience

Aside from the financial advantages cited above, potential PhD students might have the opportunity to go through a teaching experience for BA students in the same field of their study (assisting the faculty members of the SIHOM department). However, the latter will be applied on a case-by-case basis (mainly based on their previous diploma and their level of English).


Courses

Course classifications

Classification Course Title Credit/Hour
University Required Courses Business Management 3/3
Management Strategy of Company 3/3
Statistics and Decision Making 3/3
Survey Methodology 3/3
Managerial Economics 3/3
Management Research Capstone Project 3/3
Thesis Research 1 3/3
Department Required Courses Special Topics for Human Resource Management 3/3
Special Topics for Financial Management 3/3
Lodging Management – Professional Seminars 3/3
Tourism Destination Marketing and Management 3/3
Current Issues in Hospitality and Tourism 3/3
Thesis Research 2 3/3
Specialization Courses Economic Trends Analysis and Financial Management 3/3
Advanced Technologies in Hospitality and Tourism 3/3
Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism 1 3/3
Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism 2 3/3
Data Mining Practicum 3/3
Tourism and Sustainable development 3/3
Advanced Hospitality Business Development 3/3

Course descriptions

University Required Courses (UR)

Business Management
Everything students need to know to develop their ‘management sense’ and be successful Business Management covers the essential concepts of management by providing a solid foundation for understanding the key issues facing managers and organizations. The subject maintains a focus on learning and applying management theories, while now also highlighting opportunities to develop the skills in high demand by today’s employers. Business Management offers an easy-to-understand, straightforward, and realistic approach to what works for managers and what doesn’t with the ultimate goal to help students be successful in their careers.
Integrates and builds upon skills learned in previous Business Management courses. Students learn about strategic planning and decision making, leadership, and motivation in the workplace, human resources, and various best practices of successful management.
Management Strategy of Company
Strategic Management of a Company is essential for both intermediate and advanced learners aspiring to build their knowledge related to the theories and perspectives on the topic. The subject provides critical and analytical insights on contemporary theoretical models and management practices while enhancing the learning process through worked examples and cases applied to the companies or organizations setting. This subject will highlights the rapidly changing socio-economic and political global landscape and addresses the cultural and socio-economic complexities of hospitality and tourism organizations in the new era.
Statistics and Decision Making
The course is designed to introduce more advanced statistical methods that are used in data analysis and social research. Both statistical theories and inference techniques will be covered. This is a more advanced statistics course, with focuses on statistical theories, probability distributions, bivariate, and multivariate analysis.
Survey Methodology
This is a lecture-discussion course during which the students will go through several issues from which research data management; types, formats, and stages of research data, metadata, data storage, and archiving and preservation.
Managerial Economics
Students focus on the application of economic models and rationale choice to business decision making. Topics include an overview of managerial economics; demand and supply; costs of production and the organization of the firm; market structure and pricing and output decisions; game theory and pricing strategies; and the economics of information and the role of government in the marketplace.
Management Research Capstone Project
This course aims at providing the basic scientific knowledge to conduct tourism and hospitality research by giving exposure to various management research tools and their applications. It also focuses on the skill of writing a research thesis in a field of study. Students will conduct systematic and scientific research in the area of Tourism and Hospitality Management. They will understand the scientific research process and apply it in practice to solve an industry problem. Students will meet with academic advisers to develop a theoretical framework and design questionnaires for data collection. Skills will also include learning how to review past literatures and understand the practical difficulties or limitation of scientific research.
Thesis Research I
This course aims at providing the basic scientific knowledge to conduct tourism and hospitality research by giving exposure to various management research tools and their applications. It also focuses on the skill of writing a research thesis in a field of study. Students will conduct systematic and scientific research in the area of business & management. They will understand the business research process and apply it in a practical way to solve a business problem. Students will meet with academic advisers to develop a theoretical framework and design questionnaires for data collection. Skills will also include learning how to review past literatures and understand the practical difficulties or limitation of scientific research.

Department Required Courses (DR)

Special Topics for Human Resource Management
The hospitality industry, being labor-intensive, necessitates hospitality organizations to manage their human resources with high level of efficacy in order to successfully achieve their goals and objectives. Hence, it is vital for hospitality personnel; including human resource managers, supervisors, as well as those in lower level positions in the organizational structure, to understand the principles and key issues surrounding human resource management (HRM).
Special Topics for Financial Management
The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to understand how to manage and handle their personal and financial goals. This course will help students develop the skills necessary to have a practical approach to money management. Students will be able to responsibly handle their financial aid obligations.
The outcomes/learning objectives for this course are; learn how to identify and plan personal financial goals, understand what it means to budget and identify the reasons needed to maintain a budget, be able to responsibly handle financial aid obligations, study personal purchasing behaviors and patterns, learn to create and control a budget that will support your financial future, assist in identifying and prioritizing personal and financial goals, create a plan to achieve those goals, and provide practice in setting up and maintaining a personal budget.
Lodging Management – Professional Seminars
This course will be presented as a compilation of seminars presented by hospitality professionals. It will cover multiple areas related to hotel and lodging management.
Tourism Destination Marketing and Management
This PhD course covers the management and marketing principles for tourism destinations, with a focus on branding, positioning, and economic issues. Consideration is given to the ongoing fluctuations, future changes, and current trends affecting directly or indirectly tourism destinations worldwide.
Current Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
This course is designed to enable the students to gain essential knowledge on current issues in tourism applications. New concepts, debates, the business side of tourism, and principles are the main discussion points so as to understand the implications of current issues in the tourism industry. To deepen student learning, case studies will be integrated into the topics covered as appropriate. This course is updated yearly according to the current issues in tourism.
Thesis Research II
This course will discuss the scientific method as one of the research strategies in service management. Besides that it also discusses the process in research methods such as problem statement, purpose of research, theory forming, hypotheses, and research design. Students will also be exposed to data collection and data analysis. Students will work with their academic advisor to submit a written report as well as provide an oral presentation. They will recognize and illustrate, with the aid of diagrams, the relationships between the different variables in research. They will also conduct a proper literature review and organize, write, and present the hospitality and tourism research report. Applying the basic research tools, such as questionnaire design, sampling, and data collection will be utilized to conduct service research.

Specialization Courses (SP)

Economic Trends Analysis and Financial Management
This course will combine an understanding of the tourism sector with economic trends to provide actionable and credible analysis of tourism for better marketing, investment, and policy decisions.
Advanced Technologies in Hospitality and Tourism
This course encompasses the different technologies used in the hospitality and tourism industry, mainly hotels. It will enable the students to have an in-depth understanding of the premier technologies that are in the field. Based on real case scenarios, the students will be updated in the world’s leading smart accommodation and other tourism sub-sectors’ companies.
Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism I
The main purpose of the Research Methods course is to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research.
Research Methods in Hospitality and Tourism II
Econometric models and advanced research methods.
Data Mining Practicum
This course reviews applications and provides an opportunity for hand-on experimentation with data mining algorithms. Students are supposed to have gone through regression.
Tourism and Sustainable Development
The course discusses the evolution of the concept of sustainability and its theoretical roots. It focuses on issues related to resource use, economic development, ‘green’ business development, climate change, consumer psychology, and community enhancement practices.
Advanced Hospitality Business Development
This course will encompass different issues related to tourism project development, franchising, alliances, globalization, and merging. It is an advanced course presenting the different ways of developing a tourism and hospitality business, for both ‘new creation’ and ‘expansion’. The course looks at the inter-countries regulations as well as real case studies of partnerships and franchising.

Specialized Courses:

Management Tourism Destination Marketing and Management, Strategic HR Management In Hospitality and Tourism
Research oriented Research Management, Research Methodology in Hospitality and Tourism, Advanced Statistical methods and Data Analysis, and Data Mining
Business & Economy Advanced Hospitality Business Development, Economic Trends Analysis and Financial Management
Hospitality & Tourism Lodging Management – professional Seminars, Strategic HR Management in Hospitality and Tourism, Tourism and Sustainable Development, Current Issues in Tourism, Advanced Technologies in Hospitality and Tourism

Program Highlights:

  • Prestigious international faculty members with a confirmed background in Hospitality & Tourism research
  • The path to an academic, or a research-focused career in the field of Hospitality and Tourism management,
  • An advanced research level delivered with a focus on current issues related to the field of hospitality and tourism,
  • A unique program with a duration of 2.5 years

Skills Learned:

  • Applying and managing research in the field of hospitality and tourism
  • The dynamics of the hospitality and tourism industry
  • Managing destinations and products development and promotion
  • Knowledge about the lodging industry

Potential Career Paths:

  • Research-oriented ‘education’ in the field of hospitality and tourism
  • Teaching-oriented ‘education’ in the field of hospitality, tourism and management
  • Post-doctoral studies
  • A research career in the field studied.