The University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management plans to begin offering a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration in fall 2015.
"Not having a Ph.D. program has been a shortcoming of our academic offerings," said Hilton College Dean John Bowen in a press release issued by the university. "This will help ensure our national prominence going forward."
The college will begin taking applications for the program in fall 2014.
Currently, the college offers a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, a Master of Science in Hospitality Management, and a joint graduate degree with the UH C.T. Bauer College of Business.
The Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration will be a three- to four-year program with a core curriculum that focuses on the development of students' research, leadership, teaching and grantsmanship skills. They will become academics or industry consultants.