Chapman Graduate SchoolMaster of Science in International Real Estate/Master of Science in Hospitality Joint Degree Program

The Hollo School of Real Estate in the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Graduate School of Business and the Hospitality Management program within the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University have a joint degree program culminating in both a Master of Science in International Real Estate degree (MSIRE), and a Master of Science in Hospitality degree (MSH).  Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in significantly less time than it would take to obtain both degrees if pursued consecutively.  The joint degree program uses existing faculty, courses, and resources.  Important criteria relating to the joint degree program are as follows:

  1. Candidates to the joint degree program must meet the entrance requirements established by each individual program.

  2. Applications for a joint degree will not be accepted from candidates who have already completed either degree. MSIRE or MSH students must apply and be admitted by no later than the second to last semester in which they are expected to complete their original degree requirements.

  3. Candidates must satisfy all requirements for each degree. To obtain the MSHdegree, the student will be required to take eleven (11) hospitality courses. This includes the four common courses in the MSIRE program, plus seven hospitality courses from the MSH program, for a total of 33 credit hours.  Four of the eleven MSH courses will be used to satisfy part of the elective requirements of the MSIRE program.  To obtain the MSIRE degree, the student will have to fulfill all the MSIRE program requirements. The two degrees will have 4 common courses. Courses transferred between degrees must be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. MSH courses transferred to meet MSIRE elective credit must be approved by the University Curriculum Committee.  Directors of the MSIRE and MSH degree programs may adjust these exact course requirements as a result of future changes to the MSIRE or MSF curriculums.

  4. Joint degree candidates will not receive either degree until all requirements for both programs have been satisfied. Students deciding against completing a second degree must satisfy all first degree program requirements as if the student had never been a joint degree candidate.

  5. With the joint degree program students will take a total of  up to 51 credit hours to get both degrees.  Without the joint degree program students will need to take 63 credit hours to get both degrees. Thus, MSIRE students who have taken twelve credits of MSIRE courses which count as substitutes for the MSH program may obtain an MSH degree with only an additional 18 credits. MSH students who have taken 16 credits of MSH substitute courses may obtain an MSIRE degree with only an additional 18 credits.

For more information, contact the appropriate academic department or program manager.

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