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How long does the degree take to complete?

Students typically complete the program in a year and a half. View the Curriculum page for sample course schedules.

How much does it cost?

The total cost of the 30-credit online HBM program is $17,572.50 at $585.75 per credit hour. View the Tuition and Financial Aid page for details.

What careers does this degree help me to obtain?

The online HBM program was designed to help students graduate with a unique toolbox of skills specific to current and future industry needs. Job titles for graduates of the program can include:

  • Accommodations Forecasting Manager
  • Area Director of Revenue Management
  • Banquet Manager
  • Corporate Controller
  • Digital and Marketing Analyst
  • Director of Core Business Functions
  • Director of Guest Services
  • Director of Resort Facilities
  • Forecasting Manager
  • General Hotel Manager
  • Global Insights Manager
  • Head of Food and Beverage – Cruise Line
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Operations Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Planning Analyst

With Gator alumni spanning all 50 states and 135 countries, students can also be confident in having a strong network of professionals with whom they can connect. View the Careers page for more information.

Do I need to come to Gainesville at any time while enrolled in the degree program?

Students in the online HBM program are never required to come to campus but are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony in person.

Do I have to do a practicum or internship?

Students of the online HBM program can choose between a practicum or a professional paper. See the Curriculum page for details.

Do I have to be enrolled full time?

With our current course offerings, students of the online HBM program can choose to enroll as a full-time student taking nine credits per term or as part-time students taking less than nine credits per term.View the Curriculum page for details.

Can I earn any credit for past experience?

While the University of Florida does not currently award credit for past life or work experience, students can transfer up to nine graduate credits from a regionally accredited university with an advisor’s approval. Speak with an academic coordinator or visit the Admissions page for details.

What student services are available to me as a distance learner?

Online HBM students have access to services including:

  • Gator Careerlink—this career resource guide provides students access to full and part-time opportunities, internships, co-ops, information sessions, workshops, career fair information, networking opportunities, mock interview options, career planning appointments, and so much more.
  • 24/7 Tech Support—the e-Learning Help Desk site is at your fingertips and ready to answer your questions.

Is there an average GPA requirement for the program?

Online HBM students are required to maintain a minimum average GPA of 3.0.

Is the online MHBM program asynchronous or synchronous?

Though courses in the program are primarily asynchronous, faculty and students may decide to work together synchronously and may be required to login to Zoom video calls on occasion.

How quickly can I expect faculty to respond to my questions?

Students can expect to hear back from faculty within 24 hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Does the HBM program accept international students?

The University gladly welcomes international students to the online HBM program. In addition to the standard admissions requirements, international applicants are required to submit a TOEFL scores.

International applicants should carefully review the International Admissions page.

How will I receive an admissions decision once I’ve submitted my application?

Applicants are informed of an admissions decision—denied or accepted—via email within two weeks of completed application submission.

Who can I contact to answer questions related to veteran affairs?

Questions related to Veteran Affairs can be directed to the Office of Student Veteran Services, (352) 294-2948 or via email at

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