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Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Students will be well trained in developing research ideas, conceptualization and theoretical development, research design, and statistical analyses through coursework and working with highly qualified faculty members.

These experiences will equip you with knowledge, skill sets, and the confidence necessary to become an academic leader in the fields of retail, hospitality, or tourism management. Like many of our graduates, you can expect to secure a position at a quality university or research organization and become successful in research and scholarship.

Our Ph.D. program incorporates a consumer perspective into the changing world of retailing, hospitality, and tourism industries. Our program has historically been recognized as a top Ph.D. program as evidenced by many of our successful graduates in major universities. We are proud of having renowned faculty, providing rigorous academic training to prepare students to become leaders in academic and executive research fields. The program offers advanced doctoral courses and exceptional experiences for students to achieve teaching excellence and gain an in-depth knowledge of key theories, source relevant literature information, employ appropriate research methods, and apply them when conducting research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    86 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Literature and Thought in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Strategic Managerial Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management Decision
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Statistics for Research
  • Statistical Methods for Business
  • Analysis of Variance for Social Sciences

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31538 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31538 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    13120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13120 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Knoxville

  • 885 - 1460 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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