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Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program

The School of Hospitality Leadership's Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program allows students to complete any bachelor's degree from DePaul University and a Master of Science in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in as little as five years.

The following undergraduate students at DePaul University are eligible to apply to the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program in the School of Hospitality Leadership:

  • Hospitality Leadership majors
  • Hospitality Leadership minors
  • Other DePaul University undergraduate students with hospitality work experience or career goals in the field

Program Features

  • The Master of Science in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance provides students with advanced skills in hospitality leadership, service and performance metrics
  • Provides DePaul students the Double Demon Scholarship of 25 percent off graduate tuition
  • Does not require the GMAT, essays or letters of recommendation for admission
  • Admission into the program occurs on a rolling basis throughout the academic year

The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates.  These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. ​

DePaul Undergraduate Degree/​Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance (MS)

The MS degree in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance is a unique program that integrates critical business theory and skills with cutting-edge hospitality leadership practices.  Designed for career-changers interested in the hospitality industry as well as for current industry professionals who want to enhance their skills, the program focuses on developing leadership skills and operational capabilities in a broad array of hospitality service enterprises. 

DePaul degree-seeking undergraduate students interested in earning a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance may apply to the bachelor's degree/Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance (MS) combined program.  Students may be able to obtain both degrees in an expedited period, typically in five years.

Admission

Students must formally apply and be admitted to the School of Hospitality Leadership before beginning their graduate coursework.  Upon identifying themselves as a combined degree applicant, the GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived.  Undergraduate students who meet the following criteria may apply to this program:
  • Junior standing or higher (at least 88.0 credits)
  • A minimum cumulative DePaul grade point average of 2.50

Students participating in this program will typically take the following three graduate level courses during their senior year:

These three courses may double-count up to 12 credits towards both degree programs.  The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the completion of all undergraduate work while the MS degree in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance will be awarded upon completion of the remaining graduate level work. 

For students pursuing their BSB-Hospitality, these three courses replace their Specialization requirements. ​​​

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Tuition

The three (3) graduate classes taken while earning a bachelor's degree are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate. The nine (9) graduate classes taken after the bachelor's degree is completed are billed at the graduate tuition rate. For current tuition rates, please visit Student Financial Accounts.

DePaul alumni receive a Double Demon Scholarship which covers 25 percent of the tuition for a graduate degree from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. For students in the School of Hospitality Leadership's Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program, the scholarship becomes effective when students are officially admitted into the graduate program.

Electronic Application, FAQs and Additional Program Information

Please see below for the electronic application form, frequently asked questions and other useful information regarding the School of Hospitality Leadership's Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program: