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    Jul 17, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

Main Office
Chilton Hall, Room 331

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311100
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:


Jana Hawley, Dean


Tammy Kinley, Associate Dean
Lisa Kennon, Hospitality and Tourism Graduate Coordinator
Sanjukta Pookulangara, Merchandising and Digital Retailing Graduate Coordinator




Programs in the college are designed to meet personnel needs in retail/merchandising, hospitality and tourism. These two fields of study represent high growth global industries with increasing demands for highly skilled leaders who can solve complex problems, create new opportunities in very competitive markets, and have a holistic understanding of the many components that support a successful business. Teaching and research focus on the broad concepts of products, service, resource management, information-exchange technology and total experience management in consumer-driven global markets. Close proximity to a major apparel and home furnishings market complex, major retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, major hotels, restaurants, and food service businesses provides excellent affiliations and internship opportunities. The Dallas–Fort Worth region is the headquarters for numerous retail, lodging and restaurant companies.

Degree plan

The degree plan is developed in consultation with the student’s major professor to meet the specific student needs and career objectives.


Research in the hospitality and tourism management department includes hotel and restaurant operations; legal and regulatory aspects; cost containment; and consumer issues impacting the hospitality industry. Other research interests include quality issues, managerial competencies, food safety, nutrition and dining habits of consumers, tourism and hospitality education and administration.

Research in the merchandising and digital retailing department includes consumer behavior in marketplaces and marketspaces and market segmentation for fashion-oriented products. Specific emphases are on digital retailing, merchandising in domestic and global markets, cross-cultural consumer analysis, evaluative criteria, retail employee professional development, experiential retailing and tourism shopping, garment size issues, brand equity, and consumer experiences in digital environments.

Financial assistance

Numerous scholarships are available to majors in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. Students may apply for financial awards from a wide range of national, state, university and school resources. Please check the CMHT web site for specific information and guidelines at

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships are available in the college. Contact the Office of the Dean for information.

Online programs

Some programs are offered 100 percent online. See program listings in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management  and the Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing .

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing

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