MHA 788 Professional Paper

MHA 788 is completed in the students final semester. The culminating project provides students the opportunity to address a hospitality question or issue of their interest. Students should be thinking of a potential industry problem they would like to solve while completing their course work.

Students will demonstrate their ability to research, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and apply the knowledge and skills acquired during their academic course work and industry experiences. The topic must address a real-world hospitality problem with a viable solution.

Examples of appropriate hospitality culminating projects are:

  • Business Plans or Feasibility Studies
  • Professional Papers (final chapter results in one of the following):
    • Training Manuals
    • Policies & Procedures Manuals
    • Re-engineering processes for a major functional area of a hospitality organization
    • Improving the customer experience for an existing product or service
    • Case Studies
    • Risk Management Plans
    • Surveys

The final project will be a written document that is at the level and quality required to be presented to a bank (i.e. business plan or feasibility study) or the executive management of a hospitality organization. All students will also be required to create and present their project in an executive summary presentation. The written paper follows the requirements below:

  • Requires a review of existing research (chapters 1 and 2)
  • Results in a product/solution (chapter 3)
  • Must be in APA format that includes references

The MHA 788 course instructor does review all papers and selects a few where students can opt to publish their paper through the Digital Scholarship at UNLV, which allows students to view previous professional papers.

To register for this course, students must be in their final semester of the program and must complete the MHA 788 Culminating Project form. Once the completed, signed form is submitted to the Hospitality Office of Graduate Programs, the student will be granted permission to register.

IMPORTANT: Directions on Downloading the MHA 788 Form

How to Create a Digital Signature in Adobe

  • Click on the MHA 788 Culminating Project Form link above.
  • Click on the “down Arrow” in the upper righthand corner to download the document.
  • Open the form in Adobe.
  • Complete the form in Adobe and electronically sign it using Adobe. The form must be saved as an Adobe document.
  • Send the completed Adobe document to Dr. Finley Cotrone to review and add her electronic signature.