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Top Schools for Hospitality Management

Learn about top schools for hospitality management, which may lead to a career overseeing a hotel, restaurant, resort or spa. Read about the degree programs and specializations offered at three leading universities, and find a useful table that highlights some key program features at other schools in the United States that offer programs in hospitality management.

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The three universities highlighted below include an Ivy League institution, which also serves as home to one of the earliest hospitality programs in the United States. All three universities offer Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in hotel administration or hospitality management. Both Cornell University and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas offer master's and doctoral degrees in the same or a closely related area of study.

Top Hospitality Management Schools

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is an Ivy League school that U.S. News and World Report ranked 15th among national universities on its 2012 best colleges list. One of the first hospitality schools in the U.S., Cornell offers a B.S. in Hotel Administration, with a concentration in services marketing and operations management; hospitality leadership; or finance, accounting and real estate. Graduate students can earn a Master of Management in Hospitality, as well as a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel Administration with a concentration in another academic field.

2. University of Denver in Denver, CO

At the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hospitality Management. Areas of concentration include restaurant management, lodging facility operations and marketing for the hospitality industry. To graduate, students must complete at least 1,000 hours of relevant work experience, study abroad for one quarter and demonstrate competency in a second language.

3. University of Nevada in Las Vegas

The University of Nevada (UNLV) in Las Vegas houses the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, where undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Undergraduate specializations include gaming or golf management, meetings and events or restaurant management.

Graduate students can pursue a master's degree or Ph.D. in hospitality administration. Through a joint degree program, students can also combine their study of hotel administration with business administration or management information systems. An online executive master's degree program is also available. Additional university features include the UNLV International Gaming Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts research and trains professionals for the gaming industry.

Ten Good Hospitality Management Schools

School NameDistinctionLocation
Boston University Hospitality students can gain international experience by studying abroad Boston, MA
Cornell University Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management in Singapore Ithaca, NY
George Washington University Strong emphasis on international tourism Washington, D.C.
Johnson and Wales University Hospitality programs available on four campuses Providence, RI
Michigan State University Student hospitality association produces annual hospitality events East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University Ranked 17th top public school by U.S. News and World Report in 2012 Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Employment rate for graduates is nearly 100% University Park, PA
Purdue University Research centers and laboratories in tourism, foodservice and lodging West Lafayette, IN
University of Denver School facilities include a 2,800-square-foot kitchen and a dining hall that seats 170 people Denver, CO
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Gaming management concentration for students who want to work in casinos Las Vegas, NV
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