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California Hospitality Universities with Course and Degree Info

Research hospitality programs in California, which currently has roughly 30 schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for nine of the largest universities, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Degrees, certificates and minors in hospitality are available at 4-year California schools. Bachelor's degree programs are the most common, though master's degree programs also exist. Concentrations are available in some programs. Some schools offer these programs online. In most programs, students are required to gain practical experience in the field through internships and work experiences. Students may also need to complete a thesis or project.

There are about 30 schools in California that offer programs in hospitality management. Below is an overview of nine of the largest universities and a table that shows each school's programs and tuition costs.


California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

The Collins College of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona offers undergraduate and graduate programs in hospitality management. The bachelor's degree program requires students to complete courses such as hotel operations, hospitality management law, food and beverage operations, hospitality marketing management and hospitality industry finance in addition to 800 hours of work experience. The master's degree program requires a bachelor's degree in hospitality management or a related area. Master's degree students need to complete core courses such as research methods in hospitality management, hospitality marketing and hospitality accounting, and they must choose to complete a thesis or professional paper. Students also can pursue a career Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with an emphasis in hospitality management, which requires a minimum of 48 units to complete as well as a business research project or thesis.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Hospitality Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management,
    Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Hospitality Management,
    Master of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,125 in-state; $17,783 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
    $7,356 in-state; $7,356 + $372 per semester unit, out-of-state (graduate)**
    $7,356 + $278 per semester unit, in-state; $7,356 + $650 per semester unit, out-of-state (MBA)**
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; midsize city

California State University - East Bay

California State University - East Bay in Hayward offers a bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism and a master's degree program in recreation and tourism. The school also offers the opportunity to complete a minor in hospitality and tourism. The bachelor's degree program requires students to complete 180 units in coursework, and a minor in the field requires 32 units. Bachelor's degree students are required to accumulate 1,000 hours of volunteer or paid experience before undertaking an internship. Both minor and bachelor's degree students could take courses in lodging management, food and beverage management, hospitality law and dimensions of tourism. The master's degree program in recreation and tourism requires students to complete 45 units in coursework, including courses in leisure trends and forecasts, staff supervision, research methods for leisure studies and the philosophy of leisure. Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in recreation or hospitality might need to complete additional courses. Master's degree students also must complete a thesis or research project.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Hospitality Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management,
    Master of Science in Recreation and Tourism
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,309 in-state; $17,967 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
    $7,815 in-state; $13,767 out-of-state (graduate)**
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; midsize city

California State University - Long Beach

The Long Beach campus of California State University offers a bachelor's degree program and minor in hospitality management. The bachelor's degree program requires students to complete 120 units in coursework, including financial accounting, foodservice management, hotel and lodging management, meeting planning and food preparation. Students are also required to complete 800 hours of work experience in addition to an internship. The minor in hospitality management requires students to complete 22 units in hospitality courses. A 24-unit minor in event planning and management is also available.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Event Planning and Management,
    Minor in Hospitality Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,052 in-state; $17,710 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

California State University - Northridge

California State University - Northridge in Northridge offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in tourism, hospitality and recreation management. The bachelor's degree program requires students to complete 120 units, which includes coursework in recreation therapy, event planning, community development and recreation research evaluation in addition to a 600-hour internship. The master's degree program is open to students who have bachelor's degrees in similar fields and requires students to complete 30 units, including two internship experiences. Master's degree students can select a specialization in tourism management or recreational sport management, and they must complete a thesis or graduate project.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management,
    Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,296 in-state; $17,954 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
    $7,356 in-state; $7,356 + $372 per semester unit (graduate)**
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

National University

National University in La Jolla offers certificate and bachelor's degree programs in hospitality and casino management. Both programs are available online. The certificate program requires students to complete 27 quarter-units in courses, while the bachelor's degree program requires 180 quarter-units. Coursework for either the minor or bachelor's program includes topics such as hospitality and casino marketing and hospitality and casino accounting. Bachelor's degree students are also required to complete an internship or capstone project.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Hospitality and Casino Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Casino Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $11,736 (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, private non-profit; fringe rural

San Diego State University

Students can pursue a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management at San Diego State University in San Diego. The bachelor's degree program allows students to select an area of emphasis, such as tribal gaming operations and management, hotel operations and management, restaurant operations and management, global tourism management or meetings and events operations and management. Courses vary depending on the area of emphasis, but might include hospitality law, hospitality accounting, restaurant marketing, casino operations and hotel management. Students must also gain 400 hours of work experience, then complete two 300-hour internships to earn the degree.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,578 in-state; $18,236 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University in San Francisco offers minor, certificate and bachelor's degree programs in hospitality and tourism management. The bachelor's degree program requires 120 units in general education, business and hospitality and tourism courses. Students in the bachelor's program must complete nine units in an area of emphasis, such as restaurant and catering management; hotel operation management; conventions, meetings and event management; international tourism management; hospitality labor relation management; or hospitality entrepreneurship management. Bachelor's degree students are also required to complete an internship. To earn a minor in hospitality and tourism management, students must complete 24 units in courses such as hotel operation management, marketing, organizational behavior and accounting. For more information about the certificate program, students should contact the program director.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
    Minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,440 in-state; $18,098 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

San Jose State University

This San Jose university offers minor, bachelor's and master's degree programs through its hospitality, recreation and tourism management department. The bachelor's degree program in hospitality, tourism and event management requires students to complete 120 units in general education and major courses. Students enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in recreation can elect to concentrate in recreation management or therapeutic recreation, but a concentration is not required. The master's degree program in recreation allows students to select a concentration in international tourism (though a concentration isn't required) and requires 30 units to earn the degree, including a culminating experience. Minors in recreation and hotel and restaurant management are also available.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Hotel and Restaurant Management,
    Minor in Recreation,
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Recreation,
    Master of Science in Recreation
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $6,852 in-state; $18,510 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
    $8,355 in-state; $8,355 + $372 per semester unit out-of-state (graduate)**
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco in San Francisco offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration that allows students to select an emphasis in hospitality industry management. The bachelor's degree program requires students to complete 128 units in courses such as hotel operations, conference and events planning, beverage management, restaurant entrepreneurship, catering and fine dining management and advanced culinary skills. Students must also complete 800 hours of professional work experience to earn the degree. The school also offers a 20-unit minor in hospitality industry management for students who wish to major in another field. Minor courses include accounting principles, hospitality professional development and organization dynamics.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Hospitality Industry Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Hospitality Industry Management
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $38,884 (undergraduate)*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, private non-profit; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Hospitality Degree Programs Offered Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Four-year, public; midsize city Minor in Hospitality Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management,
Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Hospitality Management,
Master of Science in Hospitality Management
$6,125 in-state; $17,783 out-of-state (undergraduate)*,
$7,356 in-state; $7,356 + $372 per semester unit, out-of-state (graduate)**,
$7,356 + $278 per semester unit, in-state; $7,356 + $650 per semester unit, out-of-state (MBA)**
California State University - East Bay Four-year, public; midsize city Minor in Hospitality Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management,
Master of Science in Recreation and Tourism
$6,309 in-state; $17,967 out-of-state (undergraduate)*,
$7,815 in-state; $13,767 out-of-state (graduate)**
California State University - Long Beach Four-year, public; large city Minor in Event Planning and Management,
Minor in Hospitality Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
$6,052 in-state; $17,710 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
California State University - Northridge Four-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management,
Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management
$6,296 in-state; $17,954 out-of-state (undergraduate)*,
$7,356 in-state; $7,356 + $372 per semester unit (graduate)**
National University Four-year, private non-profit; fringe rural Certificate in Hospitality and Casino Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Casino Management
$11,736 (undergraduate)*
San Diego State University Four-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management $6,578 in-state; $18,236 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
San Francisco State University Four-year, public; large city Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
Minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
$6,440 in-state; $18,098 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
San Jose State University Four-year, public; large city Minor in Hotel and Restaurant Management,
Minor in Recreation,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management,
Bachelor of Science in Recreation,
Master of Science in Recreation
$6,852 in-state; $18,510 out-of-state (undergraduate)*,
$8,355 in-state; $8,355 + $372 per semester unit out-of-state (graduate)**
University of San Francisco Four-year, private non-profit; large city Minor in Hospitality Industry Management,
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Hospitality Industry Management
$38,884 (undergraduate)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites

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