Many institutions offer fully online certificate programs or more comprehensive 2-year associate's degree programs. As opposed to traditional classroom learning, online training allows students to keep flexible school hours and continue to work. Students who are not employed in the restaurant industry while they complete their degree may be required to complete an internship to acquire hands-on experience.
|Online Availability||Offered fully online|
|Majors with Restaurant Management Courses||Hotel management, hospitality management|
|Degree Levels Available||Certificate, associate's degree|
|Online Requirements||Some courses require a digital camera, scanner and a media player|
Undergraduate Certificate in Restaurant Management
The ability to manage a staff, take care of accounting responsibilities, maintain facilities and purchase food and beverages are some of the skills covered in most online certificate programs in restaurant management. Students also learn to develop their customer service skills. Graduates of a certificate program may be eligible for job promotions. They may also continue on to degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management.
Associate Degree in Restaurant Management
Many institutions offer 2-year associate's degree programs that are more comprehensive than certificate programs. Students in online associate's degree programs in restaurant management take courses in cost control, food production, purchasing procedures, payroll and hiring.
Students typically complete a few general education courses in areas like English composition, history, speech communication and psychology, which help students develop customer service skills. Students enrolled in a degree program will complete more occupation-specific courses:
- Cost control
- Food production
- Purchasing procedures
- Payroll and hiring
Online Learning Details
In an online program, students may complete studies at their own pace, or they may be required to login to a virtual classroom at a specific time. There are often deadlines for assignments, and to complete online coursework, students may need specialized software. In addition, they will likely need the following technical components:
- Digital camera
- CD / DVD burner
- Microsoft Office
- Media player
After completing an online restaurant management degree program, students may be able to find upper-level management positions in the hospitality and restaurant industry. Graduates who have relevant work experience in addition to a degree or certificate may have the most advancement opportunities. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2014, food service managers earn a median salary of $48,560 per year.
Continuing Education Information
Graduates of a certificate program may continue on to degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management.