Chicago-Area Schools with Restaurant Management Training Programs
There are several schools in the Chicago area that offer training in restaurant management through certificate and degree programs. This article looks at 2 schools, 1 very close to the heart of the city and the other about a half-hour away, and at the programs they offer at several levels. There is also a table of information about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and the graduation rate. Following this is a brief paragraph about 3 additional area schools that offer relevant programs.
- Moraine Valley Community College offers a certificate and an associate's degree in restaurant/hotel management. This community college is about 22 miles from Chicago.
- Roosevelt University is about a half-mile from downtown Chicago. It offers a bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management and another in professional studies in hospitality and tourism management, both with concentrations in restaurant/food service management. Roosevelt also offers a master's degree in hospitality and tourism management.
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors to consider when deciding on a college. Prospective students can easily compare these three institutions by referring to the following table.
|Moraine Valley Community College||Roosevelt University|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)||$3,996 in-district; $8,916 in-state; $10,326 out-of-state*||$27, 300*|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014)||58%*||95%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open admissions*||78%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||70% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students*||65% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||21% (27% transfer-out rate)*||30%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Moraine Valley Community College
Programs at this school combine hands-on experience with classroom theory. The 3 experienced instructors that comprise this program's faculty are members of national, state and local restaurant/hospitality associations and federations.
Certificate in Restaurant/Hotel Management
Students complete 35 credits and may attend this program either full- or part-time. Major courses include sanitation, quantity food production, menu writing/marketing, beverage management and equipment purchasing. In addition, students complete a course in composition, electives and a hospitality portfolio. An internship may be chosen as an optional elective.
Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant/Hotel Management
The 66 credits required in this program may be completed through full- or part-time attendance. Students complete many of the same major courses as required in the certificate program, in addition to hospitality cost control, business math, a Microsoft Office course, electives in social/behavioral sciences, physical/life sciences electives, economics, and humanities/fine arts electives. Future managers organize a hospitality portfolio in this program and may choose to complete an internship as an elective.
Students in this school's programs gain experience through partnerships with metropolitan Chicago restaurants and hotels. The hospitality faculty is comprised of 4 full-time members in addition to adjunct instructors.
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Concentration in Restaurant/Food Service Management
This hospitality program requires 120 credits in a combination of general education courses, hospitality management courses and electives. Required courses include accounting, office management, food/beverage management, law, hospitality methods/research, organizational development, marketing and a senior project. Course options in this concentration include food/beverage controls, purchasing, restaurant/food service management and wine/liquor/beverage management.
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Hospitality/Tourism Management, Concentration in Restaurant/Food Service Management
Considered a 'fast-track' degree, this program is geared towards candidates who are at least 24 years old and might be working and have families. The required core courses are the same as the previous bachelor's degree, and students choose from the same concentration electives. This program may be completed more quickly, since the general education courses and electives are replaced with a core curriculum made of a senior research thesis project and interdisciplinary seminars. Completion times vary, depending on transfer credits or previous degrees earned.
Master of Science in Hospitality/Tourism Management
Degree completion requires a minimum 30 hours of graduate courses, including at least 1 graduate seminar, upper-level electives and a master's project or graduate thesis. Core courses include issues/trends in hospitality/tourism management, applied research methods, management theories, operation analysis and organizational development. Aspiring restaurant managers may benefit from choosing the food and beverage graduate seminar.
Other School Options
College of DuPage, Harper College and Triton College are all 2-year, public schools located within 14-30 miles of downtown Chicago. They each offer a certificate and an associate's degree in this field.