Best Degree Programs for Hospitality Management - Honolulu, HI

Many schools in the Honolulu area have top ranking hospitality management programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for hospitality management, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

There are several public and private not-for-profit schools near Honolulu offering programs in hospitality management. The following schools are considered the top three based on school type, rankings and number of hospitality management degrees offered:

  • Winner: University of Hawaii at Manoa, located in Honolulu, is the winner for its multiple national rankings from U.S. News & World Report and total number of degrees awarded in hospitality management.
  • Runner Up #1: Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu secured second place for its multiple degree levels offered in hospitality management and public school status.
  • Runner Up #2: Brigham Young University of Hawaii in Laie is the second runner up due to its top-20 ranking for regional colleges in the West from U.S. News & World Report and low tuition rate.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Pacific University Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Ranking #156 National University
#83 Top Public School**
#81 Regional University in the West
#265 Grad School Nursing Program**
#17 Regional College in the West**
Location Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI Laie, HI
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private-not for profit
Tuition (2013) $9,404 (undergraduate, in-state)
$25,652 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$11,592 (graduate, in-state)
$28,152 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$18,600 (undergraduate, in-state and out-of-state)
$13,590 (graduate, in-state and out-of-state)*
$4,630 (undergraduate, in-state and out-of-state)*
Hospitality Management Program Levels Offered Bachelor's and graduate degrees Bachelor's and graduate degrees Bachelor's degree
Hospitality Management Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 95* 19* 20*
Most Popular Hospitality Management Program (2012) Bachelor's in Tourism and Travel Services Management* Bachelor's in Tourism and Travel Services Management* Bachelor's in Hospitality Administration and Management*
2011 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 55%* 39%* 51%*
Noteworthy Is one of 32 colleges and universities in the United States to be a land, sea, and space grant research university In 2011, The Princeton Review named the university as one of the top 121 schools located in the West Students come from over 70 countries worldwide

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.

Winner: University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Was ranked in the top 30 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science by The National Science Foundation
  • The Princeton Review rated the university's law school as the top institution in the country for 'Best Environment for Minority Students' in 2012
  • Was rated #6 in ethnic diversity for national universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2013

The School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa features a Bachelor's of Science program. Students can select between a concentration in hospitality management or focus on tourism and transportation management. The program is committed to developing future managers in travel related industries. The hospitality management concentration will give students the capabilities to use problem-solving and decision-making skills to take on issues that happen regularly in the industry. Food quality management, financial control, sales and marketing and public relations are some of the areas that will be studied in courses. For those who participate in the tourism and transportation concentration, they will be expected to learn facets such as marketing, management, travel distribution systems, and socio-cultural details of tourism.

The Master's of Science in Travel Industry Management program will provide an even more detailed curriculum for students in travel industry leadership roles. A total of 36 credit hours have to be completed in order to attain the degree. Classes that involve travel marketing, analysis, systems management, e-commerce, and research applications will be covered. Students who take part in the program are recommended to have knowledge of introductory economics, introductory financial and managerial accounting, and introductory statistics.

Runner-Up #1: Hawaii Pacific University

  • Each of the 50 states, as well as more than 100 countries, are represented among the student population
  • In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the 68th-best regional university in the West
  • Also in 2011, The Princeton Review named the university as one of the top 121 schools located in the West

The Bachelor's degree program in travel industry management prepares students for managerial roles in the food and beverage, hotel and lodging, and travel industries. Core travel industry management courses examine hotel and resort management, travel industry marketing, passenger transportation management and travel industry financial analysis. Students must also complete 600 hours of work experience, which equates to three credit hours.

The College of Business Administration offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in travel industry management. Upon completion of the program, students can compete for upper-level management positions within the hospitality and travel industry. In addition to accounting, finance and marketing courses, students must complete a seminar in hotel and resort management. Other courses include destination area planning, passenger management, business law and information systems.

Runner-Up #2: Brigham Young University-Hawaii

  • The university is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints
  • Has an association with the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is the top paid tourist attraction in Hawaii
  • Is a member of the LDS Church Educational System

Brigham Young University-Hawaii's Bachelor's of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management degree will get graduates ready for leadership positions in the industry. Managerial roles in hotels, food service, resorts, cruise ships, and visitor bureaus will be attainable. Within the program, students can select specialization in finance, marketing, human resources, and operations. In the universities target area, recent graduates went on to careers in companies such as Disney, Universal Studios, Marriott Hotels, China Travel Services, and United Airlines. A total of 64 credit hours in the field have to be completed in addition to general education requirements.

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