Students can find a large variety of hospitality management programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Programs are available through the business and hospitality departments of many community colleges and universities.
10 Hospitality Management Schools
These schools offer hospitality management programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$6,943 in-state, $20,853 out-of-state|
|Auburn University||Auburn, AL||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,424 in-state, $28,040 out-of-state|
|Rutgers University-Camden||Camden, NJ||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$14,000 in-state, $28,890 out-of-state|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$48,436|
|Purdue University-Calumet Campus||Hammond, IN||4-year, public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$6,868 in-state, $15,516 out-of-state|
|California State Polytechnic University-Pomona||Pomona, CA||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's||$7,016 in-state, $18,176 out-of-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, public||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||Madison, NJ||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$39,092|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Blacksburg, CA||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate certificate||$12,485 in-state, $29,129 out-of-state|
|University of Massachusetts-Amherst||Boston, MA||4-year, public||Certificate, Bachelor's, Doctoral||$48,436|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students should keep these things in mind when choosing a school:
- If you want to specialize, consider schools that offer a specific area of study within the hospitality field, like restaurant management, special event planning or international hotel operations.
- Look for schools that offer flexible schedules for working students. Bachelor's and master's degree programs in hospitality management are offered full-time, but can also be found through distance learning opportunities and part-time studies that cater specifically to working professionals.
- Consider finding schools affiliated with local and international hotels or schools that offer internships that enable students to step outside the classroom and put learned practices to work.
- Students may want to consider schools that have a high rate of graduate placement in the workforce.
Associate Degree Programs
Associate degree programs in hospitality management require 60-70 credit hours of general education and hospitality-specific courses. These programs usually require an internship.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
A 4-year bachelor's degree program contains general education courses, as well as hospitality electives. A few hospitality management majors may include concentrations within the program. Courses may focus on hotel management, restaurant management or both. Most programs require students to complete an internship at a hotel or related facility.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs in hospitality management focus on providing instruction in the planning and management of hotels and resorts. To graduate, students are required to prepare a thesis or research project in a specific area within the field of study.
Doctor of Philosophy Programs
Doctoral degree programs in hospitality management are generally intended for students interested in a career in academia. These programs often contain coursework focusing on research, theory and leadership. Hospitality management may be included as a specific area of focus for a larger management program.
Prospective hospitality management students should consider a programs's specialities and internship opportunities when deciding on a school to attend. Other considerations include program length and graduate placement.