Top Schools in Indianapolis for a Hospitality Management Degree

School and Ranking Information

There are only two 4-year universities and one 2-year college in the city of Indianapolis that provides studies in or relating to hospitality management. Based on ranking, school type and number of 4-year degrees awarded in the field of study, the following university is considered a top school in Indianapolis for hospitality management:

  • Winner: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis is the only 4-year public university in the city offering programs relating to hospitality management. It also awards the highest number of bachelor's degrees in this field of study compared to other institutions in Indianapolis. Certificate and graduate programs are also offered.

School Info Chart

Category Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Ranking #194 among Best National Universities (2015); #7 Up-and-Coming Schools (2014)*
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $8,756 (in-state); $29,571 (out-of-state)**
Hospitality Management Programs Offered Certificate and bachelor's and master's degrees
Hospitality Management Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 73**
Most Popular Hospitality Management Award in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (69 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 42%**
Noteworthy Hospitality management is offered as a minor to all bachelor's degree students at the university except those pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

  • Internship opportunities available
  • Certificate programs offered entirely online
  • Study abroad opportunities offered to hospitality management students

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is a public, 4-year university that offers certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degree programs. This school has a total enrollment of more than 30,000 students. The School of Physical Education and Tourism Management contains the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management (TCEM), which offers certificates, undergraduate and graduate programs geared towards hospitality management.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management program covers the fundamental skills needed to manage tourism operations, events, conventions, catering and human resources in the hospitality industry. Students learn financial accounting for the service industries, management principles and analytical skills. Core courses include tourism, development and management of attractions, marketing, event catering and hospitality law. The curriculum of the Master of Science in Event Tourism program offers courses in event marketing, meeting management and research in recreation. A seminar in global tourism is included.

Relevant certificate programs offered by the department include one in hospitality management. Coursework addresses facilities management, convention sales, lodging management, food service operations and beverage management. The Beverage Management Certificate program provides students with a foundational understanding of the types of beverages, spirits, beers and wines typically used in restaurant settings. The Events Management Certificate offers study in events planning and production practices.

Students of the Tourism Planning and Development Certificate program take courses in travel trends, tourism policy, marketing and tourism planning. In the Sports Tourism Development Certificate program, students learn about sport marketing, journalism and event management. Finally, the Cultural Heritage Tourism Certificate curriculum allows students to take coursework in areas of cultural attractions, travel and food. All programs include an industry internship.

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