Top School in Scottsdale for a Restaurant Management Degree

Scottsdale has few schools with restaurant management programs. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings, and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Students in the Scottsdale, AZ area can choose between four options for restaurant management training. Based on program offerings, ranking information, and tuition rates, the best schools in the area are:

  • Winner: Arizona State University's business school has a high ranking from U.S. News and World Report, and the university is nationally ranked as well. It offers a bachelor's degree program in food industry management.
  • Runner-Up #1: Scottsdale Community College offers an associate's degree in hospitality and tourism/restaurant management that includes cooperative education courses, as well as relevant certificate programs.
  • Runner-Up #2: Phoenix College offers a certificate and associate's degree in food service administration.

School Comparison Chart

Category Arizona State University Scottsdale Community College Phoenix College
Ranking #27 among schools with undergraduate business programs in 2013, nationwide,
#142 among national universities for 2014*
Location Tempe, AZ (five miles from Scottsdale) Scottsdale, AZ Phoenix, AZ (nine miles from Scottsdale)
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $9,724 in-state,
$22,977 out-of-state**
$1,854 in-state,
$7,638 out-of-state**
$1,854 in-state,
$7,638 out-of-state**
Restaurant Management Programs Offered Bachelor's degree Certificate, associate's degree Certificate, associate's degree
Restaurant Management Degrees Awarded N/A 6** N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 57% (for students entering in 2006)** 17% (for students entering in 2009)** 17% (for students starting in 2009)**
Noteworthy Program is offered on campus and online Transfer agreements with major colleges in the area Students obtain ServSafe certification

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Winner: Arizona State University

  • Has transfer agreements with Maricopa County Community College District
  • A substantial amount of math coursework is part of the curriculum

Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business offers a unique food industry management bachelor's program that consists of retail business and food industry coursework. Topics include food retailing, pricing and promotion, risk management, food supply networks, environmental management, marketing, and sales. The online program is offered in an accelerated format, and students can complete a course in 7.5 weeks. Transfer students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).

Runner-Up #1: Scottsdale Community College

  • Students can participate in cooperative education and field study experiences
  • The college offers Alcohol Education Arizona for students to learn about alcohol service in the state
  • Artichoke Grill and Desert Oasis Dining Room run by students on campus

The hospitality and tourism/restaurant management associate's program at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) consists of 61-66 credits. Required courses focus on accounting, food production, restaurant and beverage management, and hospitality marketing and resource management. Students can also take electives in catering, game management, events management, and club management. SCC also offers a certificate in hospitality and tourism/restaurant management.

Runner-Up #2: Phoenix College

  • 90% of first-time freshmen received some form of financial aid in 2011-2012, per the NCES
  • Students obtain ServSafe certification
  • Student-run Cafe Oso on campus

Phoenix College offers both a certificate and an associate's degree in food service administration. The certificate program is 21 credits, while the associate's degree is 61-64 credits. Students in both programs take courses in professional cooking, menu planning, baking techniques and food service management. Graduates are prepared for beginning positions in restaurants and other types of food-serving establishments, such as cafeterias and hotels.

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