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Top MBA Programs in Hospitality Management: School List

Learn what makes the two top schools for earning an MBA in hospitality management stand out. Find out about school rankings, program offerings and requirements at these schools.

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Hospitality management prepares students to fill administrative rolls at hotels and resorts. This article explores some nation's best MBA programs, based on what they have to offer and how they have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report.

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School Overviews

This section highlights three schools that offer outstanding MBA programs as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report for the year of 2017 or based on the broad programs offered. George Washington University (GWU), the University of North Texas (UNT) and Lynn University are among the top schools offering Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs with a specialization in hospitality management.

George Washington University in Washington, DC

School highlight: Offers electives in experiential tourism, a short study abroad experience.

GWU was tied for 56 in the top 100 national universities in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Business offers a full-time MBA program that can be focused in tourism, hospitality, event and sport management. The program consists of 57 credit hours, and students take 12 hours of electives in hospitality and tourism management during their second year. Courses in this area educate students on event operations, sports law, hotel management and tourism marketing.

University of North Texas in Denton, TX

School highlight: Students have an opportunity to gain real-world experience working at the university's student-run restaurant.

Although the University of North Texas is not highly ranked by the U.S. News & World Report for 2017, with its business programs tied for #218 in the nation, its broad program in hospitality management makes it stand out. Students at the University of North Texas can complete a joint MBA and Master of Science (M.S.) in Hospitality Management through a partnership between the College of Business and the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management. Coursework can be completed online or on-campus. In addition to core courses in business and hospitality management, each student chooses a business concentration, such as accounting, decision sciences or electronic business. UNT also features several related graduate offerings, including M.S. programs in merchandising, hospitality management and international sustainable tourism.

Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL

School highlight: About 25% of students in the MBA in Hospitality Management program are international students.

According to U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings, Lynn University tied for the number three spot in terms of being the most innovative school. Its MBA in Hospitality Management program offers both on-campus and distance learning. Both utilize initiative practices such as iPad-powered learning, and both offer hands-on, in-field experiences.

Top Hospitality and Hotel Management Programs

Here are a couple more schools that offer quality MBA programs in hospitality management.

  • The College of Business at University of Findlay in Findlay, OH, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and its hospitality management program is offered online.
  • The University of Nevada- Las Vegas' William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration offers students access to the Hospitality Research Development Center and the International Gaming Institute.

Students interested in careers in hospitality management may use this article to find a few of the nation's top MBA Programs in Hospitality Management. These programs offer innovative, hands-on learning opportunities and curricula that allow students to tailor their studies to specific aspects of hospitality management.

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