Top Restaurant Management School - New York, NY

New York City has close to 200 colleges and universities but very few of them offer a dedicated program in Restaurant Management. Read about the three schools below to decide which one offers the best program for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are six schools within 50 miles of New York City with restaurant management programs. Three of these schools stand out based on degree program offerings in the field, graduation rates, and rankings.

  • Winner: New York University is a nationally ranked school with highly ranked business and management programs. It offers bachelor's, master's and post-graduate certificates in management and hospitality.
  • Runner-Up #1: Pace University also has high rankings and graduation levels. It offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in hospitality and management.
  • Runner-Up #2: CUNY New York City College of Technology offers students the option of starting out with an associate's degree. It also offers bachelor's and undergraduate certificate programs in the field.

School Comparison Chart

Category New York University Pace University CUNY New York City College of Technology
2013 Ranking(s)* 32nd for National University, 5th for Best Undergraduate Business Programs, 20th for Entrepreneurship, 5th for Management, 10th for Best Graduate Business Schools, 22nd for Graduate Entrepreneurship, 15th for Graduate Management 174th for Best National Universities, 166th for Best Undergraduate Business Programs, 150th for Best Part-Time MBA, 1st for Best Online Bachelor's Programs Regional Colleges (North) - Rank not published
Location New York, NY New York, NY New York, NY
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, primarily associate's, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $43,204 (Undergraduate), $36,820 (Graduate)** $36,614(Undergraduate), $31,968 (Graduate)** $5,769 (Undergraduate, in-state), $11,979 (Undergraduate, out-of-state),
Restaurant Management Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and postgraduate certificates** Bachelor's and master's *** Associate's, bachelor's and undergraduate certificates**
Restaurant Management Degrees and/or Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2012 169** 176** 150**
2011 Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 87%** 53%** 15%**
Noteworthy Largest private university in the USA*** 5th among the 10 schools that had the largest percentage of interns in 2011* Largest public college of technology in the Northeast***

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

Winner: New York University (NYU)

  • Demonstrating a high degree of satisfaction with their school, 92% of full-time NYU students who began their studies in the fall of 2010, returned the following year, as reported by NCES
  • For the 2012-2013 school year, NCES reports NYU only admitted 35% of undergraduate applicants

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at NYU offers a BS in hotel and tourism management where students learn about restaurant and catering management, organizing special events and operation of food and beverage venues. Both in class and through internships, students acquire real-life experience locally and internationally. Students can choose from concentrations in event management or organizations and operations.

The Tisch Center also offers a master's degree in hospitality industry studies. In this program, students may select from among four concentrations: hotel finance, brand strategy, lodging operations and revenue management. Graduate-level certificates in hospitality studies may be obtained in less than one year of full-time study. In-person and online non-credit courses are also offered. These include an accelerated course in restaurant operations and food and beverage management control systems. Every June, the Tisch Center organizes the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. With some 2,000 industry leaders present at this event, it is considered the leading event for the hospitality industry.

Runner-Up #1: Pace University (Pace)

  • Culinary personality Rachel Ray studied at Pace for two years
  • The Lubin School of Business hospitality and tourism management major is the only AACSB-accredited program in the New York City area

The Lubin School of Business at Pace offers a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. This specialized degree requires courses in restaurant and foodservices management and legal issues in hospitality and tourism, as well as electives covering safety standards in hospitality, event management and a hospitality management internship.

The MBA program in management prepares students for all fields of industry and students interested specifically in restaurant management may benefit from courses like venture initiation and entrepreneurship, business strategy as well as a professional core course in managing business operations. Non-management majors may opt for a minor in management. Pace's students may benefit from the Executive and Entrepreneur in Residence programs through which they may interact with industry leaders from many different countries both in and out of the classroom. The Lubin Internship program matches qualified management students with the appropriate work experience for which they are also awarded credit.

Runner-Up #2: CUNY New York City College of Technology (City Tech)

  • Bachelor's program in hospitality is accredited by ACPHA, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
  • NCES reports 85% of new students received some type of financial aid during the 2011-2012 school-year

At City Tech students can pursue an associate's degree in hospitality management. This program teaches basic skills in hotel, restaurant and food and beverage management, and credits may be transferred to the Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Management program. Courses include introduction to food and beverage management, dining room operation, facilities design, events management, food and wine, and hospitality marketing. Students interested in teaching may take the necessary courses and become licensed to teach culinary arts at the high-school level in the state of New York. As part of the educational experience at City Tech, all students are involved in special projects, field trips, internships and volunteer opportunities (such as soup kitchens or preparing holiday meals for those in need).

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