Top Schools for Resort, Hotel, Motel, and Spa Management

Find out which top universities can train you for a career in resort, hotel, motel or spa management. Read about the program options at three leading schools, and find a list of other universities around the country that offer programs in hospitality management.

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Resort, hotel, motel or spa management programs can be found at many top-ranked schools in the country, including the University of Houston, Purdue University, Ohio State University and New York University. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

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Students in hotel, motel, resort and spa management programs learn how to supervise other hotel employees and make sure that guests are comfortable. Core coursework can include topics in tourism and operations management, business, accounting and guest relations. The four universities profiled below include the University of Houston, where students at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management have a chance to train in the campus hotel. Each of the four schools offers hospitality management programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Three of the schools are ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report, and the University of Houston's Hilton College is considered among the best in the world.

University of Houston in Texas

School Highlight: The Hospitality program offers 15 student organizations, including the largest student chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) in the country.

The University of Houston includes the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, where students can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Master of Science (M.S.) in Hospitality Management. Graduate students can also pursue a 3-year M.S./Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, offered in conjunction with the C.T. Bauer College of Business. The Hilton College offers a range of internship possibilities through its alumni network; students can also gain hands-on experience through the 86-room Hilton University of Houston hotel.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

School Highlight: Purdue is home to the Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Purdue University tied for the nation's 20th best public school in 2016. The hospitality and tourism management program within Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences features B.S., M.S. and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Within each program, students can choose from one of three concentration areas: tourism management, food service management or lodging management.

Ohio State University in Columbus

School Highlight: Students can join the Hospitality Management Association.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University (OSU) the 16th-best public school in the nation in 2016. The College of Education and Human Ecology offers a bachelor's program in hospitality management. Undergraduate courses include hospitality marketing, event management and planning, operations management and human resources. Students also complete internships.

New York University in New York, NY

School Highlight:NYU hosts the annual International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.

U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU's undergraduate business management program ninth in the country as of 2016. NYU offers a BS in hotel or tourism management and MS programs in hospitality industry studies and tourism management. The bachelor's program offers five concentrations. The MS in hospitality industry studies offers four concentrations.

Top Resort, Hotel, Motel and Spa Management Programs

Other top resort, hotel motel and spa management programs include:

  • Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, TX, offers a Chef Camp and a Fashion Camp.
  • University of Delaware in Newark, DE, ranked tied for 79th among best national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Located in Memphis, TN, the University of Memphis' Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management was established by the founder of the Holiday Inn hotel chain.
  • The University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, offers a research-based Ph.D. in Hospitality Management program.
  • The University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, is home to the Harrah's Hospitality Research Center, focusing on innovations in the hospitality industry.
  • Washington State University in Pullman, WA, offers study abroad programs in Italy and Thailand.

The top schools in the country for resort, hotel, motel or spa management programs offer study abroad opportunities, program concentrations and hands-on experience through internships.

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