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Top University with a Hospitality Management Degree - Bakersfield, CA

Students interested in studying hospitality management in the Bakersfield, CA, area have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

There are a few schools within a 100-miles radius of Bakersfield offering programs in hospitality management, including both 4-year and 2-year schools. The following schools are considered the top three based on school type, degree levels offered and tuition:

  • Winner: California State University in Northridge secured first place for its ranking of #60 for regional universities in the West from U.S. News & World Report, its available degree levels and the total number of degrees awarded in hospitality management.
  • Runner Up #1: College of the Canyons, located in Santa Clarita, came in second for its low tuition rates and unique wine service certificate.
  • Runner Up #2: Santa Barbara Community College in Santa Barbara claimed the second runner up spot for its accreditation through the American Culinary Federation and multiple program levels offered in the field.

School Comparison Chart

Category California State Universtiy - Northridge College of the Canyons Santa Barbara Community College
Ranking #60 among the best regional universities in the West in 2014* N/A N/A
Location Northridge, CA (84 miles from Bakersfield) Santa Clarita, CA (73 miles from Bakersfield Santa Barbara, CA (79 miles from Bakersfield)
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $6,296 (in-state, undergraduate),
$17,954 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$7,770 (in-state, graduate), $17,316 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$1,154 (in-state, undergraduate),
$5,234 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
$1,374 (in-state, undergraduate),
$7,254 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
Hospitality Management Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Associate's degree Certificate; associate's degree
Hospitality Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012 46** 3** 3**
Most Popular Hospitality Field of Study (2011-2012) Bachelor's degree in tourism, hospitality and recreation management (31 awarded)** Associate's degree in hotel and restaurant management (2 awarded)** Associate's degree in hospitality (3 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 48% (10% transfer-out rate)** 27% (13% transfer-out rate)** 35% (19% transfer-out rate)**
Noteworthy Master's degree offers two specializations Unique certificate program in hospitality wine service may be of interest to hospitality management students Training is offered through a cafeteria, coffee shop and gourmet dining room

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

Winner: California State University - Northridge

  • Bachelor's degree coursework includes an internship
  • Master's degree courses and internships take place on nights and weekends
  • Students are required to earn American Red Cross CPR and first aid certification

The bachelor's degree program in tourism, hospitality and recreation management at California State University - Northridge is made up of coursework and internships. Students in this broad program have an opportunity to learn about hospitality and tourism management, employee services, outdoor recreation and non-profit management. Hospitality-focused courses in the curriculum include topics in program planning, entrepreneurial ventures, food and beverage management, leisure in the hospitality industry and convention management. The master's degree program in tourism, hospitality and recreation management offers specializations in tourism management and recreation sport management. The program is 30 credits long, and courses in the program include human resources, marketing and promotion, hospitality trends and issues, facility design and risk management. Graduates students are also required to complete an internship and thesis.

Runner Up #1: College of the Canyons

  • Hospitality students can focus on hotel management, restaurant management or both
  • College has seven consecutive years of being named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2006-2013)

The Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management at College of the Canyons offers three associate's degree options. Students interested in management positions in the lodging industry may choose the Associate in Science in Hotel Management program, while those more interested in the food industry may opt for the Associate in Science in Restaurant Management. There's also an option for both: the Associate in Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management combines the two curricula and adds accounting courses. Common courses across all of the degree options include hotel law, restaurant law, sanitation and guest relations, as well as a hospitality industry introduction.

A unique offering at College of the Canyons is the Certificate of Specialization in Hospitality Wine Service. Though not a hospitality management program, this is a related option that can supplement hospitality studies; the program is designed to prepare students to provide skilled wine service in dining venues such as restaurants and hotels. Courses cover regional wines from across the world, as well as wine appreciation.

Runner Up #2: Santa Barbara Community College

  • Hospitality and tourism management programs are accredited through the American Culinary Federation
  • Several scholarships are offered to hospitality students each semester; these range from $50-$1,000

Santa Barbara Community College offers a hospitality certificate and associate degree through the School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management. Hospitality courses include hospitality law, front office operations, hospitality sales and marketing and loss management. Students are required to participate in an internship, which involves 5-10 hours per week of work experience. Additionally, a 225- to 300-hour hotel work experience course is part of the curriculum.

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