Students seeking food and beverage management training in Arizona have five options within the state, mostly offered at 2-year colleges. Food and beverage training is often found within hospitality and restaurant management programs. Many of these programs award associate's degrees, though certificate and bachelor's degree programs are also available. Credit may transfer to a 4-year school. Students gain practical experience through co-op experiences and fieldwork.
Central Arizona College
This college in Coolidge offers an associate degree program in hotel and restaurant management. The general education courses can be transferred to Arizona State University and University of Arizona, and those schools may accept some credits from hotel and restaurant management courses as well. Northern Arizona University accepts credits from all courses in the hotel and restaurant management program. Courses that may be of interest to students pursuing food and beverage training include food service management, dining and beverage operations, and food safety. Students also get to take a ServSafe certification course.
Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College in Glendale offers a variety of hospitality and tourism programs, including a restaurant management associate degree program. This program gives students a chance to learn about cost control systems as well as food and beverage operations. Students may have the opportunity to take courses in food, beverage, and labor cost control; beverages and wine service; and wine selection and presentation.
Northern Arizona University
Located in Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University offers a hotel and restaurant management degree program with courses related to food and beverage management. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hotel and Restaurant Management degree program prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry. The program includes a variety of courses useful to would-be food and beverage managers, such as food service systems management, commercial food service operations, beverage production and service, and food/beverage cost control. Students are also required to complete 1,200 hours of relevant work experience over the course of the program.
Pima Community College
Located in Tucson, Pima Community College held its first classes in fall of 1969. The 21-credit hotel and restaurant management certificate program blends classroom learning with practical industry training through co-op opportunities. Introductory courses provide an overview of the hospitality industry, but some electives focus specifically on food and beverage management. Topics include management styles, food storage techniques, personnel management strategies, menu creation and customer service.
The Associate of Arts (AA) in Hotel and Restaurant Management degree program requires 61 credit hours. Students can complete this degree program to acquire entry-level hospitality positions or transfer to a bachelor's degree program at NAU. Core courses cover front desk management, personnel management and other elements of hospitality. Food and beverage students may be interested in courses like commercial food and food service systems management.
Scottsdale Community College
This community college in Scottsdale offers an associate degree program in hospitality and tourism/restaurant management that requires completion of 61-66 credits of coursework. Students are exposed to a variety of topics, such as business concepts, catering operations, beverage management and commercial food production. The program gives students opportunities to participate in directed study and cooperative education experiences through restricted elective options.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Food and Beverage Management Programs||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Central Arizona College||Two-year; public; distant rural||Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management||$2,580 in-state; $11,100 out-of-state*|
|Glendale Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Restaurant Management||$2,070 in-state; $7,854 out-of-state*|
|Northern Arizona University||Four-year; public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management||$11,564 in-state; $25,828 out-of-state*|
|Pima Community College||Two-year; public; large city|| Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate,
Associate of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management
|$2,142 in-state; $7,458 out-of-state*|
|Scottsdale Community College||Two-year; public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism/Restaurant Management||$2,070 in-state; $7,854 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics