Hospitality Colleges in Illinois with Degree Program Overviews

Research hospitality colleges in Illinois, which currently has 13 schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for the nine largest schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

The hospitality industry comprises many areas, including restaurant management, lodging management, food service and beverage service. Consequently, some areas of focus in a hospitality program include hospitality leadership, hospitality and tourism administration, hotel and restaurant management, hospitality operations and food service management. Hospitality can also be offered as a concentration within a larger business administration program.

Several universities and 2-year colleges offer hospitality studies at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels; certificate programs are also available. In addition to classroom studies, hospitality students can often gain practical skills through completion of one or more internships. Summaries of the programs at the nine largest schools follow.


DePaul University

Chicago's DePaul University has a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Hospitality Leadership in addition to a Master of Science in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance. Undergraduate students are expected to complete two internships during their junior year to gain experience in the field and to earn ServSafe Alcohol and ServSafe Manager certifications. Required courses include hospitality law and ethics, hospitality community service and hospitality business operations.

The MBA program focuses on service operations management, employee development and service delivery, while the Master of Science curriculum emphasizes business skills and financial performance in addition to hospitality leadership.

Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College in Elgin offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts, an Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant Management, as well as vocational certificates in restaurant operations. Students in the associate degree program complete courses in business, culinary arts and hospitality. These courses cover food purchasing, business math and hospitality supervision, among other topics, to prepare students for a career in restaurant management.

The vocational certificate program in hospitality takes two semesters to complete and requires students to take courses in culinary techniques, food production, menu design and dining room operations. The vocational specialist certificate program in restaurant operations includes many of the same courses, but adds business math, beverage management, sanitation for food service, word processing and spreadsheet usage.

Harper College

In Palatine, Harper College administers an associate degree in hospitality management with two concentrations: hotel operations management and food service operations management. Each of these specializations requires students to take courses in hospitality promotions, hospitality law and risk management. The two-year college also offers a 20-credit-hour Hotel Management Certificate and a 26-credit-hour Food Service Management Certificate.

Joliet Junior College

Students at Joliet Junior College in Joliet can pursue an Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management, a Certificate of Achievement in Hospitality Management or a Certificate of Completion in Hospitality Management. The 65-semester-hour associate degree program provides 50 hours in hospitality and culinary courses like hotel organization, front office management, restaurant development, food service purchasing and food preparation. Students are also required to complete an internship in hospitality management.

The Certificate of Achievement program provides 37 semester hours of coursework in topics like catering and special events operations, cost control and portion management. The Certificate of Completion is an 18-semester-hour program that includes courses in hospitality and culinary arts.

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield-based Lincoln Land Community College has an Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management and Services. The 60-credit-hour associate degree program includes courses in marketing for hospitality and tourism, supervision and management, culinary topics, business organization and three credits of internship experience. Students in this program learn about nutrition, sanitation and beverage management.

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills' Moraine Valley Community College administers a certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management program. The 66-credit-hour associate degree program requires students to work during the summers; the first summer they must complete 4 credits in quantity food production, and they must build a hospitality portfolio during the second. The curriculum provides courses in marketing and hospitality cost control; food, beverage and equipment purchasing; menu writing and quantity food production. The certificate requires the completion of 35 credit hours, including the hospitality portfolio course. No summer courses are required in the certificate program.

Richland Community College

Decatur's Richland Community College provides an Associate in Applied Science in Food Service and three hospitality certificate programs. The AAS curriculum includes courses in dining room management, catering, cost management, food service sanitation and nutrition. This degree program requires 62 credit hours for graduation.

The 17-credit-hour Hospitality Operations Management Certificate program provides courses in purchasing, business law, marketing fundamentals and food service sanitation. The Hospitality Management Fundamentals Certificate program requires the completion of 18 credit hours in courses like hospitality and tourism, business mathematics and applications for microcomputers. A Food Service Management Certificate is also available.

Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University, located in Chicago, has the advantage of being located in a popular hospitality and tourism destination. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management program with 54 semester hours dedicated to hospitality management courses like hospitality industry finance and accounting, food and beverage management, hospitality law, marketing and event management. An 18-semester-hour minor in hospitality and tourism management is available as well.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management is a fast-track program for students 24 years of age and older who are balancing education with work and family. The curriculum includes 85-90 semester hours, with 54 in hospitality management and the remainder in general studies. Concentrations can be chosen in meeting and event management, food and beverage management, hotel/lodging management, sports hospitality and tourism administration. Roosevelt University also offers a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management program that gives students the choice of completing a research thesis or a master's project.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Administration along with a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition that provides a concentration in hospitality and tourism administration at its campus in Carbondale. Undergraduate students can focus on food service, event planning, lodging or tourism management, and they also have the option to create their own specialized courses of study. Students in this bachelor's program are required to complete their choice of one, six-month or two, 400-hour internships, which take place at the university restaurant and food production facilities, as well as at off-campus lodging and conference centers.

Graduate students who choose the hospitality and tourism administration concentration can focus on areas like hospitality risk management, human resources in the hospitality industry, hospitality marketing and quantity food production.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Hospitality Degree and Certificate Programs Offered Undergraduate/Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
DePaul University Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Science in Business in Hospitality Leadership,
Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Leadership,
Master of Science in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance
Undergraduate: $36,361; Graduate; $18,334*
Elgin Community College Two-year, public; midsize city Basic Vocational Certificate in Restaurant Operations,
Vocational Specialist Certificate in Restaurant Supervisor,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant Management
$2,868 (in-district); $10,439 (in-state); $11,959 (out-of-state)*
Harper College Two-year, public; large suburb Hotel Management Certificate,
Food Service Management Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
$3,228 (in-district); $9,396 (in-state); $11,208 (out-of-state)*
Joliet Junior College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate of Completion in Hospitality Management,
Certificate of Achievement in Hospitality Management,
Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
$3,450 (in-district); $10,508 (in-state); $11,187 (out-of-state)*
Lincoln Land Community College Two-year public; midsize city Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management and Services $2,904 (in-district); $5,544 (in-state); $8,184 (out-of-state)*
Moraine Valley Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
$3,966 (in-district); $8,916 (in-state); $10,326 (out-of-state)*
Richland Community College Two-year, public; small city Hospitality Operations Management Certificate,
Hospitality Management Fundamentals Certificate,
Food Service Management Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Food Service
$3,744 (in-district); $5,769 (in-state); $13,674 (out-of-state)*
Roosevelt University Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Undergraduate: $27,300 undergraduate; Graduate: $18,703*
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Four-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Administration,
Master of Science in Food and Nutrition with Hospitality and Tourism Administration Concentration
Undergraduate: $13,137 (in-state), $26,390 (out-of-state); Graduate: $14,002 (in-state), $29,036 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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