Hospitality Degrees in Boston, MA with Degree Program Summaries

Nov 26, 2018

There are three schools within roughly five miles of Boston, MA, that have hospitality degree programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements, and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

Boston, MA, Schools with Hospitality Programs

Students who are interested in careers in hospitality can find programs at a community college and two private schools in Boston, which are discussed below. Readers will also find a table with essential school facts and a paragraph about several other local schools that offer formal education programs in hospitality

  • Boston University, located about two miles from downtown, is the largest of these schools and offers undergraduate programs in hospitality management that can lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS).
  • At 1.5 miles, Bunker Hill Community College is the closest of the three featured schools to downtown Boston. At the college, students can pursue an affordable certificate or degree program in hotel and restaurant management; a certificate and degree program in meeting and event planning is also available.
  • Students can also find a bachelor's degree program at Newbury College, a small, private college located almost four miles from downtown Boston, in Brookline.

Comparison of Schools

The odds of being admitted, school size and tuition are important factors to consider when finalizing your school choice. Find this information below, along with first-time student retention rates and graduation statistics.

Boston University Bunker Hill Community College Newbury College
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 33,355* 11,881* 620*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $52,082* $4,224 in-state; $9,168 out-of-state* $34,470*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 55%* 66%* 100%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 25%* N/A - Open admissions* 75%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 93% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 64% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 87% (for students who began Fall 2011)* 14% (23% transfer-out rate) (for students who began Fall 2014)* 39% (32% transfer-out rate) (for students who began Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Boston University

Boston University is made up of 16 schools and colleges, including the School of Hospitality Administration, which was founded in 1981. The school features about ten faculty members with wide-ranging experience in the hospitality industry, in addition to hosting corporate recruiting fairs twice a year and providing an Office of Career Services.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration

Students in this 128-credit program train to be managers in the hospitality industry, learning about staff management, marketing, and the use of industry technology. Training addresses food and beverages, lodging operations, revenue, and finance. Students also gain a foundation in micro- and macroeconomics, statistics, and hospitality law. On-the-job training is acquired through two field experiences; no credit is awarded for this aspect of the program. Students are also required to gain exposure to another culture through study abroad, relevant coursework, or a project.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management/Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program that includes specific classes in hospitality leadership and hospitality marketing may qualify for the gastronomy master's program. The program explores the role of food in various cultures at Boston University's Metropolitan College and may be completed in two semesters.

Minor in Hospitality Administration

This 28-credit minor is open to any undergraduate student. Courses include managerial accounting, hospitality marketing, human resources (HR), food and beverage management, and lodging operations.

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)

BHCC is the largest community college in the state, offering more than 100 associate's degree and certificate programs through 23 departments, including the Hospitality Department. About four faculty members teach hospitality courses, while the department advisory committee includes well-known Boston-area hospitality professionals.

Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management

This 27-credit program focuses on development of decision-making and practical skills in hotel and restaurant management with regard to both guest services and employees. Students learn about hospitality-specific topics, such as food and beverage operations, culinary theory, lodging operations, and sanitation, as well as honing their business skills in accounting, administration, hospitality technology, and writing.

Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning

This program emphasizes the business importance of event planning, preparing students for positions not only with hotels and restaurants, but conference centers and other business organizations. Students learn basic skills in accounting, writing, computer technology, keyboarding, and arranging/managing travel. Training in managing groups and meetings, culinary theory, and event planning gives participants practice in critical-thinking and interpersonal skills.

Associate in Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

There are three concentration options available in this program: hotel/restaurant management, meeting and event planning, and management of assisted living and institutional facilities. All three options share a core curriculum that includes nutrition, hospitality marketing, accounting, finance, and hospitality regulations. Each option also requires an internship.

The hotel/restaurant management concentration focuses on hospitality principles, culinary theory, food and beverage operations, lodging operations, and food service sanitation. Students in the meeting and event-planning program can expect to learn about business travel, group management, event preparation, and culinary theory. In the third concentration option, students learn to oversee the complex operations of assisted living and institutional care facilities, which provide not only hospitality-type services, such as food, cleaning, and leisure activities, but offer some healthcare management services as well. Training encompasses operations for lodging, front office, food and beverages, and sanitation, as well exploring the social and health characteristics of senior populations.

Associate in Science in Meeting and Event Planning

Students will have three options of study for this program, which include hotel/restaurant management, management of assisted living/institutional facilities, and meeting/event planning. At the completion of this degree, students will have experienced a number of industry-focused learning sessions and will be tested in various environments that will prepare them for any type of situation that may arise within the hospitality industry.

Newbury College

Newbury awards associate's and bachelor's degrees in more than 20 majors through its three schools. The Roger A. Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management features one hospitality-related program that includes training.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

In this 122-credit program, students take courses in catering management, convention management, global hospitality operations, and event production. They also take business courses in accounting, human resource management, leadership, and organizational theory. In addition, students can choose between a hospitality management case study or an internship. This program is available in a part-time or online format through the School of Professional Studies.

Other Schools

Lasell College in Newton, MA, is located about nine miles from Boston and offers a minor in event management and a business major with a hospitality and event management concentration. An associate's degree and certificate program in hospitality management are available a little over ten miles away in Wellesley Hills at Massachusetts Bay Community College. Almost 14 miles from Boston in Salem, Salem State University has a business administration bachelor's program with a hospitality management concentration.

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