Hospitality Degrees in New York City with School Information

Dec 17, 2018

There are several schools within five miles of downtown New York City that offer degree programs in hospitality. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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New York City Hospitality Schools

The following resource includes summaries of the hospitality programs at one public and two private universities in New York City. Students will also find a comparison table with important school information, as well as a paragraph with other college and university options.

  • The City University of New York (CUNY) system offers the only public school option for hospitality programs in the city's five boroughs, one of which can be found at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, less than three miles from downtown Manhattan. Students attending this school can earn associate's or bachelor's degrees in hospitality management.
  • Pace University - New York, located about one mile from Manhattan's downtown, offers a bachelor's degree program in management with a concentration in hospitality and tourism management.
  • At New York University (NYU), students can purse undergraduate or graduate studies in a hospitality-related area. The university is located in Greenwich Village, less than three miles from downtown Manhattan.

Comparison of Schools

Undergraduate hospitality students can use this table to compare the tuition and potential for financial aid at the one public and two private universities featured in this article. Additional information about admissions, retention of first-year students and graduation statistics can also be found in this table.

CUNY New York City College of Technology Pace University - New York New York University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 17,279* 12,986* 51,123*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $6,920 for in-state students; $14,310 for out-of-state students* $43,986* $50,464*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017-2018) 82%* 95%* 54%*
% of Undergraduates Students Admitted (2017) 77%* 80%* 28%*
Retention Rates for First-Time Students (2017) 78% for full-time students; 60% for part-time students* 80% for full-time students; 81% for part-time students* 93% for full-time students; 71% for part-time students*
Graduation Rates for First-Time Students (2011) 18% (40% transfer-out rate)* 54% (32% transfer out rate)* 84% (10% transfer out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

CUNY New York City College of Technology

Students attending this college are part of the largest public institution of technology offering bachelor's degree programs in the nation's northeastern states. Through the School of Professional Studies, students can complete undergraduate programs in hospitality management.

Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management

Students who wish to enroll in this program must demonstrate their reading, math and writing abilities by passing the CUNY skills assessment test and proficiency exam. The program includes foundational training in food and beverage management, culinary and pastry arts and hotel management, among other areas. Students also prepare for employment opportunities or further study by completing general education courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Management

This degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). To gain admission, students must meet proficiency standards in reading, writing and mathematics. The program builds on the introductory coursework offered at the associate's level, allowing students to gain more advanced knowledge in hospitality. Students who want to focus on a particular area of hospitality can do so by taking elective courses.

Pace University - New York

Aspiring hospitality management professionals at Pace University can use the undergraduate program to prepare for various career opportunities within the industry. The hospitality and tourism management program, offered through the Lubin School of Business, is the only program of its kind in the New York City area that's accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Students enrolled in the hospitality and tourism management specialization complete 128 total credit hours to earn this degree. Topics include hotel, food service and restaurant management; legal issues in hospitality and industry safety standards. Courses are also required in cruise industry, event and service management.

Students also must complete an internship experience. Opportunities to acquire real-world skills can be found through the university's business partners, such as Union Square Hospitality, a leading restaurant company in New York City. In addition, students in their junior year can participate in an international management field trip to a foreign country, which requires permission from the course instructor.

New York University (NYU)

Through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), students at NYU can take classes in hospitality and tourism taught by industry experts. Programs offered through the SCPS provide students with a multifaceted learning experience that incorporates classroom lectures, field trips and networking events.

Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management

Students enrolled in this program can select a concentration in one of five areas of study beginning in their junior year. Specialties are available in marketing and revenue management, organizations and operations, event management, hotel development and tourism development. Each concentration consists of 15 credit hours of coursework. Depending on their chosen concentration, students can take courses in conferences and special events, brand management, casino operations and/or sports tourism.

Master of Science in Hospitality Industry Studies

Graduate students in the hospitality industry studies program can choose from concentrations in brand strategy, hotel finance, lodging operations and revenue management. The 42-credit program takes two years of full-time study or 3-5 years of part-time study to complete. Core courses cover topics in organizational behavior, research methods, marketing and employment contracts; the study of real estate law, risk management and hotel operations is also part of the program. Students must complete a capstone project and have the option to participate in an internship.

Master of Science in Tourism Management

Graduate students at this school can also earn a master's degree in tourism management. This program consists of 36 credits and includes a capstone project. Once enrolled, students can take courses in destinations marketing, sustainable tourism, tourism policy analysis and tourism planning. Additional program features include opportunities for networking, internships and research projects.

Other School Options

Located in Brooklyn, about nine miles from lower Manhattan, CUNY Kingsborough Community College offers Associate of Applied Science in Tourism and Hospitality. The program consists of 60 credits, and students can choose a specialty in in tourism, hotel management or food and beverage management. Another option is St. John's University - New York in Queens, approximately 12 miles from downtown Manhattan. Through the College of Professional Studies, students at this university can earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

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