Students looking to earn hospitality management degrees in New Jersey have several schools to choose from. While earning an educational credential, students might have the chance to complete internships and co-op experiences or to participate in student groups specifically for hospitality management. Some programs offer transfer options.
After completing a certificate, associate's, bachelor's or master's program, graduates can choose to continue their studies in the hospitality field or enter the tourism, restaurant or hospitality industries. The related programs offered by nine colleges and universities in New Jersey are described below. A comparison table includes the tuition rates of these schools. Some of the program offerings include:
- Hospitality Management
- Restaurant Management and Event Planning
- Hospitality Technology
- Hotel and Restaurant Management
- Restaurant and Culinary Management
- Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies
- Business Administration with a Hospitality Management concentration
Bergen Community College
Paramus-based Bergen Community College offers a variety of options in its hospitality management division, including a transfer associate's degree program, a career associate's degree program and certificate programs in hospitality management and hospitality operations. The curriculum includes courses in financial accounting, microeconomics, nutrition, professional food preparation techniques and food purchasing. There is also a co-op work experience included in the associate's degree program.
Camden County College
Blackwood's Camden County College offers a hospitality technology program that prepares graduates for careers in special event catering, hotel management, food production management and resort management. The program teaches students leadership skills, planning and communication skills. Students also learn the skills needed to study demographics and consumer trends and to look for jobs in a variety of segments in the hospitality industry. Courses include English composition, public speaking, hospitality law, psychology and a business co-op.
County College of Morris
Randolph's County College of Morris features a hospitality management degree program for new students as well as those already employed in the hospitality industry. In additional to degree and certificate programs in hospitality management, the college has a ManageFirst credential program that offers National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)-approved training and tests students on restaurant and hospitality management, human resources management and food service cost control. Core courses include business law, food production, business and accounting.
County College of Morris also offers students the option to obtain a degree in restaurant and culinary management. The curriculum includes courses in food and beverage management, accounting, food safety and nutrition, food production and dining room control. A 15-credit restaurant management and event planning certificate is also available.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University offers several degree programs in the hospitality field at its Madison and Teaneck, New Jersey, campuses. The bachelor's degree program in hotel and restaurant management provides students with the background for employment in casinos, restaurants, hotels and other facilities that offer hospitality services. There is also a master's degree program in hospitality studies that is designed for current hospitality professionals who wish to advance in their careers. Students who want to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in hospitality management can do so in five years in the dual program. Students learn about property management, professional skill development and sanitation and also complete a graduate practicum while earning the master's degree. Fairleigh Dickinson University also offers a bachelor's degree program in individual studies that allows students to choose a hospitality specialization.
Hudson County Community College
Jersey City's Hudson County Community College offers an associate's degree program in hospitality management that gives students the choice of concentrations in hotel restaurant management or entrepreneurship. A hospitality management certificate program is also available. Each program includes a 300-hour practicum and prepares students for entry-level employment in the hospitality industry.
Montclair State University
Montclair State University is located in Montclair and offers a hospitality management concentration in its business administration program. Students learn through coursework, program activities and practical experiences. The program also provides field visits, internships and guest lectures. Courses include entrepreneurship in hospitality, lodging system management and customer relations management.
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management at Galloway's Richard Stockton College of New Jersey teaches students specialized skills in addition to general studies. After earning their degrees, graduates prepare for careers in travel and tourism, hotel operations and food and beverage management. Hospitality management student organizations include the Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society and the Hospitality and Tourism Management Society. A co-op semester and a professional experience are included in the curriculum.
Camden's Rutgers University offers a bachelor's degree program in hospitality management through the School of Business. Students are able to participate in the Hospitality Ambassadors Student Group while learning about conference and meeting management, condominium and vacation ownership, marketing in the hospitality industry, club management and legal aspects of hospitality. An internship and an independent study are also included in the curriculum.
Union County College
Cranford's Union County College has a hotel, tourism and restaurant management program that teaches students problem-solving skills, basic computer concepts and hospitality management ethics. Program studies include dynamics of communication, general psychology, small business management and business technology. Students can also complete an internship while earning their associate's degree. After obtaining the degree, graduates can either start their careers or transfer to a 4-year program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Hospitality Management Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bergen Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Hospitality Management Certificate,
Hospitality Operations Certificate of Achievement,
Career Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management,
Transfer Associate in Science in Hospitality
| $4,500 (in-district)*
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Technology|| $4,320 (in-district)*
$4,440 (in-state and out-of-state)*
|County College of Morris||2-year, public; large suburb|| ManageFirst Program,
Restaurant Management and Event Planning Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management,
Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant and Culinary Management
| $4,920 (in-district)*
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies - Hospitality Specialization,
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management/Master of Science in Hospitality Management Dual-degree Program,
Master of Science in Hospitality Management Studies
|Hudson County Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Hospitality Management Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
| $5,718 (in-district)*
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Hospitality Management Concentration|| $12,790 (in-state)*
|Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies||$13,739 (in-state)*
|Rutgers University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Hospitality Management|| $14,835 (in-state)*
|Union County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management|| $5,140 (in-district)*
$10,280 (in-state and out-of-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.