Hospitality Management Schools in Houston with Degree Overviews

Nov 15, 2018

Research hospitality management programs in Houston, which currently has two schools offering degrees within about 20 miles of downtown. Read an overview of the program options and requirements for these colleges to decide which one is right for you.

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Houston Hospitality Management Degrees

There are two schools within the city of Houston that offer degree programs with studies in hospitality management. Students can reach these schools in less than half an hour from downtown. Look over a table of statistics on each institution, and then explore the training opportunities and required coursework at the colleges.

  • One school option is Houston Community College (HCC), which offers an associate's degree program in hospitality management, along with two certificates. Its Central College campus is located just two miles from the center of the city.
  • For those wishing to earn a more advanced degree, the University of Houston offers a bachelor's program in hotel and restaurant management and a master's degree in hospitality management. The school is around 1.5 miles from the downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Schools in the community college system offer more affordable tuition rates; however, students interested in receiving an education past the associate's level will want to consider a four-year university. Consider the costs, campus settings, enrollment numbers and more for the profiled institutions in the table below.

Houston Community College University of Houston
School Type Two-year; public Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 45,364*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state* $9,706 in-state; $22,066 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 85%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions* 61%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 65% for full-time students* 85% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 18% (for students who began Fall 2014)* 54% (for students who began Fall 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Houston Community College

The Houston Community College District is made up of seven colleges. Students can complete degree and certificate programs that cover hospitality coursework at the Central College campus. Hospitality studies are offered through programs within the Public Safety, Transportation & Consumer Services division.

Hospitality Management Certificate: Hotel Management or Restaurant Management

Each of these certificate programs requires 25 credits of coursework, and the curriculum is very similar. Courses required for both programs include introductory accounting, management principles, human resource management in hospitality and an introduction to the hospitality industry. The hotel management program goes on to explore facilities, front office and guest room management, while the restaurant management program examines sanitation, food and beverage controls and food preparation. Both programs require a field experience in the hospitality industry.

Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management

Students seeking entry-level positions in hospitality may wish to look into this two-year program. The program emphasizes study in hospitality financial management and marketing, beverage management and front desk operations. Other courses covering hospitality include hospitality human resources management, hospitality facilities management and hospitality administration co-op education. Students must complete a total of 60 credits to earn this degree. Credits earned from the school's restaurant management and hotel management certificate programs can be applied to this associate's degree.

University of Houston

Established in 1927, the University of Houston has been ranked among the best colleges in the U.S. Through the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, students can earn a bachelor's or a master's degree that includes hospitality management studies.

Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Students can choose an area of study in a number of specialties, such as country club management, catering management, event management, lodging management, restaurant management, sales and marketing management, wine and spirits management and spa management. Students can even make a customized area of emphasis, subject to approval from an academic advisor. Some of the courses students can take include hotel sales and development, beverage marketing, international marketing and tourism. This program also requires students to complete at least 600 hours of practicum experience in the hospitality industry.

Master of Science in Hospitality Management

This 36-credit-hour program covers topics in business, food and beverage management, hospitality marketing and revenue management. The program is open to students who have a background in hospitality and those who are new to the field. Students can elect to complete a thesis or a professional paper. The professional paper program option requires students to complete a directed practicum course, while the thesis option does not include this requirement.

The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, along with the C.T. Bauer College of Business, offers a three-year joint program where students can complete the hospitality master's program along with a Master of Business Administration.

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