Hospitality Management Schools and Colleges in Los Angeles

Dec 10, 2018

There are about nine schools in the Los Angeles area that have hospitality management programs. Learn about the programs offered at three schools within 30 miles of downtown Los Angeles, and get info on admission and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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Los Angeles Hospitality Management Programs

Colleges and universities near Los Angeles offer hospitality management programs at a variety of levels, from certificates to master's degrees. This article provides details on three schools, all of which are less than 35 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. There is a table toward the end of the article that compares important school information, such as program costs, graduation rates, enrollment numbers and more. Also provided is a short section mentioning three additional school options.

  • California State University - Long Beach is just over 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles and offers a minor in hospitality management and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management.
  • Students can earn a Minor in Hospitality Management, a BS in Hospitality Management, a Master of Science (MS) in Hospitality Management or a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in hospitality management at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, which is 28 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
  • Located around 22 miles from downtown, Mt. San Antonio College offers two levels of hospitality management certificates, as well as an Associate of Science in Hospitality &Restaurant Management.

Comparison of Schools

It can be hard to choose the right program, let alone the right school. The table below compares valuable information and can make the decision easier.

California State University - Long Beach California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Mt. San Antonio College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 37,622* 26,053* 29,960*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,730 in-state;
$18,610 out-of-state*
$7,339 in-state;
$19,219 out-of-state*
$1,349 in-state;
$8,741 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 80%* 76%* 70%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* 55%* N/A- Open admissions*
Retention Rate for Full-time Students (2016-2017) 88%* 86%* 79%*
Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time) 69% (for students who began studies Fall 2011)* 66% (for students who began studies Fall 2011)* 32% (for students who began studies Fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

California State University - Long Beach

The hospitality management program here is offered through the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services. Students prepare for careers in the hospitality industry through classroom work and internships, as well as mandatory work experience.

Minor in Hospitality Management

A minor in hospitality management requires 19 units of coursework and is open to non-hospitality management majors. Required courses consist of hospitality management and foodservice sanitation. Electives focus on various aspects of restaurant services and lodging/hotel management. Students can also pursue a practical experience with a local employer.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Undergraduates in this program must complete 120 credits of coursework, including general education requirements. Students take courses in human resources (HR) management, lodging management and food preparation. All students must complete an internship and at least 800 hours of hospitality industry work experience in order to graduate.

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly - Pomona, founded in 1973, offers the state's largest 4-year hospitality management degree program. Students can earn degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels through classroom study and hands-on experience.

Minor in Hospitality Management

Students who are not majoring in hospitality management can minor in the subject by taking 29 required credits. Prerequisite courses include management, financial accounting, and management marketing. Students take 17 units of core hospitality management courses and choose 12 units from a list of courses that complement their major area. Course options include world cuisine, tourism concepts, and hospitality property development.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

The BS in Hospitality Management is a 4-year degree program that prepares graduates for leadership roles in the hospitality industry. Students examine general business topics such as HR management and customer relations, as well as hotel operations and cost control for labor, food, and beverages. There are 3 specializations: hotel/resort management, restaurant management, or club management. Each student must complete 800 hours of employment in the field before graduation.

Master of Science in Hospitality Management

The MS program in hospitality management prepares students to work in the field or pursue a higher level degree. Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree in hospitality management or a related field; in some cases, a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field may be acceptable. Core studies cover advanced business concepts such as finance, marketing, and strategic management, with elective courses in topics such as legal issues in hospitality and healthy menu development. The program calls for at least 36 semester units of work and usually requires 2 years of full-time study. Students can choose a thesis or professional paper option.

Master in Business Administration, Hospitality Management Emphasis

The MBA with an emphasis in hospitality management is offered through a partnership between the College of Business Administration and The Collins College of Hospitality Management. It's designed to provide business training to working managers. The MBA program consists of 34-36 credits over 2 years, and covers management, operations, law, strategy and technology topics as they relate to the hospitality industry. To accommodate working students' schedules, classes meet one evening per week or on some Saturdays as well as in a hybrid format.

Mt. San Antonio College

The hospitality certificate and associate's degree programs at Mt. San Antonio provide a solid knowledge foundation, as well as a path to further education or the workforce. Work experience is required in each certificate program and is recommended for the degree program.

Hospitality Management Level 1 Certificate

This 4-course program covers the fundamentals of lodging, hospitality, and dining room service. Students also gain work experience in a hotel or food service establishment. Training covers topics such as styles of food service, how to calculate staffing needs for a hotel front desk, and the formula for establishing room rates. Students also create a career portfolio and explore job opportunities.

Hospitality Management Level 2 Certificate

This 19-credit program covers all aspects of the Level 1 certificate and adds studies in accounting, hospitality law, and operations/personnel management. Students who complete the Level 2 certificate program are prepared for hotel or restaurant manager-trainee positions.

Associate of Science in Hospitality & Restaurant Management

In addition to general education requirements such as math, English, and social studies, hospitality and restaurant management degree students must complete major courses on food safety, basic cooking techniques, introduction to lodging, and hospitality law. The work experience elective is recommended; other elective choices include menu development and catering. The curriculum is designed to allow students a smooth transition to the bachelor's degree program at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, as well as to other universities.

Other School Options

Just 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena City College offers a Certificate of Achievement and an associate's degree in hospitality management, while College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, approximately 33 miles from Los Angeles, offers an AS in Hospitality Management. Glendale Community College, which awards a Certificate in Restaurant Management, is 15 miles from downtown LA.

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