The hospitality field encompasses a wide range of careers, from hotel management and meeting planning to tour guiding and restaurant ownership. In Maryland, students can find hospitality training at roughly five schools. These schools award associate's and bachelor's degree programs that provide students with key culinary, managerial and professional skills. These programs welcome high school graduates who can pass a college skills test.
Students may be able to focus their studies on areas such as food and beverage management, golf management or spa management. Fieldwork is an important aspect of hospitality degree programs, so these schools' curricula include an internship or related experience. Below are short summaries of these schools, in addition to a table comparing the programs and tuition costs.
Allegany College of Maryland
Located in Cumberland, Allegany College of Maryland provides academic and career programs to more than 3,700 students at three campus locations. This 2-year public school offers training in hospitality through its Division of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Students have the option to pursue an associate's degree in hospitality management.
The curriculum blends business courses with coursework specific to one of three areas of specialization. Students can focus on hotel and restaurant management, spa management or professional golf management. All three options require a minimum of 68 credits to earn the associate's degree, including an internship. Additionally, the school's restaurant in downtown Cumberland provides valuable on-the-job training and gives students the chance to see the inner workings of an operating hospitality business.
Chesapeake College is located in Wye Mills and was established in 1965 as Maryland's first regional community college. Students interested in hospitality management can enroll in the school's associate's degree program in hotel/restaurant management. The program prepares students for entry- to mid-level management positions and covers both management and food preparation topics. In addition, students take related courses, such as marketing, human resources and accounting. Individuals can choose between two tracks of study: a food service or restaurant management track and a hotel/restaurant management track. Chesapeake College also offers an academic support center where all students can take advantage of tutoring services. In addition, students may pursue a Hospitality Management Letter of Recognition or Hotel/Resort Management Certificate.
College of Southern Maryland
The La Plata-based College of Southern Maryland is a public community college with three campus locations. An associate's degree program in hospitality management is offered through the school's Business and Technology Division. Coursework in this program includes hospitality operations, front office operations, interpersonal communications, food and beverage operations, accounting, business writing and marketing; internship experiences are also available to students. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in variety of fields including meetings and conventions, tourism, hotel management and food service.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Located in historic Princess Anne, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers a Bachelor of Science program in hospitality and tourism management, which prepares students for managerial positions at hotels, resorts, restaurants and a variety of other hospitality establishments. The 120-credit bachelor's degree program provides students with a broad knowledge base in the behind-the-scenes workings of hotels and restaurants. The curriculum includes coursework in business, human resources, front office management, entrepreneurship and convention management. The Richard A. Henson Center, the school's on-campus meeting center, is equipped with demonstration kitchens, dining rooms and other facilities that provide experiential learning opportunities for students.
Wor-Wic Community College
Salisbury's Wor-Wic Community College offers a certificate of proficiency and an associate's degree program in hotel-motel-restaurant management that provides a comprehensive foundation of business and management skills to students interested in the hospitality field. Two areas of concentration are available: culinary arts and hotel-motel-restaurant management. Students following the culinary arts concentration complete coursework in management and marketing, as well as food preparation for a variety of cuisine types. State-of-the-art kitchen facilities outfitted with industry-standard equipment provide venues for students to gain hands-on experience. The hotel-motel-restaurant management concentration area provides instruction in food service cost control, accounting, marketing, hospitality law, beverage management, purchasing and nutrition.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Hospitality Programs Available||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Allegany College of Maryland||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management||$4,220 in-district; $7,580 in-state; $9,290 out-of-state *|
|Chesapeake College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Hospitality Management Letter of Recognition,
Hotel/Resort Management Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management
|$3,818 in-district; $5,480 in-state; $7,328 out-of-state*|
|College of Southern Maryland||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management||$3,825 in-district; $6,660 in-state; $8,580 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||4-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management||$8,302 in-state; $18,508 out-of-state*|
|Wor-Wic Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certificate of Proficiency in Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Management
|$3,240 in-district; $6,240 in-state; $7,704 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator