Massachusetts offers several educational options for individuals who want to prepare for or advance their careers in the hospitality industry. Certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level hospitality management programs are featured at colleges and universities around the state.
Some schools offer online study options as well as areas of concentration. Depending on the program level, senior projects or independent research may be required. Students can also gain practical hospitality experience by completing internships. Following are summaries of the ten largest Massachusetts schools' programs. A table outlines tuition rates and programs at a glance. The program choices include:
- Hospitality Management
- Business Administration with a Hospitality Management concentration
- Hospitality Administration
- Hospitality and Recreation Management
- Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
- Casino Management
- Meeting and Event Management
Boston-based Boston University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Hospitality Administration and a combination B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy, which is offered in conjunction with Metropolitan College. The B.S. in Hospitality Administration combines classroom instruction and more than 800 hours of fieldwork experience, giving students the skills and experience necessary for employment in hospitality management and leadership positions. The program teaches students managerial, communication and marketing skills, as well as the human resources concepts necessary to maintain successful hospitality enterprises. Courses include food service management, hospitality leadership, financial and accounting concepts, hospitality law and revenue management.
The B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy is a 4+1 program that includes courses in the history of food, food and the senses, and the anthropology of food. While at Boston University and before enrolling in Metropolitan College, students complete coursework for the B.S. in Hospitality Administration and additional courses in hospitality leadership and hospitality strategic marketing.
Cape Cod Community College
Students at West Barnstable's Cape Cod Community College can pursue an Associate in Science in Business Administration with a concentration in hospitality management. Required courses include food service sanitation, hospitality marketing, business law and professional cooking fundamentals. The program is 2 years in length and prepares students to work in a supervisory or middle-management position in the hospitality field.
Endicott College is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit college that offers an associate's degree in hospitality management at its Boston campus and a hospitality management bachelor's degree at its Beverly campus. In the B.S. program, students can choose a concentration in events management, international hospitality or senior community management, and they complete internships during their freshman, sophomore and senior years. Other courses include foundations of hospitality management, rooms division management and hospitality sales and marketing. Students get hands-on experience at the college's La Chanterelle restaurant in Beverly and complete a senior thesis project as well.
Holyoke Community College
Located in Holyoke, Holyoke Community College offers an Associate of Science in Hospitality Management and a Hospitality Management Certificate. The 2-year degree program includes courses ranging from accounting and human resource management to banquet cooking and service, food and beverage operations and cooperative education in hospitality. The certificate program includes courses in human resource management, lodging operations and customer service. Many, if not all of these courses, may be completed online.
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Wellesley Hills' Massachusetts Bay Community College offers an Associate in Science in Hospitality Management and a Hospitality Management Certificate. The 2-year associate degree program exposes students to a range of topics in hospitality management - from marketing and business office management to food and beverage management. Students also complete an internship. In the 1-year certificate program, students earn 22 credits in courses like food and beverage management, hospitality and business computer applications. Students complete an internship in this program as well.
Massasoit Community College
Brockton-based Massasoit Community College offers an Associate of Science in Hospitality Management. The 2-year degree program includes courses in tourism management, conference and event planning, financial accounting and managerial communications. SafeServ certification is also part of this program.
North Shore Community College
At the Lynn campus of North Shore Community College, students can pursue an Associate of Science in Hospitality and Tourism. Students learn about accounting, information technology and planning for special events; they also complete an internship. Other required courses include hospitality and travel law, selling travel destinations and automated systems in the travel industry. Some classes in this degree program may be available in a distance-learning format.
Quinsigamond Community College
Students at Worcester's Quinsigamond Community College can pursue a certificate or an associate's degree in hospitality management. In these programs, classes meet weekly and students must complete a cooperative education experience. Students must pass a criminal background check prior to admission. Courses in the associate's degree program include hospitality law and ethics, front office management, hotel meetings, sales and operations. Designed for individuals with experience in the hospitality industry, the certificate program is a 2-semester program and includes courses in front office management, hospitality industry management and hospitality law, in addition to business-related courses.
Salem State University
At Salem's Salem State University, students can pursue an undergraduate degree in hospitality management. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a hospitality management concentration. In this program, students learn about accounting for the hospitality industry, food and beverage management, business policy and hotel operations management. Students must complete a course in hospitality marketing and sales and take part in a hospitality industry internship.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
In Amherst, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, an online Certificate in Meeting and Event Management, an online Certificate in Casino Management or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The bachelor's program in hospitality and tourism management provides students with a foundational understanding of tourism, hospitality and food service. Students can choose from several degree concentrations, including club, casino, lodging, event and food service management. Courses include food production management, hospitality marketing and accounting, hotel operations, human resources management and tourism ethics. Students can earn their bachelor's degrees on campus or online.
The online meeting and event management certificate program covers topics like hospitality marketing, convention sales, catering and banquet management, while the online casino management certificate program provides instruction on club management, gaming policy and casino products. The doctoral program in hospitality and tourism management is designed for professionals seeking academic careers in hospitality. Students learn advanced research skills that allow them to lead hospitality training programs and publish independent research. The program is typically completed in 4 years and includes courses in organizational behavior, advanced hospitality research methods and tourism theory.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Hospitality Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Boston University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration,
B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy
|Cape Cod Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Science in Business Administration - Hospitality Management Concentration|| $5,064 (in-state),
|Endicott College||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Associate of Science in Hospitality Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
|Holyoke Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Hospitality Management Certificate,
Associate of Science in Hospitality Management
| $4,902 (in-state),
|Massachusetts Bay Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Hospitality Management Certificate,
Associate of Science in Hospitality Management
| $5,088 (in-state),
|Massasoit Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Hospitality Management|| $4,824 (in-state),
|North Shore Community College - Danvers||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Hospitality and Tourism|| $5,184 (in-state),
|Quinsigamond Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Hospitality Management Certificate,
Associate in Science in Hospitality and Recreation Management - Hospitality Management Option
| $5,586 (in-state),
|Salem State University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Hospitality Management Concentration|| $10,642 (in-state),
|University of Massachusetts - Amherst||4-year, public; large suburb|| Online Certificate in Meeting and Event Management,
Online Certificate in Casino Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management
| $15,887 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator.