Miami Hotel and Restaurant Management Programs
Those wishing to study hotel and restaurant management can find undergraduate and graduate programs that are a 20-minute drive or less from central Miami. Many programs are in majors like hospitality management, food service management and tourism management. Read about the degree requirements and coursework for three colleges. This article features a table of facts and figures for each school as well as information on a couple of other area college options.
- Florida International University is about 14 miles from downtown Miami and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field.
- The North Miami campus of Johnson & Wales University is located around 12 miles from the city center. Students can choose from several bachelor's degree programs related to hotel and restaurant management.
- Located less than a mile from downtown Miami, Miami Dade College, awards 2 hospitality management degrees at the associate's level.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Resort Management
- Resort, Hotel, Motel, and Spa Management
- Restaurant Mgmt
- Travel and Tourism Management
Comparison of Schools
Factors like cost, school type and campus environment are important considerations when choosing where to attend college. Use this table to compare the three profiled schools.
|Florida International University||Johnson & Wales University||Miami Dade College|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||49,610*||1,904*||66,046*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|| $6,556 in-state;
|$29,576*|| $2,834 in-state;
|% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||91%*||99%*||81%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014)||53%*||70%*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students||84% full-time*||69% full-time*||68% (2009)**|
|Graduation Rate (2008)||54%*||44%*||33%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Miami Dade College
Florida International University
This school's programs pair classroom theory with hands-on, practical experience through the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The master's degree programs are available on campus and through distance learning.
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
Aspiring managers may study full- or part-time in this 120-credit program. There are 6 management majors to choose from, including hotel/lodging and restaurant/food service. The hospitality core includes courses such as food production management, hospitality industry accounting, hospitality information technology, food/beverage cost control, hospitality industry law, human resources management, hospitality facilities management, and marketing strategies. In addition, students will complete electives and core curriculum courses required by the university. An internship is required in this program, unless an individual has well-documented extensive hospitality experience. Students may also choose from management minors, such as hotel/lodging, restaurant/foodservice, or travel/tourism.
Master of Science in Hospitality Management
Candidates for this program must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in a 4-year bachelor's degree program or submit GRE or GMAT scores for consideration. Applicants whose undergraduate work is not in hospitality management may be required to complete some preparatory courses. This 42-credit program includes courses such as globalization and competitive methods, contemporary global issues, organizational behavior in the hospitality industry, strategic management, financial management, hospitality law, restaurant development, and hospitality enterprise technologies. A thesis track is available. Students must complete 1,000 of practical work experience and 300 hours in a graduate internship for degree completion.
Master of Science in Hospitality Management - Executive Program
This 30-credit program has similar admission requirements to the program described above, as well as requiring that applicants have 5 years of hospitality management or teaching experience and currently work as a manager in the industry or as a faculty member in a secondary education program. Core requirements include hospitality asset management, strategic management for hospitality/tourism, e-Commerce, restaurant development, current issues in the lodging industry, hospitality enterprise technologies, and marketing management. In order to meet student scheduling needs, evening and online classes are available.
Johnson & Wales University
The Hospitality College was established in 1992 and now has 6 degrees programs, including 2 presented in conjunction with the College of Culinary Arts. Hospitality management students take courses in their majors during the first term, with internships geared towards the concentration study area. Each program includes the chance to study abroad.
Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
In the first 2 years of this program, students earn an Associate in Science degree in culinary arts. The remaining 2 years include required courses such as food service management systems, advanced food service operation, hospitality marketing, and a hospitality management seminar. Students also pick a culinary/hospitality concentration, along with a selection of either culinary/hospitality electives, a second concentration, study abroad, or an internship.
Bachelor of Science in Hotel/Lodging Management
Students in this 4-year program choose a concentration, such as resort management, international hospitality, entrepreneurship, casino/gaming, or food/beverage management. Major courses that explore aspects of both food and hospitality services are also completed, and an internship is required at a local hotel or lodging enterprise. To complete their studies, individuals can opt for a second concentration, hospitality electives, an additional internship, or study abroad.
Bachelor of Science in Baking/Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
The first 2 years of this program are spent earning an Associate in Science degree in baking and pastry arts. In the final 2 years, students select a culinary hospitality concentration; one option is resort management and casino and gaming operations. Students also take major courses in food service operations, marketing, and management, as well as professional courses in accounting, finance, and law as they pertain to the hospitality industry. Internships and study abroad are available.
Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Food/Beverage Management
This 193-credit program trains students in the leadership, financial, and critical thinking skills needed to manage a food services operation. Major courses cover all aspects of food and beverage service, including cuisines, spirits/mixology, operations, sanitation, safety, and purchasing; this curriculum results in industry certifications in responsible alcohol service, sanitation, and bartending. Students also choose a concentration, in which they take 3 classes. The program's internship takes place at a facility owned by the school or at a partner property.
Bachelor of Science in Travel/Tourism and Hospitality Management
This program major includes several geography courses, management training, a hospitality management seminar, and international tourism policies. A required internship includes a Familiarization Tour in which each student develops, budgets, researches, and guides a tour to an international or domestic destination. Students also take 3 courses in a chosen concentration area.
Miami Dade College
Both of the hospitality management associate's degree programs offered at this school's Wolfson campus may transfer to 4-year schools. To graduate from either of these programs, students must pass a computer competency test.
Associate in Arts in Hospitality Administration/Travel and Tourism Management
The major courses in this degree program include financial accounting, safety/sanitation, marketing, human resource management, risk management, convention services, and menu/facilities planning, in addition to management courses aimed at food/beverages and restaurants. Students also complete general education courses and complete a co-op work experience.
Associate in Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
This 60-credit program includes major courses such as managerial accounting, marketing, human relations/supervision development, food/beverage management, front office procedures, convention management, customer service, hotel promotion, and supervisory housekeeping. Practical training is provided through 2 co-op work experiences. Other requirements include English, speech, psychology, and math.
St. Thomas University is located about 15 miles north of Miami and offers bachelor's degrees in tourism and hospitality management. Broward College is also situated north in Fort Lauderdale, about 28 miles from Miami, and offers associate's degrees in culinary arts management and hospitality/tourism management.