Missouri has roughly ten public or not-for-profit schools that offer hospitality management programs commonly offered at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Hospitality certificates can also be pursued. Additionally, one school offers a relevant doctoral degree program. Students in these programs can prepare for careers in hotel administration, tourism management, restaurant management and other related fields, and many programs integrate an internship component so that students can develop practical skills in real-world settings. Below is an overview of these schools and a comparison table showing each school's programs and tuition costs.
College of the Ozarks
The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree program in hotel and restaurant management that allow students to select an emphasis in hospitality management, culinary arts, professional food service management or meeting and special event management. Major courses in these programs include lodging operations, hospitality tourism, food systems, accounting and hospitality leadership. These programs also require students to complete an internship in a supervised workplace aligned with the student's career goals.
Harris-Stowe State University
The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis requires students to complete 120 credit hours in general education, business administration and hospitality. The business administration core prepares students for a management position with courses in financial accounting, business finance, marketing, business statistics and economics. Major courses include hospitality and tourism marketing, hospitality facilities operations management and international hospitality. A field internship is required.
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Based in Kansas City, Metropolitan Community College (MCC) offers a 64-credit associate's program in hotel and lodging management. This program is offered in cooperation with Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas. Students take general education courses at MCC, and core classes are completed at JCCC. The cooperative agreement between these schools allows Missouri students to pay Missouri-resident tuition rates while earning this degree through JCCC. A cooperative associate's program in food and beverage management is also available.
Missouri State University - Springfield
The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration at Missouri State University in Springfield requires students to complete 125 semester hours in general education and major courses. The curriculum covers hospitality leadership, lodging management, food preparation, hospitality marketing and revenue management. Students must also complete an internship.
Saint Louis Community College
This school offers an associate's degree in hotel and restaurant management at its Forest Park campus in Saint Louis. In addition to general education requirements, students gain skills in cost control, basic food preparation and human resources management. Three workplace learning experiences are part of the curriculum as well.
Saint Louis University - Main Campus
Saint Louis University's main campus in Saint Louis offers a hospitality management program in both on-campus and online formats. The program consists of 21 credit hours of coursework, and applicants must be 22 years or older with at least three years of work experience. Program completion results in either a certificate or a bachelor's degree minor.
Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program. The major requires 46 semester hours of core courses in hospitality management, meeting and event management, hotel and resort operations, hospitality sales and marketing. The program also requires students to complete general education courses and a hospitality management internship.
Three Rivers Community College
Students may pursue a short-term certificate in hospitality and tourism at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. The 18-credit program includes courses in hospitality and tourism, business mathematics, marketing, human resource management and retail merchandising.
University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg offers a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management for students planning a career in the hospitality industry. The program requires students to complete 120 credit hours of coursework on topics like financial accounting, hospitality management case analysis, lodging management, food preparation and food systems management. The program includes a three-credit-hour internship that students must complete after the first or second year.
University of Missouri - Columbia
Located in Columbia, University of Missouri offers a bachelor's program in hospitality management with four possible emphases: conference and events, food and beverage, lodging or sport venue management. Regardless of emphasis, all students take core business classes in accounting, marketing and organizational leadership. An internship and a professional development seminar are required as well.
This school also offers research based master's and doctoral programs in food and hospitality system. These programs can be tailored to a student's chosen career path; possible tracks include consumer behavior, destination marketing and management, service management and organizational behavior, among others.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Hospitality Management Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|College of the Ozarks||Four-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management: Hospitality Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management: Hospitality Management
|Harris-Stowe State University||Four-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management||$5,388 in-state, $10,020 out-of-state*|
|Metropolitan Community College||Two-year, public; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Lodging Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Food and Beverage Management
|$3,120 in-district, $5,520 in-state, $7,140 out-of-state*|
|Missouri State University - Springfield||Four-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration||$7,376 in-state, $15,326 out-of-state*|
|Saint Louis Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Studies: Hotel and Restaurant Management||$3,315 in-district, $4,725 in-state, $6,465 out-of-state*|
|Saint Louis University - Main Campus||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Minor in Hospitality Management,
Hospitality Management Certificate
|Southeast Missouri State University||Four-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management||$7,418 in-state, $13,155 out-of-state*|
|Three Rivers Community College||Two-year, public; remote town||Hospitality and Tourism Certificate||$3,960 in-district, $5,400 in-state, $6,540 out-of-state*|
|University of Central Missouri||Four-year, public; rural fringe||Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration||$7,673 in-state, $14,442 out-of-state*|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management,
Master of Science in Food and Hospitality System,
Doctor of Philosophy in Food and Hospitality System
| $9,972 in-state, $27,042 out-of-state (undergraduate);
$10,017 in-state, $25,351 out-of-state (graduate)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.