Online education programs in hospitality can be found at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree level. Undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are also available. Hospitality programs are designed to develop students' knowledge of field-specific practices as well as their leadership, sales, and customer service skills. These programs can be completed fully online or in hybrid format.
Online students will need web conferencing software and hardware. Some programs may require students to complete an internship.
Some online programs may include an internship course for practical experience. In addition, students complete distance learning courses such as:
- Legal aspects of hospitality
- Accounting for hospitality and tourism
- Marketing for hospitality
- Destination marketing
- International business management
- Food and beverage service management
- Human resource management
- Hospitality operations
- Event and tourism management
- Hospitality technology
- Hospitality administration
- Business ethics
Hospitality programs are available entirely online or in hybrid format. Students use an online learning platform to communicate with instructors and peers, access lecture notes and submit work. Many courses allow students to study at their own pace, keeping in mind deadlines for class projects.
Some courses may require students to participate in virtual conferencing, for which they would need to download specialized software such as Skype and have a web camera along with a headset with a microphone. In addition, students may need to have access to a digital camera and be able to upload pictures for lab assignments. Additionally, they will likely need word processing and spreadsheet software to complete assignments.
Overview of Schools
Columbia Southern University
Columbia Southern University is a private, not-for-profit online university offering hospitality training programs. This school has been accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council since 2001.
- Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): Undergraduate $5,175, Graduate $5,085
- School Size: 20,823 students
Hospitality and Tourism Certificate
This school offers an undergraduate certificate program that consists of hospitality courses from the bachelor's degree program. These online courses are designed around planning, decision-making techniques and analysis. A 4-course graduate certificate program is also available.
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism
The online bachelor's degree is a 121-credit program, of which 61 credits are general studies requirements. Courses prepare students for many careers in the areas of lodging, conventions, food service and management.
Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism
This MBA program is created for individuals without a hospitality background who want to work in the hospitality and tourism profession, and those who are currently in the industry who wish to stay a step ahead. The online program is 37 credits in length.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit school in St. Louis, Missouri. It enrolls more than 13,000 students and offers many online certificates and degrees, including a certificate program in hospitality management. The school is dedicated to helping students achieve their career goals online through critical thinking and management courses that are universal to all business-oriented jobs.
- Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): Undergraduate $39,226, Graduate $19,346
- School Size: 17,047 students
Hospitality Management Certificate
This online program offers several courses that cover the entire hospitality industry, including gaming, lodging, events, tourism and food service management. Online students are exposed to industry-specific topics such as administration and application of technology, event planning and service management.
Online hospitality programs are available at numerous colleges and universities, including Columbia Southern University and Saint Louis University. These undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to teach students accounting, marketing, human resource management, operations, administration and ethics.