Resort Management Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

When selecting a resort management school, it's important that prospective students find a curriculum and location that emphasizes the type of resort at which they'd like to work. A bachelor's degree is often required of resort managers.

Students interested in resort management programs will likely take courses in general management, resort marketing, sales management, resort business, human resources, finance, events, ticket handling and public relations. Knowing the specific type of resort a student hopes to work within will help determine what program they select.

Schools with Resort Management Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $49,116
Ohio State University 4-year, Public Columbus, OH Bachelor's $10,037 (in-state), $27,365 (out-of-state)
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,170 (in-state), $25,950 (out-of-state)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $47,750
Penn State University Park, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $17,514 (in-state), $31,346 (out-of-state)
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $7,778 (in-state), $20,978 (out-of-state)
Auburn University Auburn, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,424 (in-state), $28,040 (out-of-state)
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,558 (in-state), $27,267 (out-of-state)
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,176 (in-state), $28,768 (out-of-state)

Sources: NCES College Navigator; School websites

School Selection Criteria

Degrees that prepare students for a career in resort management are likely to vary by location. A student should keep in mind some of the following when selecting a school:

  • A school's location will impact the resort management program's area of focus. If the school is offered in a mountainous U.S. state, for example, the curriculum will likely have to do with managing a ski resort.
  • Programs should be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.
  • Some programs may offer internships and real-world work experience, which may increase a student's chance of gaining employment after completing the program.
  • The curriculum, especially elective courses, will likely vary from program to program. Students should make sure the classes they are interested in are offered by their program of choice.

Bachelor of Hospitality, Hotel, or Resort Management

Specific titles of these programs will vary, as some will more broadly focus on hospitality while others will have a hotel or resort focus. Core curriculum will likely be similar across programs, with courses in human relations, management, finances, and other general business courses. Students may have the option of selecting a specific focus, allowing them to choose resort specific electives.

There are a number of schools in the country offering hospitality and resort management degrees. The specific type of resort a student hopes to manage, whether it be a golf resort, a ski resort or a spa, will help a student narrow down the program they choose.

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