Minnesota students interested in restaurant management careers may consider pursuing an undergraduate certificate, a diploma, an associate degree or a bachelor's degree. Studies in restaurant management may be offered as part of larger programs in business management, culinary arts or hospitality management. Some programs integrate an internship opportunity, allowing students to gain hands-on training in the field. While a college-level education isn't necessary for all restaurant managers, some employers look for job applicants who've completed postsecondary training, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overviews of five Minnesota colleges and universities with restaurant management-related programs are provided below, along with tuition information.
Hibbing Community College
This Hibbing-based community college offers a 68-credit culinary arts food service management diploma program, a 33-credit culinary arts diploma program and a 65-credit culinary arts associate's degree program. All programs provide courses in restaurant management, catering, hotel and restaurant food production, food service and nutrition, and they typically take about two years to complete. Hibbing Community College also provides career services for students enrolled in these programs, including assistance with resume writing, interview preparation and career exploration.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, this 2-year public college features a restaurant management program with the option to earn a certificate or an associate's degree. The program emphasizes management and business training, as well as culinary skills. Coursework is completed both in the classroom and in the school's state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room facilities. The curriculum includes a 160-hour internship designed to provide hands-on experience to complement traditional coursework in accounting, marketing, menu planning and restaurant management. At the conclusion of these programs, graduates are certified in ServSafe Sanitation and ServSafe Alcohol.
Normandale Community College
Bloomington's Normandale Community College has a hospitality program that can prepare students for management positions in different areas within the hospitality industry, including restaurant management. The hospitality management associate's degree program provides courses in food and beverage management, hospitality and tourism management, hotel management, meeting planning management and casino management. A hospitality internship is required for graduation. The school also offers several hospitality certificate programs in food and beverage management, tourism operations and management, hotel operations, casino management and other related areas.
Saint Paul College
This 2-year college is located in Saint Paul and has been offering career-oriented academic programs to students for over 100 years. The college currently offers associate's, certificate and diploma programs. Among these are programs in hospitality management.
The 13-credit certificate program in restaurant management prepares students for management positions in restaurants and catering companies. Students receive instruction in food service sanitation, budget planning, pricing menus, purchasing inventory and overseeing all operations in a food service environment.
Students in the hospitality management associate's degree program study the business aspects of maintaining and operating a hotel or restaurant, including marketing, accounting and management principles. The curriculum covers tourism, event management and consumer behavior, so that future restaurant managers can anticipate clients' needs and improve sales. Although the program covers general hospitality industry principles, it does so in a fashion that allows students to apply these to restaurant management.
South Central College
Established in 1946, North Mankato's South Central College offers a diploma and an associate's degree in culinary arts. The programs are intended to prepare students for various roles within the food service industry and provide a solid background in food preparation, cost control and management. Students in the 55-credit diploma program and the 69-credit associate's degree program learn about safe food preparation, commercial equipment operation, food and beverage control, quality assurance and nutrition.
In addition to technical coursework and practical experience in the school's dining facility, students in the associate's degree program are also required to complete general education courses. South Central College features an academic support center where students can access tutoring, study skills and disability services.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Restaurant Management Programs Available||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Hibbing Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Culinary Arts Diploma,
Culinary Arts Food Service and Management Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
|$5,310 in-state; $6,491 out-of-state*|
|Minneapolis Community and Technical College||2-year, public; large city|| Restaurant Management Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant Management
|Normandale Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Food & Beverage Management Certificates,
Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
|Saint Paul College||2-year, public; large city|| Restaurant Management Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
|South Central College||2-year, public; small city|| Diploma of Occupational Proficiency in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
Source: *NCES College Navigator.