Restaurant management programs prepare students for supervisory positions in the food service industry. Programs in Maine related to restaurant management lead to the award of a certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or dual bachelor's/master's degree. Some degree programs require the completion of a certificate program prior to admission. The curriculum for the bachelor's and dual degree programs depend greatly on a student's concentration. An internship opportunity may be included in some programs.
Of the more than 40 institutions of higher learning in Maine, only Eastern Maine Community College, Husson University and Southern Maine Community College offer courses in this field.
Eastern Maine Community College
Bangor's Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) is a 2-year school with a student population of 2,250. EMCC offers certificate and degree programs in 30 areas of study, including an associate's degree program in restaurant management. Those pursuing this associate's degree must first earn EMCC's Certificate in Culinary Arts (Food Service Specialist) through a 1-year program that covers sanitation, food management and culinary skills. In the associate's degree program, prospective restaurant managers take courses in accounting, business law and marketing. They also study sales, customer service, marketing and leadership principles. EMCC has an articulation agreement that allows graduates to move on to a bachelor's degree program at schools such as the University of Maine.
Also located in Bangor, Husson University has a student body of about 3,100. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 18 academic disciplines, including hospitality management. Although hospitality management isn't strictly restaurant management, Husson's bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management provides training to prospective restaurant managers. Undergraduates take classes in hospitality leadership, food and beverage cost control, facilities design and event planning. They also engage in business classes that discuss financial management, marketing, business law and accounting.
The dual B.S./MBA program addresses business ethics, food and beverage operations, sales strategies, event planning and management techniques. Prior to graduation, students must complete an internship. Graduates qualify for a range of careers in the hospitality industry, including working at restaurants, casinos and hotels and on cruise ships.
Southern Maine Community College
South Portland's Southern Maine Community College has an associate's degree program in hospitality management that features a variety of courses of interest for future restaurant managers. The program includes an introduction to hospitality and tourism and moves on to topics such as managerial accounting, sanitation, marketing, events management and human resource management. In the food service management course, students learn to plan menus, layout equipment and design spaces. The hospitality internship allows students to rotate in the various hotel departments, including event management and catering.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Restaurant Management Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Maine Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant and Food Service Management
| $3,779 (in-state)*
|Husson University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management/MBA with a concentration in hospitality and tourism management
|Southern Maine Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management|| $3,770 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator