Chicago-Area Schools with Restaurant Management Training Programs
There are several schools in the Chicago area that offer training in restaurant management through certificate and degree programs. This article looks at 2 schools, 1 very close to the heart of the city and the other about a half-hour away, and at the programs they offer at several levels. There is also a table of information about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and the graduation rate. Following the program summaries is a brief paragraph about 3 additional area schools that offer relevant programs.
- Moraine Valley Community College offers a certificate and an associate's degree in restaurant/hotel management. This community college is about 22 miles from Chicago.
- Roosevelt University is about a half-mile from downtown Chicago. It offers a bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management and another in professional studies in hospitality and tourism management, both with concentrations in restaurant/food service management. Roosevelt also offers a master's degree in hospitality and tourism management.
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Comparison of Schools
There are many factors to consider when deciding on a college. Prospective students can easily compare these two institutions by referring to the following table.
|Moraine Valley Community College||Roosevelt University|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||14,620||4,457|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*||$4,266 in-district; $9,426 in-state; $10,956 out-of-state||$28,963|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||56%||99%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - Open admissions||70%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||69% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students||64% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate*||27% (24% transfer-out rate) students who began in 2014||40% (43% transfer-out rate) students who began in 2011|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Moraine Valley Community College
Programs at this school combine hands-on experience with classroom theory. Moraine Valley Community College enrolls more than 14,000 students each year.
Certificate in Restaurant/Hotel Management
Students complete 36 credits and may attend this program either full- or part-time. Major courses include sanitation, quantity food production, menu writing/marketing, beverage management and equipment purchasing. In addition, students complete courses in composition, mathematics, front-of-house management and hospitality supervision.
Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant/Hotel Management
The 62 credits required in this program may be completed through full- or part-time attendance. Students complete many of the same major courses as required in the certificate program, in addition to hospitality cost control, business math, a Microsoft Office course, electives in social/behavioral sciences, physical/life sciences electives, economics and humanities/fine arts electives. Future managers organize a hospitality portfolio in this program and may choose to complete an internship as an elective.
Students in this school's programs gain experience through partnerships with metropolitan Chicago restaurants and hotels. The hospitality faculty is comprised of 4 full-time members in addition to adjunct instructors.
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
This hospitality program requires 120 credits in a combination of general education courses, hospitality management courses and electives. Required courses include accounting, office management, food/beverage management, law, hospitality methods/research, organizational development, marketing and a senior project. Overall, there are 5 concentrations for the bachelor's degree: lodging management, event management, food and beverage management, sports hospitality and tourism administration.
Master of Science in Hospitality/Tourism Management
Degree completion requires a minimum 30 hours of graduate courses, including at least 1 graduate seminar, upper-level electives and a master's project or graduate thesis. Core courses include issues/trends in hospitality/tourism management, applied research methods, management theories, operation analysis and organizational development. Aspiring restaurant managers may benefit from choosing the food and beverage graduate seminar. This program can be taken part-time or full-time. There is also a fast-track online option.
Other School Options
College of DuPage, Harper College and Triton College are all 2-year, public schools located within 14-30 miles of downtown Chicago. They each offer a certificate and an associate's degree in this field.