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Earning a hospitality management degree positions graduates for hospitality jobs in areas like lodging management, operations management, and restaurant management.

Successful hospitality professionals enjoy helping others and bring an upbeat attitude to their job. In addition to strong customer service skills, hospitality management requires organizational and business training. A hospitality degree blends classroom learning with experiential training. Learners take courses on topics like hotel and restaurant management, tourism management, and hospitality budgeting. These courses help build the knowledge and skills required for leadership roles in the hospitality industry.

This guide ranks the best hospitality schools and includes information on different types of hospitality degrees and potential careers and salaries for graduates.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Blacksburg, VA

About this school

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management is a tier–one recruiting school for many major hospitality corporations in the United States including Hilton, Marriott, Darden, Sodexo, Hyatt and many others. The hospitality program emphasizes the business aspects of hospitality and tourism. The Pamplin College of Business, an AACSB International accredited business school, houses the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The school provides an internationally recognized Ph.D program.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business degree with a concentration in Hospitality Management
  • Master of Science in Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree
  • MBA with a focus in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • HTM Business Analytics and Revenue Management graduate certificate
  • International Hospitality and Tourism Strategy graduate certificate
  • Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism Management graduate certificate
  • Ph.D. in Business with a Hospitality and Tourism Management concentration

Department of Hospitality and Tourism highlights:

  • The Destinations HTM Career Event provides opportunities for students to talk with recruiters from the hospitality industry.
  • Hospitality industry representatives interview students for permanent placement and internships during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Major recruiters include Marriott, Wald Disney World, Aramark, Club Corporation of America, Choice Hotels, Hyatt, Hilton, B.F. Saul Hotel Division, Crestline Hotels and Resorts, Panera Bread Company, and Great American Restaurants.
  • Hospitality Management online courses require 400 hours of supervised industry experience and management training and 300 hours of verified hospitality and tourism management professional experience, post high school.
  • Students gain valuable experience working at the Inn at Virginia Tech and the Hotel Roanoke.
  • Students have study abroad opportunities such as Winter Session in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and a summer experience in Europe.
  • Students have opportunities to interact and create mentorships with members of the advisory board which includes industry executives from throughout the world.
  • Students can take a double major with other Pamplin College of Business degrees and a double major with real estate.
  • The faculty has received numerous research awards and have received recognition as global leaders in the publication of refereed research. Faculty members have served on the board of directors of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education and the Meeting Planners International Travel and Tourism Research Association.
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University of Central Florida 

Orlando, FL

About this school

The Rosen College of Hospitality Management, located in Orlando, Florida, one of the world’s major tourist destinations, provides students with a variety of opportunities to learn and work in a major market. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management attracts students from all over the world. The Mediterranean resort–style campus is one of the largest facilities constructed for hospitality management education.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Event Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Restaurant & Foodservice Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management degree
  • Ph.D in Hospitality Management

Students majoring in hospitality management can select one of these tracks: Golf& Club Management, Lodging Management, Theme Park & Attraction Management or Professional Tennis Management.

Rosen College of Hospitality Management highlights:

  • Students work in more than 800 companies in domestic and international internship opportunities.
  • Students take an internship for three semesters, with a minimum of 750 hours.
  • The college hosts two hospitality specific career fairs every year.
  • Industry partnerships provide internships, memberships, guest speakers and networking opportunities.
  • The college provides students the opportunity to study overseas during the spring semester through hospitality exchange programs with partner institutions including Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Innsbruck, Austria, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China, University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K., Guildford, U.K., MODUL University Vienna, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, U.K., and Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda, Netherlands.
  • Hospitality Management courses online feature a classroom component along with travel to Europe during the summer semester.
  • Some of the industry’s highly ranked seminars, tradeshows and conventions are held within walking distance of the campus.
  • The hospitality program features a training dining room and bar, a beer and wine laboratory, and two test kitchens.
  • The college provides various professional development programs for industry executives and managers.
  • The faculty includes internationally recognized experts. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management has a prominent research program.
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Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus 

Teaneck, NJ

About this school

The Farleigh Dickinson University hospitality program, established in 1942, is the oldest hospitality program in the New York metropolitan area and one of the oldest hospitality programs in the United States. The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has attracted students from more than 30 countries. Its alumni hold many notable domestic and international management positions in the hospitality industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Hospitality students have opportunities to gain valuable work experience in New York City and Atlantic City, one of the world’s largest hospitality markets. The Florham Campus houses the national headquarters of the world’s oldest and most prestigious culinary society, the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management/Master of Science in Hospitality Management program
  • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies with a specialization in Hospitality Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management Studies degree
  • Master of Science in Service Innovation and Leadership degree

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management highlights:

  • The university and the hospitality department schedule and participate in numerous career fairs held on–campus and off–site in the NYC Metro area, New Jersey and the Vancouver Campus.
  • More than 700 internship opportunities and career track positions available annually; students intern at international locations including Europe and Asia.
  • Students gain 1200 hours of internship time over three summers with hotel, event management, non–profits, tour & travel, casino, and restaurant companies.
  • Students have opportunities for hands–on training at affiliated hotel/restaurant/conference center properties such as Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center (a partner of the school, located adjacent to the Florham campus), the prestigious Park Avenue Club and at many clubs, restaurants and hotels situated in the New York City and Atlantic City areas.
  • Students have access to overseas study opportunities in specific educational programs in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Students can study the international hospitality industry via a senior–year seminar in Switzerland or Italy.
  • The school provides multiple monthly guest speakers including hospitality professionals and leaders in the industry.
  • Students receive mentoring from department advisors and the university career services offices.
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Pennsylvania State University-World Campus 

University Park, PA

About this school

The reputable Penn State School of Hospitality Management is one of the oldest in the United States. Students take business classes at the high quality Penn State Smeal College of Business, an AACSB International accredited business school. Local and national news media reference the School of Hospitality Management faculty and staff members. The School hosts the Conti Professorship program; Conti Professors are recognized leaders in the hospitality industry who visit the school and interact with faculty members and students and provide guest lectures in hospitality management. The ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports, produce a series of peer–reviewed research reports targeted to industry practitioners and policymakers. The reports translate academic research finding s into practical applications.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree (mainly designed for students for beginning academic positions at universities or for a career in industry research)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Management

School of Hospitality Management highlights:

  • Every year more than 70 companies visit the School of Hospitality Management.
  • The school provides customized company recruiting visits throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society helps support student travel throughout the United States to hospitality conferences and events where they network and learn with alumni and industry partners.
  • SHM provides study abroad opportunities such as month–long, semester–long and embedded programs in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Hong Kong, and Australia.
  • Students must complete 1,000 hours of professional hospitality work experience (inclusive of internships and employment) in several aspects of the field including accounting and finance, revenue management and data analytics, real estate and asset management, casino management, sales, marketing and social media, human resources, meeting and event management, hospitality in senior living, country club management, onsite foodservice, hotel operations and restaurant operations.
  • Cafe Laura provides students the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the dining experience.
  • The Nittany Lion Inn a Four Diamond hotel and a National Trust Historic Hotels of America, along with the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, and the University’s Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life, serve as teaching settings for students and provide internships, mentoring and employment opportunities.
  • The school provides hospitality management students a wide variety of networking opportunities which may include: NSMH regional and networking conferences, New York Hotel Show, Alumni in the Classroom event, Benefield weekend, National Restaurant Association Show, PSHRS Board meetings, Company Information Sessions, Conti professorships, and the Technology Advisory Board.
  • The valuable Alumni Mentor Program matches alumni mentors with students.
  • The School of Hospitality Management’s hospitality centers perform research and provide training programs including the Food Decisions Research Laboratory, Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy, Hospitality Leadership Institute, Center for Food Innovation, and the Gaming Teaching and Research Lab under construction. The School of Hospitality Management faculty includes notable researchers.
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Washington State University 

Pullman, WA

About this school

The School of Hospitality Management, one of the oldest programs in the United States, is an operationally focused hospitality program with elective offerings in tourism and culinary and in other areas. The multi–campus WSU system delivers the hospitality program, including Vancouver, Tri–Cities, Global Campus (online), North Puget Sound, Everett, and Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland. The Carson College of Business, an AACSB International accredited business school, houses the School of Hospitality Management.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management degree
  • Wine Business Management major
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism

School of Hospitality Business Management highlights:

  • Companies recruit during the online hospitality career fair in the fall and during the on–campus hospitality career fair in the spring which typically attracts 40 to 50 hospitality companies.
  • Companies individually visit the campus each semester to host a Career Preview.
  • Students gain experience at the two student–operated businesses, the Atrium Café and a banquets/catering operation.
  • Students obtain experience in the Marriott Foundation Hospitality Teaching Center.
  • Graduation requirements include 1,000 hours of paid industry experience.
  • Many WSU students have studied or obtained their WSU degree through Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland. The Brig campus of Cesar Ritz Colleges hosts the Carson College Switzerland International Center.
  • The faculty–led study abroad programs go to South Korea, Italy, Thailand and other parts of the world.
  • The School of Hospitality Business Management has world–class researchers.
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University of Houston 

Houston, TX

About this school

Hotel icon Conrad N. Hilton founded Hilton College in 1969. Hilton College, a prominent hospitality school, has received recognition from leading journals. The Hilton University of Houston, one of more than 530 Hilton Hotels worldwide, serves as the primary teaching facility for the College. Built in 1975, the full–service, 86–room hotel with 25,000 square feet of flexible banquet space and a full–service restaurant underwent a $12.5 million renovation in April, 2010. The hotel also houses numerous classrooms, three computer labs, a student–run restaurant and coffee shop, a library and hospitality archives, and several food science labs – including a food safety lab and a beverage and product evaluation lab.

Approximately 80 percent of the College’s hotel employees are students. The hotel is consistently ranked in the top five percent of guest satisfaction scores among all Hilton–branded hotels, worldwide.

The University of Houston, located in one of the largest cities in the United States, provides hospitality students a wide variety of internship and job opportunities. The college emphasizes experimental, real–world learning opportunities.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Joint MS/MBA, the three–year joint master’s program allows students to earn an MS and an MBA (with UH’s Bauer College of Business) concurrently
  • Dual BS/MS, the 4+1 degree allows students to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degrees in just five years
  • Master of Science in Global Hospitality Business degree, in partnership with the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Executive Master of Hospitality Management (online)
  • Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration

The college provides the following concentrations: Lodging Management, Restaurant Management, Event Management, Catering Management, Country Club Management, Sales & Marketing Management, Beverage Management, and Spa Management.

Conrad N. Hilton College highlights:

  • The Hilton College Career Fair, held every fall and spring, attracts recruiters from some of the major hospitality companies in the world.
  • The college offers a variety of study–abroad programs; the college has partnerships with universities in France, Peru, Australia, Hong Kong, and Mexico; the sessions range from two weeks to a full semester.
  • The college provides internships in a variety of hospitality sectors in the United States and abroad including international internships at major resorts and hotels in Europe, Africa, Asia and more.
  • Students must complete 600 hours of hospitality–related work experience; although not required, most students also complete at least 600 hours of volunteer work; students gain many of the volunteer hours through student operated events such as the Hospitality Industry Hall Honor, the annual Gourmet Night and the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.
  • Students can participate in the Semester at Sea program.
  • Students gain experience in hotel operations, guest service and banquet and restaurant service at the on–campus, upscale Hilton University of Houston and at the state–of–the–art wine–tasting lab, Barron’s Restaurant, a student–operated restaurant, and Cougar Grounds, a student–managed coffee shop.
  • Faculty includes internationally recognized researchers.
  • The college has strong ties to industry, housing the headquarters of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Information Center, the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) Research Office, and the Wine & Spirits Management Institute.
  • The Massad Family Library Research Center and the adjoining Hospitality Industry Archives, provide the largest repository of the hospitality industry in the world.
  • The college houses the Hospitality Industry Hall Honor, created in 1995, it recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of some of the industry’s most iconic leaders and brands.
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Iowa State University 

Ames, IA

About this school

Iowa State University provides an internationally recognized hospitality management undergraduate program. Iowa State University received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor in Hospitality Management degree
  • Master of Hospitality Management degree
  • Doctor of Philosophy Hospitality Management

College of Human Sciences, Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management highlights:

  • Hospitality students have opportunities to attend Iowa State University hosted career fairs.
  • The college provides study abroad programs in numerous countries.
  • Students complete work experience with a group affiliated with Iowa State University, such as ISU dining or one of the hospitality units.
  • Hospitality Management online courses include internship opportunities with hotels, independent businesses, caterers, country clubs and more. Companies providing internships include Nassau Country Club, Aspen Meadows Resort, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Walt Disney World, Hyatt, Knollwood Club, Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Marriott International, Glen Oaks Country Club, Hilton Garden Inn of Ames, Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, Southern Hills Country Club, and Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Students gain experience at the Joab Bice Underwood Tearoom.
  • Trips and tours provide students an inside view of hotels, resorts, restaurants, theme parks, wineries, clubs, and tourism operations.
  • Industry leaders share their experiences as guests in classes.
  • The hospitality management program has a productive research faculty.
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Purdue University 

West Lafayette, IN

About this school

The School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, has received recognition for its undergraduate program and as a leading graduate education and research program in the United States. The School of Hospitality & Tourism Management provides skills for corporate management careers. Purdue University, West Lafayette has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Management (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree
  • Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management

College of Health and Human Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism Management Unit highlights:

  • The HTM Career Day held each fall typically has 50 to 60 companies participating in activities.
  • All undergraduate students must complete two paid internships in their Hospitality Management courses online.
  • The school provides internship abroad programs.
  • Students have the opportunity to complete a six month internship at a Shangri–La Hotel in China.
  • Students receive training in the school’s two restaurants.
  • HTM provides exchange programs with universities in numerous countries such as France, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Macao, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and Sweden.
  • Study abroad programs, designed differently from exchange programs, have HTM faculty members teaching the programs.
  • A leading provider of hospitality and tourism research to communities, corporations and organizations worldwide with research performed at the Avery Foodservice Research Laboratory, Center for the Study of Lodging Operations, and the Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center.
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Northern Arizona University 

Flagstaff, AZ

About this school

Flagstaff, Arizona, an internationally known tourist destination, provides HRM students numerous hospitality type employment opportunities. Northern Arizona University has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). The W.A. Franke College of Business, an AACSB International accredited business school, houses the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management.

The online Hospitality Management degree program requires students complete two semesters of modern language and the B.S. in International Hospitality degree requires students complete four semesters of a modern language.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality degree

School of Hotel & Restaurant Management highlights:

  • The school hosts the SHRM Hospitality Career Fair.
  • The school provides Academic/Career mentoring.
  • Students gain experience through internships at companies such as Four Seasons Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Darden Restaurants, Walt Disney College Program, Sodexo, Forest Highlands Country Club, Aramark, Enchantment Resort and more.
  • SHRM fellowship program, a School of Hotel and Restaurant Management partnership with hospitality employers, provides students a paid opportunity with the goal of providing employers the opportunity to prepare participants for a supervisory/management full–time position and to provide graduates the opportunity to acquire a full–time job.
  • Students participating in the Summer Study in Europe program can obtain college credit while living and traveling in Europe.
  • Students can study at NAU Partner Schools in Switzerland and the Netherlands.
  • More than 75 percent of the faculty have doctoral degrees.
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University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Amherst, MA

About this school

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, established in 1938, is the oldest program in New England. The notable Isenberg School of Management, an AACSB International accredited business school, houses the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The school helps support the department’s solid business foundation. University of Massachusetts at Amherst has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • On–Campus Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management degree
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management degree
  • Ph.D. in Hotel and Tourism Management degree

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management highlights:

  • The HTM Career Day typically has about 80 companies.
  • The HTM Career Day and the Chase Career Center provide students with internship opportunities.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 400 hours of work experience in the field.
  • Students can participate in an exchange program with Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.
  • Students have the opportunity to study at the Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland, with an option of having a position in the lodging or foodservice industry in Switzerland or another European country.
  • Marriott Meals core course provides students the opportunity to manage with a team of student employees at the Marriot dining facility, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott.
  • Students have online mentoring opportunities with alums.
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Temple University 

Philadelphia, PA

About this school

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, located in Philadelphia, one of the largest cities in the United States, has excellent industry connections. The school has an affiliation with the Fox School of Business, an AACSB International accredited school.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management degree
  • Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree
  • Executive Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Asset Management degree
  • Ph.D in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport

The Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management degree includes these concentrations: Hospitality Operations, Destination Management Concentration, and Event Leadership Concentration.

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management highlights:

  • The school hosts corporate recruiting every semester; major hospitality related companies visit the campus to recruit students for internships and management training programs.
  • Companies often recruiting students include Aramark, Wyndham Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Madison Square Garden, and Marriott International.
  • Every fall the school hosts the STHM Career Fair which attracts up to 100 employers.
  • Every spring the school invites about 50 organizations to the STHM Networking Seminar which includes short meetings between employers and students.
  • Undergraduate students must complete 1000 hours of learning experience via two internships (750 hours combined) and 250 hours of volunteer work in their Hospitality Management online courses.
  • Undergraduate students have internships with major hotels and resorts, restaurant groups, casinos, destination marketing organizations, event planning organizations and tourism attractions throughout the world.
  • Graduate students must complete a 180 hour internship.
  • The school offers students exchanges programs with universities such as University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain, University of Applied Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South, Korea, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong PRC, Leed’s Beckett University, Leeds, UK, Modul University, Vienna, Austria, and Shenzhen Tourism College of Jinan University, Shenzhen, PRC.
  • The STHM Executive–in–Residence program invites up to four executives to campus for a day; they meet with small groups of students and make a presentation.
  • Faculty recognized for research contributions.
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Oklahoma State University 

Stillwater, OK

About this school

The School of Hotel & Restaurant Administration has provided a notable program for decades. The school is known for its research and experimental learning. The school features the Atherton Hotel, a Georgian–style gem. Oklahoma State University is one of a very small number of schools providing a hotel laboratory on campus.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Administration degree
  • Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Hospitality Administration

School of Hotel & Restaurant Administration highlights:

  • Hospitality Days, an annual career fair, typically attracts more than 40 hospitality companies.
  • The school through its relationships with more than 100 industry partners/companies and thousands of active alumni provides students job placement opportunities.
  • Students have opportunities to gain international hospitality learning experience in Europe and Asia through international internship programs.
  • Students complete 800 hours of hands–on work experience including a domestic or international internship.
  • Students complete internships in a variety of settings such as country clubs, lodging, revenue management, restaurants, entertainment venues, culinary, gaming, governmental, educational, food brokering, cruise lines, nonprofit, beverage distribution and event planning within their Hospitality Management courses online.
  • Students gain experience at two restaurants the school operates, also at experimental learning labs at area hotels and at the Atherton Hotel at OSU.
  • The board of advisors, alumni and faculty members provide mentoring.
  • Students gain leadership experience through student–led signature events.
  • The school has a notable research program.
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University of Delaware 

Newark, DE

About this school

Due to its location, students have excellent work opportunities in Delaware, the Maryland metropolitan area, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics received accreditation from AACSB International. All Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and Hospitality Industry Management majors must take Lerner’s core business courses.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Industry Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Business Management degree
  • MBA 4+1 HRIM program

Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management highlights:

  • Through the Blue Hen Alumni Network along with events such as Hospitality Career Fair and the Paul Wise Executive in Residence Speaker Series, managers and industry alumni visit the campus to meet and hire students.
  • Some of the companies which hired HRIM majors include Aramark, Darden Restaurants, Marriott International, Disney, Waldorf Astoria New York, Four Seasons, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Panera Bread, and Great American Restaurants.
  • Students must complete 700 hours of paid hospitality work experience and 100 hours of community service.
  • Students have a variety of internship opportunities.
  • All Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students complete practicums in the student–operated Vita Nova, a gourmet restaurant, and at the on–site Courtyard Marriott Hotel.
  • Most students participate in UD’s study abroad programs, spending a spring or fall semester in Switzerland or Italy or a winter semester in locations such as Barbados, Australia, England and South Africa.
  • The Learner College schedules industry–leading guest speakers on campus as well as provides visits to hotels, restaurants and other types of hospitality–focused businesses in metropolitan areas such as New York City.
  • Students have mentorship opportunities via a variety of programs such as the Lerner to Leader honors program and the Alumni Back in the Classroom event
  • Faculty members have received recognition for research nationally and internationally.
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New York University 

New York City, NY

About this school

Located in New York City, a major international travel and business area, the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism provides hospitality students with a variety of experimental learning opportunities. The NYU Annual International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, one of the leading hospitality industry conferences in the world, typically attracts more than 2,000 attendees.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor in Hotel and Tourism Management degree
  • Master in Hospitality Industry Studies degree
  • Master of Science in Tourism Management degree
  • Graduate Certificate in Hospitality Industry Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management
  • Professional Diploma in Hotel Operations
  • Professional Diploma in Meeting and Convention Management
  • Professional Diploma in Hospitality and Travel Services
  • Career advancement courses

The online Hospitality Management degree include these specializations: Event Management, Hotel Development, Marketing and Revenue Management, Organizations and Operations, and Tourism Development.

Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism highlights:

  • An international list of hospitality and tourism organizations participate in on–campus recruiting, information sessions, panel discussions, classroom visits and mock interviews.
  • The school provides the Real Estate, Hospitality and Tourism Career Fair.
  • The Tisch Center routinely collaborates with the Wasserman Career Center director to arrange on–campus recruitment, panels, shadow days, career fairs and other opportunities for students to interface with industry. Students meet hiring managers from leading hospitality and tourism organizations.
  • Undergraduate students must complete 600 internship hours; students can select any variation of 150 or 300 hour internships; students can complete internships anywhere in the world; past internships have included Marriott, Loews Hotels, Waldorf–Astoria, Starwood, Denihan Hospitality, Highgate, Expedia, Singapore Tourism Board and many others.
  • The school encourages students to study abroad including at one of NYU’s global sites. Students have opportunities to take courses throughout the world. The study away programs introduce students to cultural, international and business contexts.
  • Students can study abroad with the Tisch Center during the summer with one week courses which include site visits, tours and guest speakers.
  • The Tisch Center Alumni Society Membership program pairs students with accomplished hospitality and tourism alumni; throughout the year students and mentors bond through networking events, workplace shadowing, and informal exchanges. The Alumni Society provides career advice, contacts and opportunities to advance.
  • Besides large–scale professional conferences, the Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism hosts the Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecture Series in hospitality management and the Ricelle “Bunny” Grossinger Distinguished Lecturer Series in Tourism Management which feature leading industry panelists.
  • The school hosts Fireside Chats two to three times a semester, which provide students the opportunity to connect with industry speakers.
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Drexel University 

Philadelphia, PA

About this school

Located in Philadelphia, the school has direct access to prominent sports teams and organizations, restaurants, hotels, casinos as well as food companies. Every hospitality students receive a business minor from the LeBow College of Business in one of these subjects: Business administration, marketing or Entrepreneurship. Lebow College of Business has received accreditation from AACSB International.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Online Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree

The BS/MBA accelerated degree program includes an option of a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts & Science and an option for a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

The Hospitality Management online degree provides specializations in Food and Beverage Management, Gaming and Resort Management, Travel and Tourism, Meeting and Event Planning, and Hotel Administration.

Center for Hospitality & Sport Management highlights:

  • The five year Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree includes 18 months of co–op opportunities which student can complete locally, nationally or internationally.
  • All Drexel University students have opportunities to study abroad in countries throughout the world; hospitality management students also have an opportunity to take major–specific courses in Rome, Italy.
  • Some of the employers offering co–op positions include Aramark Corporation, Hilton Hotels, Four Seasons Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Walt Disney World, Garces Restaurant Group, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Sofitel Hotel.
  • Faculty members help students network and navigate potential career paths and obtain co–op placement which help meet their career goals.
  • Every year the Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management hosts the Philly Chef Conference, which attracts a large number of notable chefs, restauranteurs, hospitality professionals, beverage experts and others; students have free access to event planning opportunities associated with the event.
  • Students gain experience working at the Academic Bistro.
  • Students interested in casino operations and management learn at the Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab.
  • The school hosts the Center for the Study of Wine and Food.
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California State Polytechnic University-Pamona 

Pomona, CA

About this school

The Collins College of Hospitality Management is the oldest and largest hospitality management program in California. The college uses a collaborative learn–by–doing approach to education. California State Polytechnic University at Pomona has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • MBA with a Hospitality Management emphasis

Online Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management students choose an emphasis in Restaurant Management, Hotel/Resort Management, and/or Club Management.

Collins College of Hospitality Management highlights:

  • The annual Hospitality Career Expo has more than 80 hospitality firms recruiting students.
  • Students attend the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence in the early summer.
  • Students can participate in the summer–fall cohort of the Disney College Program, which includes a fall course which allows students to obtain credit as a full–time student while earning a paycheck through working in front–line positions at a Disneyland Resort.
  • The college provides summer study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica.
  • The college requires students complete 800 hours of work experience in hospitality–related employment within their Hospitality Management online courses.
  • Students gain experience working at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • The mentor program connects students with industry executives.
  • Students in the Collins Ambassador Program are involved in recruitment, outreach, and public relations activities for the college.
  • The Richard Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series features industry professionals who spend a few days teaching, lecturing and interacting with students and faculty members.
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University of Denver-University College 

Denver, CO

About this school

The Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management is one of a small number of hospitality schools in the world housed within a business college, the Daniels School of Business, an AACSB International accredited business school. The School of Hospitality Management has received recognition for providing a solid business education.

Hospitality program:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hospitality Management degree

The hospitality management degree includes these concentrations: Lodging/Resort Operations, Restaurant/F&B Management, and Hospitality Sales & Marketing.

Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management highlights:

  • Every year more than 40 companies recruit at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management.
  • Each student must complete 1,000 field experience hours (including a management internship) and at least one quarter studying abroad and demonstrate proficiency in a second language.
  • Students have experimental learning opportunities in the hands–on laboratory, production kitchen ballroom and two student–operated coffee shops located on the campus.
  • Hospitality students have a variety of work opportunities at Colorado’s numerous resorts, world–class hotels and diverse restaurants. Students also have work opportunities at other locations in the United States.
  • Every full–time faculty member teaching Hospitality Management courses online has a Ph.D and industry experience.
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Florida International University 

Miami, FL

About this school

The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management attracts students from throughout the world. The school operates a dual degree program in conjunction with Tianjin University of Commerce in Tianjin, China. Students can gain international experience in China. Hospitality student have opportunities to gain work experience in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, two major tourist destinations. Florida International University has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Combined B.S. & M.S. (4+1) program, a combined Master of Science in Hospitality degree and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality degree
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Joint Master of Science: International Real Estate and Hospitality Management
  • Executive Master of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration: Specialization in Hospitality Management

Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management highlights:

  • Hospitality Career Week provides activities, events and networking opportunities for hospitality students.
  • Undergraduate hospitality students must complete 1,000 hours of industry related work and an additional 300 hours and 10 weeks minimum to fulfill the Advanced Internship course; students can apply a maximum of 500 hours of prior work experience to meet the requirement.
  • The internship program utilizes hotels, resorts, clubs, restaurants, cruise lines, convention bureaus, and travel companies as practice labs for hospitality students.
  • Students can study abroad in practically any of the growing and major markets throughout the world.
  • The BDIA Spices Food Production Laboratory, an advanced prep facility, provides students hands–on management experiences at dining events the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management hosts; students learn about culinary management techniques at the Culinary Demonstration Laboratory. Students gain experience at operating a restaurant at the Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory, a fully–operational restaurant.
  • The Professional Development & Workshops, provided every semester, include representatives from organizations in the hospitality industry who share knowledge and experience and provide advice at the school; organizations attending the events include Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton Miami Airport, SLS South Beach, Hilton Cabana Miami Beach, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Breakers, Hilton Fort Lauderdale, and Marriott International.
  • The Hospitality Career Leadership Series provides senior–level industry leaders who discuss important subjects in the field of hospitality and tourism management.
  • The Behind the Scene Tours provide students access to some of Miami’s leading hospitality venues; student meet with management executives and human resource directors.
  • The Executive in Hospitality Mentoring Program connects students with leading executives for one–on–one mentoring.
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Georgia State University 

Atlanta, GA

About this school

Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality is the oldest and largest of its kind in the state of Georgia. The school received its name in honor of the founder of the Days Inn Hotel Company. Georgia State University with its location in Atlanta, provides hospitality students with numerous opportunities to gain experience at major attractions, event venues, hotels and more.

The J. Mack Robinson College of Business has received accreditation from AACSB International. Georgia State University has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Administration degree
  • Regynald G. Washington Master of Global Hospitality Management degree
  • Certificate in Hospitality Administration

Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality highlights:

  • The Robinson College of Business provides two career expos every year with special sections for hospitality companies.
  • The school provides national and international internship opportunities.
  • Three international exchange programs provide students the opportunity to study in another country for a full semester: Universite de Savoie in Chambery, France, Institute for Tourism Studies in Macao, China, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China.
  • The Annual Maymester European Hospitality Experience features world–class hotels, resorts, restaurants, casinos, convention centers and wineries throughout Europe.
  • Every hospitality major must complete 600 hours of work in the hospitality industry.
  • Students have mentoring opportunities with industry leaders through hospitality student organizations and through the Industry Board which has about 50 leaders who provide mentoring.
  • All hospitality courses feature components of business analytics.
  • The Hospitality Learning Center, a university classroom, is located in the Georgia World Congress Center, a major convention center.
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University of South Carolina-Columbia 

Columbia, SC

About this school

Students have a variety of opportunities to gain hospitality experience in Columbia, the largest city in South Carolina. University of South Carolina has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management degree
  • Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree
  • Ph.D in Hospitality Management

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management highlights:

  • The college hosts a hospitality career fair every year.
  • The college hosts the HRSM Alumni Society Career Night, a networking event held each semester which typically has 40 to 50 alumni/industry partners in attendance.
  • Students must complete two internships with 400 hours per experience; students can take the first internship in any job in the industry; students must take the second internship in a managerial or supervisory position, or a rotational experience which includes work in at least three areas within the same organization or a formal internship program; all the internships have business components.
  • Students work at hotels, restaurants, theme parks, gold courses, country clubs, breweries, park & recreation departments, government offices, State Capital, food services, theaters, stadiums, arenas, etc.
  • Most students take an internship in the United States, however some students take an internship abroad such as at the Shangdong Hotel in Jinan, China, Kohanaiki in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, the Regal Riverside Hotel in Hong Kong, China, Mango Bay Hotel in St. James, Barbados, and the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy.
  • The School of HRTM operates these research institute/centers: The Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center, International Tourism Research Institute, and the International Institute in Foodservice Research and Education.
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Florida State University 

Tallahassee, FL

About this school

The Florida State University hospitality program at the Dedman School of Hospitality has been preparing managers of the world’s leading hotels, restaurants, clubs and resorts for more than 70 years. Virtually, all graduates find career placement following a personalized process of engagement with faculty and industry leaders, and exclusive worldwide internship experiences.

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Global Club Management and Leadership degree
  • Minor in Hospitality Management
  • Minor in Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Dedman School of Hospitality highlights:

  • The Dedman School of Hospitality’s Marriott Career and Professional Development Center with Career & Internship Expos featuring recruitment by top organizations, Interview Prep Workshops with industry human resource professionals, and a Hospitality Mentorship Program with alumni and industry partners.
  • Worldwide career and internship recruitment by more than 700 companies, including Augusta National Golf Club, Celtic Manor (Wales), Four Seasons Hotels, J. Alexander’s, Marriott International, Ritz–Carlton, Seminole Gaming, and The Walt Disney Company.
  • Hospitality study abroad programs in Leysin, Switzerland and Nice, France, and the international exchange program at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria.
  • ClubCorp’s University Center Club at Florida State University, serving as a teaching setting for students and providing internship, mentoring and employment opportunities.
  • An included total of 1,000 hours of work and internship experiences, which students gain in real–world settings.
  • Regular classroom presentations from guest speakers, including industry leaders and highly successful alumni.
  • Award–winning, internationally recognized faculty publishing in the field’s top–tier journals.
  • The International Center for Hospitality Research & Development, providing key research to international industry professionals on a wide array of topics.
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Kansas State University 

Manhattan, KS

About this school

Kansas State University (KSU) provides an internationally recognized hospitality program. KSU has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Hospitality programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree
  • Concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Administration degree
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Ecology with a specialization in Hospitality and Dietetics Administration

The online Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management includes these tracks: Foodservice and Restaurant Management, Convention, Meeting and Event Management Track, and the Lodging Management Track.

Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics highlights:

  • Students must complete 900 hours of work experience and internship experience in a hospitality–related–business.
  • Students can attend the Business and Hospitality Career Fair held in the spring.
  • Students can join faculty–led study abroad trips.
  • Many hospitality students participate in a mentorship program which includes CEO’s of hospitality companies and managers of small, local operations.
  • The school hosts an annual International Culinary workshop which focuses on cultures and cuisines throughout the world.
  • Faculty members present at many national and international conferences every year.
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Hospitality Management Programs Ranking Guidelines

We evaluated the top hospitality schools and programs based on academic quality, awards, reputation, independent evaluations, facilities, and internship opportunities.

Choosing a Program

Prospective students should consider several factors when choosing a hospitality program, including school reputation, program length, and the total cost of a degree. Learners should also consider what type of degree their chosen career path requires and whether a program offers courses and concentrations aligned with their career goals. Our ranking of the best hospitality degrees, which includes hospitality programs at various degree levels, helps prospective students find the right program for their needs.

What Is a Degree in Hospitality?

A hospitality degree trains students in hospitality and tourism management. Depending on their career goals, prospective hospitality professionals can enroll in an undergraduate or graduate hospitality program. This section provides an overview of the different types of hospitality degrees.

Bachelor's in Hospitality Management Degree

A bachelor's degree in hospitality management meets the education requirements for many hospitality jobs, including lodging manager and food service manager. Students take courses on topics like hospitality sales, service excellence in the hospitality industry, and hospitality cost control.

Hospitality majors often complete an internship to gain professional experience. Some programs offer concentrations in areas like human resources management and hotel management; these options allow students to further customize their degree to match their career goals.

In addition to hospitality courses, hospitality bachelor's programs include general education courses on topics like communication, English, and math. These courses strengthen critical thinking and communication skills. Most bachelor's programs take four years of full-time study to complete.

Graduate Degrees for Hospitality Professionals

Some employers prefer to hire managers and executives with a graduate degree. Master's in hospitality students may focus on a topic like hospitality and tourism management or hotel and restaurant management.

While pursuing a hospitality master's degree, students complete courses on topics like operations management, leadership in the hospitality industry, and lodging management. Some programs offer specializations in an area like restaurant management or tourism management. Graduate hospitality programs typically combine classroom learning with hands-on experience through internships or practica. Most master's programs take two years of full-time study to complete.

A hospitality doctorate prepares graduates for academic and research positions and generally takes 3-5 years to complete. Applicants to hospitality graduate programs often need a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, business, or a related field.

Master's in Hospitality Management Degree Versus an MBA

Prospective graduate students should consider the value of a specialized master's in hospitality management versus an MBA with a hospitality management concentration. While both degrees prepare graduates for managerial roles in the hospitality industry, they offer different focuses.

A master's in hospitality management focuses exclusively on hospitality and tourism management, while an MBA incorporates general business classes in areas like finance, marketing, and accounting. Candidates considering management roles outside of hospitality and tourism may prefer the versatility of an MBA, while those planning careers in hospitality benefit from the specialized coursework of a master's in hospitality management.

Hospitality Management Jobs

Earning a degree in hospitality management prepares graduates for diverse roles, such as lodging manager, facility manager, and operations manager. Graduates may also assume higher administrative positions and top executive roles. The following list describes a few job opportunities for professionals with a hospitality management degree.

Administrative Services Managers

Administrative services managers oversee supportive services for an organization. They maintain facilities, supervise administrative personnel, and manage records. Also known as business office managers or facility managers, administrative services managers maintain safe and secure facilities for organizations.

Additionally, these professionals may oversee renovation projects, monitor a facility's grounds, and manage operations and maintenance for a facility. The education requirements for administrative services managers vary by organization, but most positions require a bachelor's degree in an area like business, facility management, or hospitality management.

Median Annual Salary

$96,180

Projected Growth Rate

7%

Lodging Managers

Lodging managers oversee operations for hotels, motels, resorts, and other lodging establishments. They ensure an establishment operates at a profit and runs efficiently. Lodging managers also enforce company standards for guest services and housekeeping, interact with guests, monitor a facility's budget, and hire and train staff members.

Lodging management professionals may hold several job titles, including general manager, revenue manager, front office manager, and convention service manager. Many lodging managers hold a bachelor's degree in hospitality management and several years of professional experience.

Median Annual Salary

$53,390

Projected Growth Rate

1%

Top Executives

Top executives oversee operational activities for a business or organization. They manage an organization's budget, consult with executives and board members about general operations, and appoint managers. Top executives may hold titles such as general manager, operations manager, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer.

Education and training requirements for top executives vary by position and industry. Most roles require at least a bachelor's degree, though some companies prefer candidates with a master's degree.

Median Annual Salary

$104,980

Projected Growth Rate

7%

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