The Best Hospitality Degrees: Announcing the Top Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD Degree Programs in Hotel and Restaurant Management

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A career in hospitality management is perfect for people who enjoy working with others while meeting the challenges of a fast-paced, diverse, and dynamic industry. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, hospitality and tourism provides more than 260 million jobs and careers worldwide. It is a safe bet that career prospects in the industry will remain strong because hospitality and tourism are among the fastest growing industries in the world. In fact, World Travel and Tourism monthly updates report “the global Travel & Tourism sector’s total contribution to GDP in 2013 grew by 3.0%, outperforming overall world GDP growth for the third consecutive year” and “the outlook for sector in 2014 is even stronger, with the sector’s contribution to GDP expected to grow by 4.3% again stronger than many other major industries.”

Because there is such a wide range of career opportunities available in the hospitality industry, it is increasing in popularity. Careers in the industry can be found in a variety of businesses and organizations around the world, including hotels and resorts, restaurants and foodservice, meeting and event planning, tourist destinations and attractions, and more. As the hospitality industry grows in popularity, however, it also is growing in competitiveness. It is more important now than ever before for people interested in making their own mark on the hospitality industry to earn a degree in hospitality management. With hotels and restaurants offering a broad range of career opportunities, a degree related to those segments of the hospitality industry can open more doors for graduates.

Hotel and restaurant management degree programs offer students the chance to learn the business, managerial, service, and culinary aspects of the hospitality industry. Often, these management degree programs incorporate laboratory experiences, hands-on experiences in campus hotels and restaurants, internship opportunities, and study-abroad programs into their degree programs. We have scoured hundreds of hotel and restaurant management degree programs and selected these 50 based on their relevance to the industry, the depth and breadth of their course offerings, their accreditation status, the professional standings of their internship and program partners, their graduation and employment rates, and their rankings from reputable organizations.

Please note: The following hotel and restaurant management degree programs are not ranked in order of quality or importance. The numerical listing is provided for point of reference only.

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The 50 Best Hotel and Restaurant Management (Hospitality) College Degree Programs

1. Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration


Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration was the first collegiate program in hospitality management. Now regarded as the world leader in its field, especially because it is the only Ivy League business-management program to focus on hospitality, the school offers learning opportunities in state-of-the-art classrooms, the on-campus Statler hotel, and various settings around the world. Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration also offers three degree programs for students who wish to continue their education beyond the bachelor level: Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH), MS and PhD Degrees in Hotel Administration.

2. Michigan State University Broad College of Business
East Lansing, MI
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business

Michigan State

The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University is known as the original hospitality business school and ranks among the top hospitality programs in the nation. Hospitality classes offer a mix of theory and practical application and involve real-world situations; a requirement of the undergraduate program experience is two paid internships in the hospitality industry. Undergrads may also enroll in the Hospitality Business Real Estate and Development Specialization, a highly competitive option for students committed to a career in real estate development. The School of Hospitality Business also offers four graduate program options: The Michael L. Minor Master of Science in Foodservice Business Management, The Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management, Secondary Concentration in Hospitality Business in the Master of Business Administration Degree Program, and The Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business.

3. University of Wisconsin – Stout School of Hospitality Leadership
Menomonie, WI
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

U of Wisconsin

UW-Stout houses one of the largest hotel, restaurant and tourism management programs in the world. Students enjoy learning experiences split between general education and professional studies, and UW-Stout offers several opportunities for students: international programs to provide students with work experiences in addition to classroom instruction; hospitality study abroad programs in Spain, Australia, and the Netherlands; and internships, co-ops and other job-related experiences with more than 100 different businesses such as leading hotels, amusement parks, chambers of commerce, and tourism bureaus.

4. University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College
Houston, TX
Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management

Univ of Houston

Hilton College offers one of the world’s top hospitality programs, with traditional business courses that are complemented by social sciences, hospitality marketing, human resources and communications courses. Undergraduates choose an area of emphasis to personalize their degree plan to the sector of hospitality most interesting to them, and the College offers a minor in beverage management and marketing for those considering a career in the wine and spirits industry. For students looking to continue their education beyond the bachelor level, Hilton College offers a Master of Science in Hospitality Management or a three-year joint master’s program that results in an MS from Hilton College and an MBA from the University’s Bauer College of Business.

5. Northern Arizona University W. A. Franke College of Business School of Hotel & Restaurant Management
Flagstaff, AZ
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Northern AZ Univ

Students choosing Northern Arizona University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management major can rest assured they’ve made a wise decision: HRM has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Hospitality Administration, an honor earned by fewer than 20% of the nation’s baccalaureate degree-granting programs in the field. Northern Arizona University’s HRM degree program combines management courses, technical training, and liberal arts studies for students as they prepare for careers in the hospitality industry. The W. A. Franke College of Business also offers a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management for students with a passion for traveling and working abroad, as well as an MBA in Applied Management, Hospitality Focus, a degree accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

6. University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences – Restaurant, Hotel and Meetings Management

Univ of AL B.S.

At the University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences, Restaurant and Hospitality Management majors can expect to learn ways to improve the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. The RHM program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Graduates of the program typically enter the field as management trainees, assistant managers or supervisors with advancement into higher-level positions within two to three years of graduation. Students interested in continuing their education may pursue a Master’s of General Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Restaurant and Hospitality Management from the University.

7. University of Nevada, Las Vegas William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
Las Vegas, NV
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management


UNLV’s Hospitality Management Major offers a varied course of study focusing on management theory and a broad range of industry-specific issues so that graduates are able to enter any portion of the industry. With 22 credits of electives, students are free to tailor their degree to their personal interests, and students may declare a concentration in gaming management, meetings and events, restaurant management, or professional golf management to focus their elective credits on a specific area of study. Two senior-level classes put students’ learned sills to the test in actual work experience in the hospitality industry. An accelerated program to earn a second degree, Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Management Major is available to applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Also, applicants with management experience and qualifying undergraduate academic records may consider applying for the Master’s of Science in Hotel Administration or the executive online Master’s of Hospitality Administration programs.

8. Fairleigh Dickinson University International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Metropolitan Campus – Teaneck, NJ and College at Florham – Madison, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Fairleigh Dickinson

The Hotel and Restaurant Management major at Fairleigh Dickinson prepares students for management positions in service industries including hotels, restaurants, resorts, and more. Combining a liberal arts curriculum with business and hotel and restaurant subjects, students gain classroom knowledge as well as experience outside the classroom with the Professional Development Series. Students are expected to complete approximately 1,200 hours of diverse experience in the New York metropolitan area’s hospitality industry. Moreover, select students who wish to pursue a combined B.S./M.S. accelerated degree program may apply to Fairleigh Dickinson’s 5-year Hotel and Restaurant Management B.S./M.S. program. The University also offers a Specialization in Hospitality for Adult Students (B.A. in Individualized Studies), a Master of Science in Hospitality Management Studies, and a Master of Science in Service Innovation and Leadership.

9. Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business
Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Hospitality and Tourism Management


The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business offers a curriculum and program that is accredited by the AACSB and consistently ranks in the top five of HTM programs worldwide; the College itself consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top 50 business schools. With all of its honors, it is no wonder that the Department is a tier one recruiting school for so many major hospitality corporations in the USA, including Marriott, Hilton, Darden, and others. Additionally, Virginia Tech’s Hospitality and Tourism Management graduation program offers three graduate degrees: a Master of Science and Ph.D. on the Blacksburg campus and the Pamplin Master of Business Administration through the Northern Virginia Campus in Falls Church, Virginia. An MBA program at the National Capital Region campus also is available for working professionals in the Washington, DC area.

10. University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management
Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

UMass AmherstThe HTM program at UMass Amherst combines hospitality and business courses so students gain a deeper knowledge about management. Students have the option of concentrating on one of five specific fields within the industry, including Casino, Lodging, and Club Management. The internationally ranked four-year institution prepares students to be leaders in the industry. UMass Amherst also offers a doctoral program, an online program, certificates, and international study in HTM.

11. Penn State University College of Health and Human Development School of Hospitality Management
University Park, PA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Penn State

The Hospitality Management major at Penn State offers two options to meet students’ career interests: Hospitality Management option and Management Dietetics option. Students will gain a broad foundation through general education courses and then build their leadership and communication skills through industry-related courses combined with a minimum of 1,000 hours of “real-world” experience. Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management is “among the oldest and most respected in the nation,” and students reap the benefits of a Penn State degree when more than 100 firms visit each year to recruit students enrolled in the School of Hospitality management; in fact, the employment rate for program graduates is nearly 100 percent. Penn State also offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs, and its HRIM graduate program is considered to be among the best in the world.

12. Washington State University Carson College of Business School of Hospitality Business Management
Pullman, WA
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management

Washington State

The College of Business at Washington State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management with majors in either hospitality business management or wine business management. Accredited at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels by AACSB International, the School of Hospitality Business Management strives to produce graduates who are prepared to enter a management position in hospitality or tourism operations in the USA or abroad. WSU also offers graduate programs in the form of a Ph.D. with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Business Management and various MBA programs.

13. University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Orlando, FL
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
Bachelor of Science in Restaurant & Foodservice Management

Univ Central FLWhere better to earn a degree in the hospitality industry than in Orlando Florida, which had a record 56 million visitors in 2012? The Rosen College of Hospitality Management is located within minutes of some of the world’s top-rated resorts, restaurants, and more attractions, so students have the unique opportunity of learning and working in the industry’s leading market. UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management offers three undergraduate programs and three graduate programs, as well as non-degree programs, making it a “true innovator” in hospitality education.

14. Iowa State University College of Human Sciences
Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Iowa State

Graduates from Iowa State University’s Hospitality Management program are finding success from coast to coast, especially because the major is “known world-wide for its excellence in research.” Recently ranked 15th among the world’s top 100 hospitality and tourism program by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism research, the program offers students access to learning labs on campus, smaller classroom sizes with faculty who know them, and internships with leading companies in the hospitality industry, such as Marriott and Disney. Graduate programs at both the masters and doctoral levels are available from Iowa State as well.

15. Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences
West Lafayette, IN
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management


Purdue’s “first-ranked undergraduate program” offers students industry-related core classes as well as a solid general education curriculum. The key to Purdue’s program are the experiential learning opportunities: the senior-year capstone course as students work in groups to make plans to build a hospitality business, paid internships, training in the school’s two restaurants, and more. Purdue also offers its HTM Career Center and HTM Career Day to help students snag employment prior to graduation. Purdue also offers research-based graduate programs that lead to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.

16. Kansas State University College of Human Ecology Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics
Manhattan, KS
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Kansas State

Kansas State University’s Hospitality Management program centers on understanding the human element of the industry, including customer satisfaction and human resource management, and includes with a strong business foundation and first-hand industry experience. Students choose from three areas of interest: Foodservice and Restaurant Management Track; Convention, Management and Event Management Track; or Lodging Management Track. Students looking to further their education beyond a bachelor’s degree level may be interested in Kansas State’s Concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Hospitality Management or its more traditional graduate programs, which are offered both on campus and online.

17. Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences School of Hotel & Restaurant Administration
Stillwater, OK
Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Administration

Oklahoma State

Ranked eighth among the top 100 hospitality and tourism programs in the world by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research based on research from 2002-2006, the Hotel & Restaurant Administration program at Oklahoma State University offers a dual degree undergraduate program in hospitality management that allows students to acquire one undergrad degree from OSU and one from a European partner. Hands-on experiences in quality lab practices and supervised industry settings combine with classroom experiences to prepare undergrads for careers in hospitality. OSU also offers M.S. and doctoral degrees to students seeking to further their education and careers.

18. Georgia State University Robinson College of Business Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration
Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality

Georgia State

In the heart of Atlanta, the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration has an ideal location for providing students the opportunity to experience real-world learning with major industry partners. Graduates take 21 semesters hours of required core hospitality courses and then build upon that foundation with electives and work-study experiences to prepare for leadership roles upon graduation. Beginning in 1992, the program has been accredited every seven years by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, and the school is an institutional member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. The Robinson College of Business at Georgia Sate also offers graduate programs in the hospitality industry. 

19. Drexel University Center for Hospitality & Sport Management
Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management


Drexel University’s Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management focuses on four major areas they have deemed critical for success in hospitality: innovative management, customer service, technology, and international perspectives. Through coursework and a renowned cooperative education experience, students gain valuable skills, problem-solving techniques, and training that prepares them for a career in hospitality. Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of four concentrations at Drexel: food and beverage management, gaming and resort management, hotel administration, or travel and tourism. Drexel also offers a BS/MBA Accelerated Degree program for select candidates who strive to earn their credential in five years. Other options for degree programs at Drexel include an M.S. in Hospitality Management, a minor in gaming and casino operations, and certificate programs in gaming and casino operations.

20. University of Denver Daniels College of Business Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
Denver, CO
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hospitality Management

Univ of Denver

Students pursuing their BSBA in Hospitality Management at Knoebel obtain a solid core of business and hospitality management knowledge and then direct their learning through work experiences and electives toward a specific career path. Faculty advisors work closely with students and meet at least quarterly to monitor academics and provide career advising. Students have the option of specializing in lodging/resort operations, hospitality sales & marketing, and restaurant/F&B management at Knoebel. Students also have the chance to broaden their career opportunities by minoring in a business discipline in the Daniels College, and more importantly, by spending at least one required semester studying abroad and demonstrating proficiency in a second language.

21. University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Dietetics & Nutrition Division
Anchorage, Alaska
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality and Restaurant Management

Univ of Alaska

The Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Dietetics & Nutrition Division at UAA offers students the opportunity to develop their management and hospitality skills with a variety of options. First, students decide whether to complete two required semesters of hospitality/hotel/restaurant management studies at UNLV or NAU, either on campus or online. Then, students choose whether they want to complete a nutrition emphasis study area at UAA. Finally, students work with the department to determine their capstone experience, a 600-hour Alaska internship that is a paid work experience at an approved hotel or restaurant. All of the hard work and dedication culminates in a B.A. in Hospitality and Restaurant Management and the preparation necessary to enter the foodservice, hospitality, and tourism industry. 

22. Kendall College School of Hospitality Management
Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management


Kendall College’s Hospitality Management degree program “balances the art of hospitality – European savoir-faire – with the science of American management techniques.” Kendall is an Official Affiliate Institution of Glion Institute of Higher Education, which ranked number two among all international hospitality management schools for an international career in 2010, Kendall students have the ability to earn an Advanced Certificate in International Hospitality Management, a highly regarded Swiss hospitality credential. The fact that Kendall is a member of Laureate International Universities also means that students have the ability to study and intern in Australia, at Glion, or at other Laureate locations in Switzerland, Spain, and China. Kendall offers several concentrations in Hospitality Management, including Asset Management; Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE); Beverage Management; and more.

23. California State University
14 campuses located around the state of California
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration

Cal State

The Hospitality Management Education Initiative (HMEI) works cooperatively with leaders in the hospitality industry and 14 California State University campuses to provide Cal State students with a quality education to prepare them for careers in California’s hospitality industry. While all 14 campuses offer degrees or degree-emphasis in hospitality management, each campus has its own industry focus. Explore the programs of study by campus or by specialty: food and beverage, travel and tourism, events management, lodging, casino gaming, or club management.

24. Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management

TempleTemple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management provides undergraduate and graduate degrees for the sport, recreation, tourism, and hospitality industries. Students pursuing a B.S. in Tourism and Hospitality Management choose from three concentrations: hospitality operations, destination management, and event leadership. One of the best reasons to join STHM is that 100% of Tourism & Hospitality Management students are placed in internships with major hotels and resorts, casinos, restaurant groups, and more across the globe; plus, 90% of graduates are placed in employment opportunities within 90 days of graduation. For students looking to further their education beyond a bachelor’s degree, STHM offers three graduate degrees.

25. Stratford University School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management
Seven Campuses in Virginia and Maryland
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management


Students in Stratford’s Hospitality Management program enjoy a variety of learning opportunities and options. First, the program offers a variety of teaching methodologies, ranging from lectures and lab exercise to dining events and cooking competitions, to enhance students’ culinary skills. Students have the choice of the Baltimore, MD campus or one of the Virginia campuses for in-class instruction. Students may also take advantage of the option to combine online courses with classroom instruction. Also, there are three classroom and online instructional options: Concentration A (Hotel and Restaurant Management), Concentration B (Advanced Culinary Arts), or Concentration C (Baking and Pastry Arts). Finally, accelerated programs allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree in 30 months or a master’s degree in 15 months. Overall, Stratford offers a variety of degrees, from an Advanced Culinary Arts Professional Diploma to a Master of Science in International Hospitality Management.

26. University of North Texas College of Merchandising, Hospitality, and Tourism
Denton, TX
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Univ of North TX

The curriculum for Hospitality Management at UNT features an emphasis on management, hands-on experience, and excellent internship and job placement opportunities. The hospitality management program was the nation’s first accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, and it is the nation’s sixth largest program. One unique feature of UNT is its Career Center, Learning Center, and professional academic advisors who are available to help students every step of the way through their education. The Toulouse Graduate School offers a Master of Science in Hospitality Management or a dual M.S. and Master of Business Administration in any M.B.A. concentration area.

27. Concordia University – Saint Paul
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management


Rated one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & Word Report in 2013, the B.A. in Hospitality Management from Concordia University – Saint Paul is offered fully online and consists of 40 credit hours/128 credits. The program combines customer serviced, management and marketing, and practical tools to help students succeed in the hospitality industry.

28. Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, FL
Bachelor of Arts in International Tourism & Hospitality Management

Saint Leo

A Catholic, liberal arts school serving learners of all faiths, Saint Leo is one of Florida’s top-ranked universities. The Tampa-area campus is dedicated to being student centered, and because it is seated between the Atlantic Ocean and Orlando on one side and the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay on the other side, it is a perfect place to study hospitality and tourism. Students take the initial courses that cover the broad spectrum of a liberal arts program and then select either the international tourism or hospitality management professional specialization. Students also take part in internships, study abroad opportunities, conferences, and co-curricular activities.

29. Bay State College
Boston, MA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Bay State

Bay State’s Hospitality Management Bachelor Degree Program was designed in conjunction “with one of the world’s leading hospitality corporations to better prepare you for a fast-tracking career in hospitality.” The focus of the program is professional, memorable, high-quality service with a strong foundation in general business and sectors of the hospitality industry including hotel operations, resort and casino management, and more. Internships are an important part of Bay State’s program, and opportunities are available with leading companies such as Starwood Hotels and Walt Disney World. Plus, the College is located in Boston, giving students access to some of the world’s finest hotels, restaurants, and event planners. 

30. Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
North Miami, FL
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Florida Intl

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been identified as one of the top hospitality programs in the U.S. Students choose FIU for its reputation, campus location, fast-track career opportunities, and more. FIU and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The B.S. in Hospitality Management is available fully online and on site, with students taking courses in Hospitality Core Requirements, Hospitality Electives, and 1300 Hours of Industry Experience. Students have the option of taking 18 credits in Hospitality Major Areas such as Culinary Management Courses or Hotel/Lodging Management Courses, among others. Minors are also available in a few areas including Restaurant/Foodservice Management and Travel and Tourism Management. FIU also offers several graduate programs in the business of hospitality as well.

31. George Washington University School of Business
Washington, DC
Master of Tourism Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality Management

George Washington

Students in the Master of Tourism Administration program learn through a combination of classroom and field-based learning experiences to prepare for international management positions in various sectors of the hospitality industry. Located in our nation’s capital, the George Washington University School of Business is a perfect locale for hands-on experience, networking opportunities, and career development.

32. San Jose State University College of Applied Sciences and Arts
San Jose, CA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Tourism, & Event Management

San Jose State

San Jose State University’s Hospitality Management degree program integrates “multicultural-focused academic study in hotel and lodging, food and beverage, tourism, and event management with professional experiences (e.g. our Pebble Beach Connection) designed to facilitate students’ transition to their chosen career.” Core coursework in the department and related coursework from SJSU’s business and nutrition programs combine to make this an interdisciplinary program with elective coursework to give students the ability to match their studies to their career objectives. A business minor is also a possibility for students pursuing the B.S. in Hospitality, Tourism, & Event Management from San Jose State University.

33. Roosevelt University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Roosevelt Univ

Roosevelt University offers students the ability to learn and work in the Chicago metropolitan area, chockfull of world-class hotels and restaurants. The hospitality program has four areas of emphasis: lodging management; food and beverage management; meeting, events, convention, and exhibition management; and sports management. Students have the opportunity to gain experience through professional partnerships with leading hotels, restaurants, meeting and convention facilities, tourism offices, and more. Roosevelt also offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Hospitality & Tourism Management for students 24 years and older who have minimal transfer credits.

34. Glion Institute of Higher Education
Switzerland or London
Bachelors in Hospitality Management (6 Possible Tracks)


Glion’s hospitality management degrees are part of a three-and-a-half-year program, during which you can study in Switzerland, London, or both locations, to learn about two hotspots of tourism and business. You will learn from experience and develop leadership skills through internships and applied business studies. Glion offers six specialization tracks, so students will complete the common courses plus the specialized courses of whichever path they choose. For postgraduate students, Glion offers Postgraduate Diplomas in Hospitality Management in several areas.

35. University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Columbia, MO
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Univ of MO

Students in the Hospitality Management Program at Mizzou will build business and managerial skills plus understand the principles necessary to leading a successful hospitality organization. Students have the option of customizing their degree program to fit the career field that most interests them, and they will put all of their knowledge and skills to practice when they participate in an internship. The capstone course also gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a project that involves developing a business plan for a hotel or restaurant they propose to build at a specific location within Columbia; projects are evaluated by the course instructor and industry professionals. Students also present an end-of-semester poster for several judges including hospitality faculty, friends of the HRM program, and hospitality practitioners. Mizzou also offers graduate programs and an online option for completing a B.S. in Hospitality Management with an Emphasis in Food and Beverage Management.

36. Cal Poly Pomona Collins College of Hospitality Management
Pomona, CA
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Cal Poly

Cal Poly Pomona’s B.S. in Hospitality Management combines general education courses with business and hospitality management courses to help students understand the economic, legal, and social forces that shape the hospitality industry. The goal is to produce students who have a base of hospitality knowledge that prepares them to enter managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Students will choose an emphasis in Restaurant Management, Hotel/Resort Management, and/or Club Management to focus on their individual career goals, and students will complete 800 hours of work experience prior to graduation. Graduate degrees, as well as a minor in Hospitality Management, also are available from Cal Poly Pomona.

37. Thomas Edison State College
Trenton, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hospitality Management

Thomas Edison

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree program in Hospitality Management from Thomas Edison State College is designed specifically for individuals employed in the hospitality industry who are looking to enhance their careers through further study. It is also suitable for people who are planning to enter various branches of the food, beverage, hotel and hospitality field. The degree program offers an in-depth study of four main topics in the hospitality industry: general operating procedures, contemporary challenges, career opportunities, and international trends. Students will complete a capstone requirement, Strategic Management, which incorporates program content and ensures the students’ knowledge.

38. Globe University Minnesota School of Business
Multiple Campus Locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota – also online
Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Hospitality Emphasis

Globe Univ

Students pursuing a B.S. in Business Management will take the core requirements for the bachelor’s degree plus study hospitality management and service strategies. Five topics are included in those studies: hospitality service strategies, event planning, foodservice management, recruitment and retention, and service marketing. Students will complete a hospitality internship to apply their new knowledge and skill set, plus gain hands-on experience in the hospitality industry. It is possible for students to complete this four-year degree in 36 months, either online or on campus. Globe University/Minnesota School of Business is accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools (ACICS).

39. Johnson & Wales University School of Hospitality
Campuses located in Providence, RI; N. Miami, FL; Denver, CO; Charlotte, NC; and online
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Hotel & Lodging Management
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Johnson & Wales

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private, nonprofit NEASC-accredited institution with a unique education hands-on education model emphasizing applying skills in real-world settings. With four campuses offering the same JWU education, students have the opportunity to choose the campus that is right for them. JWU students will “benefit from curriculum designed with industry input, and faculty with field experience.” They will learn industry best practices along with management skills, communication strategies, and problem-solving techniques, as well as gain work experience at local, national, or international internship sites. Networking is another benefit of JWU, as career conferences are held on campus.

40. University of San Francisco McLaren School of Management
San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Hospitality Management

Univ of San FranSmall class sizes, a structured internship of 800 industry hours, customized advising for each student, and a variety of student organization options make USF School of Management a popular choice for students seeking a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Hospitality Management. USF School of Management also has established three areas of teaching, research, and executive education excellence that they incorporate into all that they do in hospitality education: global meetings and events, eco and ethos, and wall-being and quality of life.

41. Platt College
Oklahoma City, OK (North Campus)
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality & Restaurant Management


Students attending Platt College for a B.S. in Hospitality & Restaurant Management can expect to experience a combination of theory and practice in their instruction, helping them to build their administrative, managerial, and leadership skills. The degree program is set up in such a way that students can expect to complete the program in under two years.

42. New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT and online
Bachelor of Arts in Food & Beverage Business Management

New England Cul Inst

The B.A. in Food & Beverage Management from the New England Culinary Institute “goes beyond the basics of culinary education to provide a sound foundation in the principles and key teachings related to management within the hospitality setting.” Upon earning your degree from NECI, you’ll understand the ins and outs of managing a professional food and beverage operation, especially because the program emphasizes entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and leadership skills. To further prepare graduates for the foodservice industry, NECI’s bachelor’s programs have a Spanish Language and Culture requirement.

43. New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
Las Cruces, NM
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

New Mexico State

New Mexico State University’s HRTM program ranks among the top programs in the U.S. Students receive hands-on restaurant management education and an interactive learning experience in the University’s state-of-the-art commercial food production and service lab and technology learning lab. With more than $45,000 in scholarships available annually through the school, HRTM students receive an academic background that prepares them for successful entry into the hospitality industry.

44. Eastern Michigan University College of Technology School of Technology Studies
Ypsilanti, MI
Hotel and Restaurant Management Undergraduate Degree Program

Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan University offers the only accredited undergraduate hospitality program in Michigan. The program integrates hands-on work experience with theoretical knowledge and management skills, and the faculty has years of experience in hotels, restaurants, event management, and catering industries. EMU also offers an HRM study abroad program, as well as several professional networking opportunities, including the Hospitality Management Student Association and the Club Managers Association of America, which schedules industry-leading guest speakers and trips to the National Restaurant Association Trade Show in Chicago and the International Hotel, Mote and Restaurant Show in Ney York City. For students looking to further their education beyond a bachelor’s, EMU offers various graduate programs.

45. Texas Tech College of Human Sciences
Lubbock, TX
Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management

Texas Tech

Texas Tech’s Restaurant, Hotel & Institutional Management (RHIM) is one of the top programs in the U.S. and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Management. Designed to give students extensive management skills and practical work experience, the program includes “high departmental expectations and a rigorous, leading-edge curriculum to lead to an undergraduate experience diverse in its scope and responsibilities.’ RHIM studies include courses in general education and hospitality management, with outside support classes in accounting, communication, and personnel management. Practical experience is gained through diverse laboratory experiences. Texas Tech also offers an M.S. in Hospitality and Retail Management and a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration.

46. The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

Southern MS

The University of Southern Mississippi’s B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management focuses on the service side of the hospitality industry. Graduates with this degree typically are employed in entry-level management positions in one of the hospitality sectors, including casinos, hotels, restaurants, and more. The University of Southern Mississippi also offers a B.S.B.A. in Tourism (Casino and Resort Management) that prepares students for decision making in the casino and resort industries with financial, strategic, and management skills being at the heart of the program.

47. Western Kentucky University College of Health & Human Services
Bowling Green, KY
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Dietetics with Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Concentration

Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky University’s major in hospitality management and dietetics program offers three distinct concentrations: the hotel, restaurant and tourism management concentration; the nutrition and dietetics concentration; and the food, nutrition and wellness concentration. The hotel, restaurant and tourism management concentration prepares students for careers in several sectors of the hospitality industry, including hotel and resort management, meeting and convention planning, sales and marketing, and others.

48. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD
Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management

Univ of MDThe HRM program at UMES now includes a state-of-the-art mini-convention center, the Richard A. Henson Center, that will provide students with various laboratories, demonstration kitchens, seminar rooms, dining facilities, and more. The curriculum contains five characteristics – Lodging Management; Computer, Information, and Technology Literacy; Culinary Arts Restaurant Management; Empowerment; and Service Orientation – all centered on the facilities and activities at the Henson Center. Students also have the ability to minor in Culinary Arts Restaurant Management, Food and Beverage Management, Hotel Administration, and Travel and Tourism at UMES.

49. University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
Executive Restaurant & Hospitality Management Program – B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences

Univ of AL Executive

The Executive Restaurant and Hospitality Management (ExRHM) program at the University of Alabama is ideal for hospitality industry managers who are currently employed and seeking to complete a baccalaureate degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management in a non-traditional way. The program especially is designed to be flexible and individualized for applicants who are 25 years of age or older, have a high school diploma, and have been employed as a manager in the hospitality industry for a minimum of three years. An ExRHM student graduates with a B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences and may continue their education to pursue a Master’s of General Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Restaurant and Hospitality Management.

50. Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration
Statesboro, GA
Bachelor of Business Administration with Emphasis in Hospitality Management

Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern University’s Department of Management has incorporated leadership development into its culture. The curriculum has infused business fundamentals with “the current trends in today’s business environment.” Hence, GSU offers BBA degrees with emphasis areas in the Management, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, and Hospitality Management fields, as well as minor programs in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality Management. Students develop problem-solving skills and a broad knowledge based necessary to managing and leading modern organizations. “The Hospitality emphasis prepares students for entry-level management positions in the restaurant and lodging industries … through a competency-based, curricular program designed specifically for the development of future hotel and restaurant managers.” A semester-long internship is the culminating activity of the program so students are prepared to transition from the university to a professional setting.

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