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Hospitality Management


Hospitality management programs prepare people to manage hotels, bed and breakfasts, cruise ships, resorts, and other hospitality facilities. These programs are sometimes called hotel management, resort management, or hotel administration.

Students learn to supervise staff and oversee operations and development. They also learn to plan and market services and other features at their facilities.

Hospitality management programs include topics such as:


In hospitality management programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and two-year schools offer associate degree programs in hospitality management. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in hospitality management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Some universities offer graduate degrees in hospitality management. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

A personal interview and related volunteer or work experience may be required as well.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree and good grades. You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Although your bachelor's degree does not have to be in any particular major, it would be helpful to take several courses in accounting, finance, marketing, and hospitality, if possible.

Additional requirements at many schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Graduate Program Courses

Course work in graduate programs varies. However, the outline of a typical master's degree curriculum looks like the following:

Many programs, both undergraduate and graduate, require you to complete a practicum or externship as part of their curriculum. This is a hands-on opportunity to apply what you've learned to real-life hospitality settings.

You might assist at the front desk of a hotel, greeting guests and scheduling reservations. You might assist with the facilities and operations of a ski lodge. Or, you could help review the operations of a motel, making sure it meets regulations and laws. You might even be involved with securing the real estate for new locations of a chain of resorts in the Caribbean!

Whatever the setting and application, you benefit from the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced hospitality manager.

Things to Know

This program lends itself to interdisciplinary study. Many programs allow you to combine a degree in hospitality management with a degree in another program such as business administration or restaurant and food services management.

If you plan to work internationally in this field you may find it helpful to take college courses in a second language or world cultures.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College (Omak Campus)

King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

South Seattle College

Washington State University - Pullman (Everett)

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Northwest Indian College

Peninsula College

Whatcom Community College