2017 Top Online Schools for Hospitality Management

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas

The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada Las Vegas offers an online Master of Hospitality Administration that students can complete in as little as one year, although most students complete it in 18 to 24 months. Students are required to complete 10 courses, including five required courses and four electives. Requirements also include a capstone professional paper on an issue facing the student's company or an entrepreneurship class. Courses are offered in five eight-week sessions during the year, and students may enter the program at the start of any session. There are no requirements to visit campus. Applicants should have at least three years of industry experience at the management level.


University of North Texas

The University of North Texas offers an online Master of Science in Hospitality Management that allows students to select either a thesis or non-thesis option. The 36-credit program requires students to complete 15 to 18 credits of required research courses and capstone projects and 15 to 18 credits in content courses, which include choices such as global tourism, service excellence, cost controls, event management, and IT strategies for the industry. Applicants to the program must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8. Applicants who have not taken specific undergraduate courses in hospitality management may be required to take leveling courses. Students may be able to transfer up to 12 credits in related coursework.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,486 Students


Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers an online option for its Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Content covers topics such as front of the house operations, commercial food principles, managing food and beverage operations, managing facilities, and hospitality law. The program requires students to complete 73 credits in the major, including 46 core classes in hospitality administration, 15 credits in required business classes, and 12 credits in a concentration. Students in the program are required to complete two semesters of a modern language and they have the option to do an internship. The program is accredited by the by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

CAG Score 92.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,705 Students


Albany Technical College

Albany Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management and a diploma program in the same subject. Both can be taken completely online except for the internship. Students seeking the associate degree must complete 60 credits of coursework, including 15 credits in general studies courses and 45 credits in required courses and electives in the hospitality major. Required classes include hotel operations management, event planning, food and beverage management, and an internship. Students in the diploma program complete 44 credit hours, with only 8 credits required in general studies courses and 36 credits in hospitality classes.


California State University-East Bay

California State University East Bay offers an online option leading to a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism. Courses in the program cover topics such as restaurants and food service, special events and meeting planning, and hotel and resort management. The fully online program is a degree completion program and includes only the upper level classes required for the degree. Students should have completed the required lower division General Education courses before entering the program, such as by attending a community college or by taking online courses available through the California Virtual Campus. To transfer into CSUEB, students must have completed at least 60 transferable semester units and have a GPA of at least 2.0.


Central Texas College

Students seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management from Central Texas College may earn a specialization in Hotel Management or in Food and Beverage Management through a completely online option. Each program takes four semesters of full-time study, and students must complete 60 credits to graduate. Students in both the specializations are required to work an internship to gain real-world experience. Both programs include coursework in topics such as hospitality financial management, hospitality legal issues, hospitality supervision, and purchasing for hospitality operations. CTC also has a fully online one-year certificate in Food and Beverage Management that requires students to complete 29 credits.


University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans offers a completely online Executive Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management for students with professional experience in the industry. The program has five eight-week sessions per year, and student can complete the degree in one year by taking two classes per session. All 10 classes focus on the hospitality industry and cover topics such as marketing applications, finance and revenue management, tourism destination development, technology for the industry, operations analysis, and strategic management. Applicants should have three years of full-time work experience in a supervisory position in the industry, although applicants with hospitality experience at a non-supervisory level may be considered with a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA.


Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management program that is available completely online. Graduates of the program are qualified to enter the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program at the University of Cincinnati. The program combines classroom instruction with co-operative education so students gain real-world experience in the hospitality industry. Co-op employers for the program include Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriot Hotels, and the Cincinnati Country Club. Students are required to complete two full-time, semester-long, paid co-op assignments while earning their degree. The program requires students to earn 64 credits and will take students six semesters - four semesters of coursework and two co-op semesters.


North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University offers an online program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Administration. The program may require students to take some face-to-face courses, and students are also required to have field experience and an internship in the hospitality industry. Students are expected to gain 500 hours of field experience in the industry over the two summers between their freshman and junior years. The summer between their junior and senior year, they must work a 500-hour internship in the hospitality industry. To earn the degree, students must complete at least 58 credits in hospitality and tourism classes. The program is housed in the school of business.


Mt. San Antonio College

Mount San Antonio College offers online programs leading to skills certificates in hospitality. The certificate in Hospitality Management Level I prepares students for entry level positions and includes classes in dining room service and lodging operations. The Hospitality Management Level II certificate prepares students for mid-level or management-trainee positions and includes 19 credits of coursework in lodging operations, dining room management, hospitality supervision, hospitality law, and financial accounting. The Restaurant Level I program prepares students for an entry level job in a restaurant. For all the certificates, students are also required to gain experience in the hospitality industry in a paid or unpaid position.


Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management that is available in a completely online format. Students who want a shorter program can earn a certificate in Event Management or Hospitality Management, which are also offered in a 100 percent online format. The programs are designed to prepare graduates for an entry-level management job in the hospitality industry. To earn the A.A.S., students must complete 92 credit hours, including general studies requirements and hospitality management classes. Courses in the major include computer reservation systems, special events planning, customer service management, catering operations, and resort management. Students have the option to perform a practicum in tourism or hospitality management.


Fort Hays State University

The Virtual College at Fort Hays State University offers a fully online program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students in the program can choose from three concentrations: hospitality operations, event management, or wellness facilities operations. Hospitality majors must complete 24 credits in business core classes, 21 credits in major core classes, and 12 credits in the concentration, as well as general education requirements. Core classes in the major cover topics such as tourism and hospitality, service operations, management information systems, and international hospitality. Students also have an industry internship. The Virtual College also offers several certificates in tourism and hospitality, with online programs leading to certificates in Tourism and Hospitality Leadership, Management, or Marketing.

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,825 Students


Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Community College offers three programs in hospitality management that can be completed fully or partially online. The Hospitality Management Transfer Option results in an Associate of Science in Hospitality Management and prepares students to transfer into the Hospitality and Tourism program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a junior. The Hospitality Career Option, which includes a co-op element so students gain real-world experience, also results in an A.S. in Hospitality Management. Up to 80 percent of the coursework for either A.S. option can be completed online. HCC's Hospitality Management Certificate can be completed completely online. Students in the 25-credit certificate program take courses covering basic business topics.


Pima Community College

Students interested in earning an Associate of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management as a transfer degree can complete the A.A. program at Pima Community College entirely online. By completing the 62-credit degree, students take general education requirements needed for their bachelor's degree as well as lower-level courses in the hospitality major. Students who complete the program can finish up their bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management through a partnership with Northern Arizona University. At Pima, students earn 26 credits in general studies classes, 9 credits in core classes such as hospitality property management, and 27 credits in required support courses, such as computer applications, basic economics, and a foreign language.


NHTI-Concord's Community College

NHTI has an Associate of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management that is offered 100 percent online. The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time attendance, with students earning about 65 credits. By taking specific electives, students are able to complete a certificate in Hotel Administration, Event/Conference Management, Travel and Tourism, or Wedding Planning Management as part of their degree work. Students in the major have an internship of at least 90 hours of work with a hospitality employer. Students who complete the associate degree can take advantage of NHTI's transfer agreements to enter Plymouth State University's Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management and Policy program or a program at New England College.


College of Southern Nevada

CSN offers online programs leading to a Certificate in Hotel Management or Food and Beverage Management. The Hotel Management program prepares students for entry-level jobs or gives them skills to advance their career. The 31-credit program can be completed in two semesters of full-time attendance and covers topics such as front-office operations, hospitality industry computer applications, hotel and gaming law, and hospitality service management. The 32-credit Food Service program includes courses in basic cookery, hospitality purchasing, restaurant management, nutrition, menu planning, and catering management. Some courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Hotel Management may be available online, but the degree is not offered as an online program.


Tulsa Community College

Tulsa Community College has an entirely online program that leads to an Associate in Applied Science in Business: Hospitality Management. The 60-credit program requires students to complete 18 credits in general education requirements, 18 credits in core business courses, 18 credits in required hospitality management courses, and six credits in electives in the hospitality area. The program is designed to prepare graduates for an entry-level management job in a hotel, casino, event facility or restaurant. Many of the credits may transfer to a four-year college if a student chooses to pursue a bachelor's degree in hospitality.


Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with a track in Hospitality and Tourism. Depending upon how many credits they transfer to CSU, students can complete the program in as little as a year. The accelerated program is designed for working professionals, so online classes do not require students to log in at a specific time. Courses are delivered in a seven-week term, with six terms per year. Students can take up to three courses per term. The curriculum includes courses in organizational behavior for the hospitality industry, marketing for the industry, planning and developing tourism, economics of tourism, and a class that examines case studies from the tourism and hospitality industry.


University of the Southwest

The University of the Southwest offers an online program leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Hospitality Management. Students in the program are required to take 30 credits in core business classes and another 30 credits in the hospitality major, along with general studies courses and electives resulting in a total of 120 credits to graduate. Courses for the major cover topics such as food service management, service marketing, and hospitality industry financial management. Students can access classes at the time of their choosing and communicate with classmates and professors online. USW does not charge out-of-state tuition or technology fees for online classes.


Granite State College

Granite State College offers an online degree completion program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Service and Hospitality Management. To enter the program, students must have earned an associate degree in tourism, hospitality management, or a related field. In addition to transfer credits from an accredited college, students may be able to use prior learning or testing to meet the entrance requirements. To earn the degree, students must take basic business courses such as management, marketing and accounting. They also take classes in topics such as food service systems and controls, service marking, quality management, and sustainable tourism.


National University

National University has an online Bachelor of Arts in Management that allows students to concentrate in Hospitality and Casino Management. Students are not required to log in at a specific time. The program has few prerequisites, so students can take the classes in any order they desire. To earn the degree, students must earn 180 quarter units, taking at least 45 of the units through National University. Course requirements include microeconomics and macroeconomics, 11 core classes in management, and seven courses in the hospitality concentration area. Required hospitality courses cover leisure services management, hospitality and casino accounting, hospitality and casino marketing, and hospitality and gaming law. Students may also get academic credit by performing an internship.

Evaluating Online Hospitality Management Degrees

There are scores of good schools now offering online programs in hospitality management. These can range from associate’s degrees and certificates to high-octane MBAs. But no matter what format you choose, real-world training opportunities and savvy professors are key factors for success. You want to be right on top of industry trends and technology when you graduate.

Look for schools that have:

  • Regional accreditation
  • ACPHA accreditation (optional)
  • AACSB, ACBSP or IACBE accreditations for the business school
  • Strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. top school rankings, strong research centers and distinguished alumni)
  • Programs that arrange internships, practicums and/or capstone projects in your local area
  • Great online rankings in U.S. News & World Report
  • The same faculty who teach on-campus courses teaching online
  • Dedicated distance learning support services
  • Verifiable job placement figures and low attrition rates

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