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Bachelor of Science (BS) in
Hospitality Management


Program Overview

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management will prepare you to be a leader within the hospitality and tourism industries. As a student, you will complete online coursework as well as an internship or practicum in one of many approved hospitality organizations around the globe. This degree can equip you for a successful career in restaurants, hotels, resorts, convention centers and related environments.

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Emerge as a Leader in Hospitality

Since 1985, the BS in Hospitality Management program has been producing graduates who’ve risen to leadership roles in a variety of hospitality organizations throughout the United States. The online program is taught by the same faculty and the degree is identical to the on-campus program, so you can earn a degree that is widely respected in the field from wherever you are.

  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • RankingRanked 4th in 2020 as one of the best Bachelor in Hospitality Management degree programs by, ranked 7th in 2017 in the top 30 Best Value Online Bachelor's in Hospitality Management by, and ranked 18th in 2017 in the top 50 Hospitality and Hotel Management schools in the world by CEOWORLD Magazine.
  • InternshipYes (150 hours)
  • Are test scores required?ACT and SAT scores are not required through the Fall 2024 entry term


This bachelor’s degree requires the successful completion of 120 hours. The program requires 53 hours of General Education courses, 52 hours of Hospitality Management courses and 15 hours of electives. Please note that courses are subject to change.

  • HSM 175 Introduction to Hotel, Restaurant, & Hospitality Management
  • HSM 185 Introduction to Meetings & Event Industry
  • HSM 235 Introduction to the Sport Industry
  • HSM 241 Management of Food and Beverage Operations
  • HSM 251 Hospitality Employee Supervision and Management
  • HSM 303 Managing Quality in the Hospitality Industry
  • HSM 321 Tourism & the Hospitality Industry
  • HSM 325 Lodging Operations and Management
  • HSM 340 Sustainable Tourism
  • HSM 341 Catering Management and Quantity Food
  • HSM 420 Hospitality Marketing
  • HSM 421 Hospitality Law
  • HSM 469 Internship in Hospitality Management
  • HSM 470 Hospitality Information/Computer Systems
  • HSM 474 Managerial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
  • HSM 479 Hotel Sales & Event Services
  • HSM 496 RHM Senior Seminar
  • NHM 250 Principles of Food Preparation

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog. Scroll down to the distance program option.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe important historical events fundamental to the development of the hospitality industry.
  • Identify the role of marketing in providing goods and services within the hospitality industry.
  • Describe various operational roles relative to the provision of hospitality goods and/or services: to include food service management, lodging management, and other related services.
  • Apply sound accounting principles and practices in hospitality operations.
  • Apply effective financial management practices in hospitality organizations.
  • Identify legal issues related to the provision of goods and services in hospitality organizations.
  • Discuss ethical considerations and socio-political influences affecting hospitality.
  • Utilize a variety of computer applications in providing quality hospitality services.
  • Apply effective human resource management skills in hiring, training, and developing the personnel within hospitality operations.
  • Identify effective organizational theory, leadership behavior and interpersonal communication practices in hospitality operations.
  • Articulate principles of effective leadership and the importance of leadership to accomplishing organizational goals and objectives.
  • Apply effective management practices and problem-solving strategies within hospitality organizations.
  • Apply classroom theory/knowledge and gain appropriate technical and administrative skills through relevant operational experiences in some facet of the hospitality industry.

The curriculum prepares the student for a career in:

  • Restaurant, commercial and institutional food-service operations
  • Hotel convention service
  • Convention bureau/convention center meeting management
  • Convention and visitor bureaus
  • Hotel food and beverage management
  • Hotel marketing and sales
  • Hotel/lodging rooms management
  • Country club management


To apply for formal admission to any of the undergraduate degree programs offered through UA Online, you must complete an admissions application and submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended (and a high school transcript if you have less than 24 semester hours of college coursework). Transfer students considering admission should review UA’s transfer information and policies.

Applicants must meet one of the following admission requirements:

  • If you have earned more than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet the transfer student admission requirement of a minimum 2.0 overall college GPA.
  • If you have earned less than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet both the 2.0 overall college GPA required for transfer students, as well as Admission Requirements for Freshmen Students. If high school graduation was more than four years ago, ACT/SAT scores are not required.

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