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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management prepares leaders for major hospitality industry segments through academic and research programs that value quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches and ethical principles. Faculty members have advanced degrees in hospitality management and professional work experience in restaurants, hotels, club management, on-site food service, catering businesses and conference centers.


Career Opportunities

Hospitality management graduates manage restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other related hospitality businesses or plan social and corporate events that include food, beverage and lodging services. Sales management for food distribution companies or hotels and resorts are additional career paths for alumni. The National Restaurant Association projects the number of food service management positions to increase eight percent from 2010 to 2020. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a three percent increase in hotel and lodging managers and a thirteen percent increase in casino hotel managers from 2008 to 2018, and a thirty-three percent increase in meeting convention and event planning jobs from 2012-2022.


Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students..

Graduation Requirements

Prior to taking HM 33050 Professional Practices in Hospitality Management in the junior year and HM 43092 Practicum in Hospitality Management, students must be admitted to the professional phase of the program. For admission to the professional phase, students need to provide documentation of the following to the Vacca Office of Student Services:

  • Minimum cumulative 2.000 GPA
  • Minimum 2.250 GPA in major coursework
  • First Aid certificate
  • CPR certificate
  • 400 hours of approved work hours within the hospitality industry
  • ServSafe® Certificate
  • Completion of the following course: HM 13022, 13023, 13024 and 23030

To graduate, students must have a minimum of 120 credits, minimum 39 upper-division hours, complete course requirements specified for the degree and meet all of the requirements listed above, including the minimum of 2.250 major GPA and 2.000 cumulative.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.


Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration


Student Organizations

Student chapters of the Club Managers Association of America, the Professional Convention Management Association and Eta Sigma Delta Honorary provide opportunities for students to network with industry professionals and engage in community services.


Advanced Degree Programs