Hospitality

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Hospitality Management assists you in preparing for a career in the food service industry. This online program is designed to increase your understanding of proper operational procedures including: purchasing and storage; food service sanitation; food preparation; legal and insurance requirements; and marketing and sales. Completion of this associate degree could also be used as a springboard to a bachelor’s level program.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • The history and development of the hospitality industry
  • Management of a hospitality business
  • Ethics and techniques of purchasing food and non-food items
  • Laws, insurance, and safety in the hospitality industry
  • Restaurant, hotel, and club marketing
  • Employment opportunities and industry trends

This online associate degree program in Hospitality Management requires you to complete a final course and undergo simulated exercises to demonstrate the expertise you’ve acquired by taking the program’s courses.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the career opportunities and future industry growth forecasts as they relate to the different segments of the Hospitality Industry.
  • Demonstrate food safety practices that will ensure safe food production from purchase to service.
  • Demonstrate application of theory and concepts as they relate to the various responsibilities of a foodservice manager.
  • Implement strategies to effectively manage and improve restaurant performance, based on operational theory and procedures.
  • Analyze hospitality operation processes and attributes and the legal implication of proper or improper management.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

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Restaurant Operations

Provides an introduction to food and beverage management operations, including: marketing, menu planning, logistical support, production, service, cost controls, and quality assurance. Also examines topics related to foodborne diseases and how to control them.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP101 - Foodservice Sanitation
  • HOSP200 - Food and Beverage Management
  • HOSP202 - Quantity Food Preparation
  • HOSP307 - Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.