Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management provides a foundation of research, critical thinking, and writing skills, along with the practical know-how required for success in global hospitality workplaces. This online degree program is helpful if you want to manage or own a restaurant, or seek entry- to mid-management positions in the event planning, lodging and travel destination, and tourism fields. You’ll be taught by experienced faculty, many who draw on their own experiences in hospitality to share their knowledge of industry best practices used around the world today. 

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 bachelor’s degree program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Professionalism and customer service
  • History, trends, and job opportunities
  • Managerial accounting and revenue management
  • Dynamic pricing, profitability, and taxes
  • Rules, regulations, and laws of hospitality
  • Marketing techniques and best practices
  • Management, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Service quality planning and improvement
  • Human resource fundamentals and management
  • Food sanitation, including foodborne disease control and hygiene

To complete this online bachelor’s degree program, you will participate in a senior seminar to show your mastery of hospitality management. This senior seminar offers the option of completing a student-found internship in the industry of your choice.

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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:

  • Apply concepts and principles of hospitality service excellence in marketing, law, revenue management and strategic planning, to the unique aspects of hospitality operations.
  • Judge current political, economic, and social issues that affect food service, lodging and travel and tourism industries.
  • Apply strategic management principles to accomplish goals and objectives of hospitality operations.
  • Assess unique hospitality characteristics and principles that are the business of hospitality management.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

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.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Food Service

Examines current trends, issues, and challenges in the food service industry, such as the layout, design, equipment, and human engineering involved in a food service facility. Topics include cost control, dietary guidelines, table service, and the history and culture of wine.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP200 - Food and Beverage Management
  • HOSP201 - Restaurant Operations Management
  • HOSP203 - Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing
  • HOSP304 - Nutrition in the Food Service Industry
  • HOSP314 - Foodservice Trends and Challenges
  • HOSP316 - History and Culture of Wine
  • HOSP202 - Quantity Food Preparation
  • HOSP319 - Foodservice Facilities Design
  • HOSP307 - Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations
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Lodging

Evaluates the scope and diversity of the lodging industry and its contribution to a global society. Looks at marketing concepts, guest liability laws, and various career options in lodging, as well as the necessary partnerships among lodging organizations, convention centers, and convention bureaus.  

Sample Courses

  • HOSP320 - Business and Conference Hospitality Mgmt
  • HOSP325 - Revenue Management for the Hospitality Industry
  • HOSP328 - International Hotel Management
  • HOSP350 - Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry
  • HOSP355 - Loss Prevention and Security Management
  • HOSP203 - Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing
  • HOSP206 - Introduction to Lodging Management
  • HOSP309 - Convention Sales and Services
  • HOSP310 - Management of Lodging Operations
  • HOSP322 - Managing Housekeeping Operations
  • HOSP307 - Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations
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Meeting and Event Planning

Provides a thorough overview of the meeting, exposition, and convention industry, including the environmental concerns involved in event management. Courses cover industry organizations, such as convention bureaus, as well as emergency preparedness, liability and insurance, and the use of technology.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP320 - Business and Conference Hospitality Mgmt
  • HOSP350 - Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry
  • HOSP415 - Destinations and Cultures
  • HOSP308 - Meeting and Convention Planning
  • HOSP309 - Convention Sales and Services
  • HOSP410 - Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • HOSP413 - Meeting and Event Risk Management
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Tourism

Explores essential tourism topics, including revenue management, forecasting, budgeting, pricing and inventory management, service quality, ethics, and technology. Delves into the operation of hospitality facilities, such as operating costs, building system characteristics, and engineering/maintenance.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP212 - Fundamentals of Tourism Management
  • HOSP311 - Club Management
  • HOSP323 - Introduction to Parks and Recreation
  • HOSP412 - Destinations Management and Marketing
  • HOSP415 - Destinations and Cultures
  • HOSP313 - Theory and Concepts of Leisure
  • HOSP410 - Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • HOSP205 - Tourism and Travel Industry
  • HOSP215 - Cruise Line 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.