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Online Colleges for Hospitality Management

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Sources and Methodologies

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer an undergraduate degree (either associate or bachelor's) in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on five criteria:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  5. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015

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Travel, tourism and hospitality have a presence in all states, although it’s likely to be a larger part of a state’s economy in surf-and-sand spots like Hawaii, California or Florida, convention center cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas or Chicago, and business hubs like New York City, Dallas or Seattle. Positions in the hospitality industry cover a broad spectrum of career opportunities from lodging managers, and meeting and event planners to CEOs. Much of the training for those in the hospitality industry comes from hands-on experience, and that can make moving up through the ranks easier than it might be in other professions. However, a degree in hospitality management could be beneficial to helping you advance more quickly or in having an edge when it comes to a coveted position.

Best Online Colleges for Hospitality Management in 2018

The best online colleges for hospitality management may not be the schools you think. OnlineColleges.com used a methodology analyzing factors such as graduation rates, program prominence and admission rates and found many of the top schools are smaller universities and community colleges. That's good news for students seeking an affordable education. Here's a closer look at all of the top ten schools for online hospitality management degrees.

1

Albany Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,652
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
57.70%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
2-year

Its campus may be in Albany, Georgia, but students from all over can study hospitality management at Albany Technical College. The school rose to the top of OnlineColleges.com rankings as a result of its high admissions rate and the prominence of its hospitality management program (meaning how many degrees it awards in that subject area out of all degrees awarded).

Albany Technical College admits 100 percent of applicants, which ties it for the top spot in that metric. An open admissions policy is a positive for busy adults who don't want to wait to start their studies. Plus, the college ranks second when it comes to prominence. More than 10 percent of all the degrees awarded by the school in 2015 were in the field of hospitality management.

Online students can select from two programs. Both a Diploma in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and an Associate in Applied Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management are offered online.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges

Location:

1704 S. Slappey Blvd.
Albany, GA 31701
2

Central Texas College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,940
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52.93%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41
School Type
2-year

Founded in 1965 on a single campus, Central Texas College has grown to offer classes at multiple Texas locations, in Europe and the Pacific Far East as well as online. Its 100 percent admittance rate helped propel it up the OnlineColleges.com rankings for best online colleges for hospitality management. It also landed in the number ten spot when it comes to the prominence of its program.

Online hospitality management degrees at Central Texas College include the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management - Food & Beverage Management Specialization
  • Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management - Hotel Management Specialization
  • Certificate in Hospitality Management - Food & Beverage Management
  • Certificate in Hospitality Management - Property Management Advanced
  • Certificate in Hospitality Management - Rooms Division

Like other AAS degrees, these programs are intended to help students move directly into the workforce after graduation. Meanwhile, the certificates may be appropriate for students who want specialized instruction in a specific area.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

P.O. Box 1800
3

Northern Arizona University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,075
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40.55%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
71
School Type
4-year

Northern Arizona University is the highest ranked school where students can earn an online bachelor's degree in hospitality management. Its Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management combines an industry-focused core curriculum with more general business class requirements. It is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. That's a recognition fewer than 20 percent of hospitality programs have achieved.

While Northern Arizona University does not have an open admissions policy, it did admit nearly 81 percent of applicants in 2014. That gives it the number three ranking for this metric. The school also ranked 9th for both prominence and its graduation rate. More than 51 percent of students graduated on-time in 2014.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

Location:

1900 S. Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
4

Florida International University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,556
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52.91%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

Florida International University is the most competitive school on this top ten list of best online colleges for hospitality management. It admitted only 52 percent of applicants in 2014. However, those that do make the cut get access to a highly regarded program. It's offered through the university's well-known Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Students earning the online BS in Hospitality Management can choose from one of the following six concentrations:

  • Beverage Management
  • Culinary Management
  • Hotel/Lodging Management
  • Restaurant/Foodservice Management
  • Event Management
  • Travel and Tourism Management

The university get high marks for its graduation rate which is the sixth highest out of 47 rankings for that metric. Florida International University is also ranked sixth for the prominence of its program.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges

Location:

11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
5

NHTI Concord's Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,104
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22.63%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
2-year

As part of the community college system of New Hampshire, NHTI Concord's Community College welcomes 100 percent of its applicants. That means students can quickly get to work earning the school's online Associate of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree. As part of the degree program, they can complete electives for one of the following certificates:

  • Hotel Administration
  • Event/Conference Management
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Wedding Planning Management

NHTI Concord's Community College has also arranged for 12 internship sites for its travel and tourism and hotel management students. Upon graduation, students can transfer to a four-year school to complete an online bachelor's degree in hospitality management or enter the workforce immediately.

In addition to its strong admissions ranking, NHTI Concord's Community College ranked high in the prominence of its program, according to the OnlineColleges.com analysis.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Location:

31 College Drive
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
6

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,666
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
59.16%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
2-year

Tompkins Cortland Community College is another two-year school that excels in providing online hospitality management degrees. It earned the No. six spot on this list because of its open admissions policy and its prominent hospitality program.

Although its campus is in Dryden, New York, students from all over can earn an online Associate in Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. The degree is one of the school's innovative Farm to Bistro academic programs which encourages the use of fresh ingredients within the hospitality industry.

The associate degree program at Tompkins Cortland Community College is intended for those planning to move directly into the workforce after graduation. However, it is possible to transfer credits to a four-year program. Alumni of the school have gone on to work in management at distinguished locations such as The Waldorf-Astoria and The Cherokee Country Club of Atlanta.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York

Location:

170 North St, P.O. Box 139
Dryden, NY 13053
7

Stratford University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$15,135
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49.17%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

At Stratford University, students can choose from both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The school has campuses in Virginia, Maryland and even India. Plus, there are blended and fully online programs available. For the hospitality management student, the online choices include the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management - Hotel and Restaurant Management Concentration
  • Master of Science in International Hospitality Management

In the OnlineColleges.com rankings, Stratford University earned high rankings for its 100 percent admissions rate as well as the prominence of its program. More than 7 percent of all the degrees it awarded in 2014 were in the field of hospitality management. That placed the school third out of 47 institutions for that metric.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Location:

3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030
8

Chemeketa Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,230
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32.83%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
2-year

Based in Salem, Oregon, Chemeketa Community College received a solid score for the prominence of its hospitality management program. What's more, its open admission policy has it tied for first place when it comes to accessibility.

Its online program includes a number of hospitality and tourism management programs. These include the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Event Management Certificate
  • Food and Beverage Management Certificate
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate
  • Lodging Management Certificate
  • Tourism and Travel Management Certificate

The certificates may be completed in one year or less. Meanwhile, the associate degree typically requires two years of study. All programs are intended to help graduates quickly move into work in the fast-growing tourism and hospitality industry.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Location:

4000 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, Oregon 97309
9

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,825
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30.10%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28
School Type
2-year

As an early adopter of online education, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has ample experience in delivering its programs over the internet. The school launched its distance education outreach in 1995. Today, more than 200 courses and several degree programs can be found online.

Among those is the Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management. The degree combines business and hospitality classes to prepare students for a job in the field. Some students also transfer their credits and go on to earn an online bachelor's degree in hospitality management from a four-year institution.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College earned its spot on this ranking of the best online colleges in hospitality management because of its 100 percent admission rate and the prominence of its degree program.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati OH 45223-2690
10

East Carolina University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,580
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42.46%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
56
School Type
4-year

East Carolina University rounds out the top ten for this list of best schools for online hospitality management degrees. The school has an online bachelor's degree in hospitality management for distance learners. However, this is a degree completion program so students must earn an associate degree or complete a comparable number of credits before beginning their online coursework.

The school's program awards a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Within the program, there are three concentrations:

  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Lodging Management
  • Conventions and Special Events Management

While East Carolina University doesn't admit all students, it did accept 77 percent of applicants in 2014. That ranked it seventh for that metric. The university also has the highest graduation rate on this top ten list. In 2014, nearly 60 percent of students graduated on-time, giving it the No. three spot overall for that factor.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

East 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858

Degree Overview: Hospitality Management

From hotels to casinos to restaurants to events, the hospitality industry is a fast-paced, rewarding profession that requires strong business acumen. Students who enroll in online colleges for hospitality management have the opportunity to explore many areas of the field and gain several invaluable skills along the way.

Online Hospitality Management Courses

Hospitality management is a diverse field, so it's not surprising online hospitality management degrees have similarly diverse curriculums. Although the exact coursework that students can expect to complete depends on the school they enroll in, below are examples of classes that may be available in a hospitality management program.

  • Casino management: Students in this course may learn about the history of the gaming industry, mathematics and statistics of casino games, laws that govern the field and strategies for marketing casinos.
  • Hotel management: These classes involve learning about the day-to-day operations of hotels and motels. Specific coursework might address how reservation systems work, expense control strategies, housekeeping and laundry management, food and beverage services, and labor productivity.
  • Restaurant management: This course teaches the fundamentals of running a restaurant, from food purchasing to customer service to staffing. Specific topics covered may include sanitation, marketing strategies, cost control measures, revenue controls and the challenges managers face when running start up or established restaurants.
  • Beverage management: These courses address how those in the hospitality industry manage alcoholic beverages in their establishments. For example, students may learn about applicable liquor laws, alcohol product marketing, quality assessment strategies for liquor products, and the social and health effects of alcohol consumption.
  • Event and meeting management: Students who take this class are introduced to the mechanics of how meetings, conferences and other events are planned from start to finish. The course may cover topics such as site selection, catering and banquet management, preparing event proposals, organizing events with sustainability in mind and security procedures.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

Online education for hospitality management can teach graduates a number of skills to help them deal with the rigors of the field. The following are some examples of these skills.

  • Customer service: The health of a hospitality business is dependent on the satisfaction of its patrons, so it's imperative to develop strong customer service skills. Whether they work in a hotel, convention center or restaurant, hospitality managers need the ability to make their patrons feel comfortable, foster a relationship that inspires loyalty and deal with problems when customers are dissatisfied.
  • Flexibility: Workers in the hospitality field are required to work irregular schedules, so flexibility -- and a strong sense of work-life balance -- is a must. It's not unusual for people in this field to work long shifts during weekdays, as well as weekends and holidays, so employers look for those who can easily adapt to schedules that may change from one week to the next.
  • Stamina: Hospitality jobs often require workers to remain on their feet for long hours or move around to multiple locations throughout the course of a shift. In order to keep up, physical stamina is necessary, which may be developed through the hands-on work experience of an internship.
  • Problem-solving: When dealing with a lot of guests, all with their own conflicting needs and schedules, it's inevitable that problems will arise. Hospitality professionals need to think quickly in order to solve such issues to their customers' satisfaction.

Hospitality Management Career Outlook

Lodging Managers
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$59,410
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
5,100
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
5.9
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent

Whether someone's on vacation or a business trip, chances are a lodging manager's work has made the trip a lot more pleasant. Those who enter lodging manager careers are responsible for ensuring that guests at motels, hotels, casinos, lodges and bed and breakfasts have an enjoyable stay. Daily responsibilities of these professionals include ensuring that rooms and public areas of an establishment are clean; hiring, training and supervising staff; decorating the property; and creating budgets and making sure they are adhered to.

In order to gain employment as a lodging manager, hopefuls are generally required to obtain a degree in hospitality or hotel management. Professionals in this field may want to consider specializing in a specific area of the business by becoming revenue, front office or general managers.

Food Service Managers
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$56,010
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
36,700
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
8.8
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent

People who work in food service manager careers have diverse employment options, including restaurants, school cafeterias and hotels. The job duties of this position usually include negotiating prices with food and equipment suppliers, overseeing staff, managing food preparation and portion sizes and enforcing quality and safety standards. In addition, this position requires someone to have strong customer service abilities, as food service managers may also greet guests and field complaints about service and food.

Candidates for the food service management profession should be proficient in a number of skills, such as written and verbal communication, leadership, problem solving and training abilities. In addition, these workers must be able to function under stressful conditions because they often work long hours and are required to deal with unhappy customers.

Travel Guides
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$35,930
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
700
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
5.5
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent

Travel guides work with customers who are interested in taking long-distance trips, expeditions and tours. These professionals are responsible for helping clients with several aspects of their travel arrangements, including itineraries, accommodations, sightseeing, transportation and shopping. In addition, travel guides must ensure that their customers are safe, so they may need to hire qualified medical professionals for a trip, or if they are acting as a tour guide, be able to administer first aid themselves.

People who pursue travel guide careers should have sales, communication, customer service, listening, accounting and negotiation skills. Also, they should know how to use basic software like Microsoft Office and more specialized programs used in the travel industry.

Meeting, Convention and Event Planners
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$52,020
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
15,000
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
10.2
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree

Beginning a meeting, convention or event planner career generally includes obtaining a degree in hospitality and tourism or meeting and event management. Some employers may also expect job candidates to have one or two years of planning or hospitality experience.

In addition, some employers prefer to hire those who have obtained professional certifications. For example, the Convention Industry Council and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals offer credentials that can help job seekers demonstrate their expertise and stand out from the competition.

Meeting, convention and event planners have diverse responsibilities, including meeting with clients to find out their needs; choose venues based on clients' preferences; obtaining and reviewing bids from service providers; and hiring and supervising staff.

Sources and Methodologies