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List of Notable Hotel Management Schools

by Amy Pearson

Hotel management programs train students in employee management, financial matters, hospitality laws, organizational techniques and other day-to-day operations, according to the College Board. Many colleges encompass hotel management training within a broader major known as hospitality and tourism management. This allows students to develop an in-depth and thorough understanding of all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Northeastern Schools

Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration has been training students for careers in hotel management since 1922. The school boasts over 60 industry-respected faculty members and state-of-the-art classrooms. Students gain valuable hotel management experience at the school’s on-campus hotel, Cornell's website reports. Fairleigh Dickinson University has two main New Jersey campuses, as well as multiple off-site hospitality businesses at which students can gain a thorough understanding of the hotel and tourism industry. FDU offers an undergraduate degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management as well as a master’s degree in hospitality management studies.

Western Schools

Washington State University offers an undergraduate hospitality business management major that teaches students about the management of lodging businesses. Course topics include event planning, consulting, food service, revenue and financial management and daily operations. Students also complete a 1,000-hour internship. Northern Arizona University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management offers a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management as well as a bachelor’s degree in international hospitality management. NAU’s website reports that more than 60 percent of HRM students secure employment by graduation. The school also offers graduate-level hotel management training. All of its students complete at least 1,200 internship hours.

Southern Schools

Rosen College of Hospitality Management is part of the University of Central Florida. The school offers a unique resort-style campus designed specifically for training hospitality managers. Rosen College offers six degrees, including bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in hospitality management. Course topics include hospitality management, lodging operations, finance, human resources and guest services management. The University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College offers a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management as well as a master's degree in hospitality management. Students study hotel gaming operations, safety and security, food services, lodging management, room and housekeeping management and hotel marketing, according to the Hilton College website.

Midwestern Schools

The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University trains prospective hotel managers through the school’s hands-on program. Students participate in special events and other leadership opportunities to gain on-the-job experience. They also participate in clubs and training groups, such as the student activities club known as The Hospitality Association. Iowa State University’s hospitality management program also offers hotel and hospitality management training courses. Students learn about dining services management, hospitality sanitation, safety, global tourism management, hospitality law, lodging operations, financial management and human resources management.

About the Author

Amy Pearson earned dual bachelor's degrees in management and horticulture. She is a licensed elementary teacher for kindergarten through sixth grades. Pearson specializes in flower and vegetable gardening, landscape design, education, early childhood and child development.

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