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Hospitality Management

The Hospitality Management program is the only four-year program in Ohio accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. The curriculum combines specialty classes in hospitality and business management, preparing graduates for well-compensated positions as managers in restaurants, hotels, conference centers, country clubs and other hospitality venues.

The Hospitality Management program offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.


A Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management prepares leaders for careers in major hospitality industry segments, through academic and research programs valuing quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches, and ethical principles.


A Master of Science in hospitality and tourism management is a combined master's degree that builds off of the Hospitality Management and Recreation, Park and Tourism Management undergraduate programs. The program develops students' critical analysis skills, research ability, and understanding of advanced hospitality and tourism issues.


The hospitality management industry is experiencing a period of large growth. The National Restaurant Association projects that the number of foodservice management positions to increase eight percent from 2010–2020. Nearly two million additional jobs are expected in restaurants and foodservice by 2016.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a three percent increase in hotel and lodging managers, and a 13 percent increase in casino hotel managers from 2008–2018.

Hospitality managers' salaries range from $40,000–$150,000 depending on experience, education, and the kind of hospitality property.



Schwebel Lecture

The 2017 Schwebel Lecture speaker was Karim Khalifa, Senior Vice President of Global Design Strategies for Marriott. The event took place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center KIVA, followed by a reception in the Ballroom Balcony.

As Senior Vice President of Marriott Global Design Strategies, Karim leads a dynamic, multidisciplinary team on a mission to shape more meaningful and relevant travel experiences for Marriott guests through design. In 2012, Karim’s goal was to understand and address the new millennial generation for the Marriott Hotels brand. This deep dive approach was a perfect match for launching Marriott’s innovation lab (The Underground), an underground collaborative design space where guest driven research comes to life — including the new award-winning design strategy for Marriott’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand. The same approach was leveraged to rapidly accelerate the launch of the new lifestyle budget brand Moxy for Europe, and now the US, as well as the import of the fashionable AC Hotel brand to the United States. 

Contact Information

Dr. Swathi Ravichandran
Program Coordinator