How do I declare a major in hospitality management?

If you are already enrolled at Kent State University and are changing your major OR if you are a transfer student from another university, please make an appointment with the hospitality management advisor in the VACCA office, 304 White Hall. Please ask the receptionist for a Change of Program form.


How do I set up an appointment to see an academic advisor to review the requirements in the hospitality major and discuss career opportunities?

  1. The hospitality management program is housed in White Hall. Please stop by 316 White Hall or call 330-672-2013.
  2. To make an appointment with the hospitality management advisor in the VACCA office, please use the Advisor Appointment Scheduling System.
  3. All hospitality management majors are required to meet with the advisor in the VACCA office once a semester. Otherwise, a hold will be placed on the student's account and the student will not be able to register for classes for the following semester.  

Class Size

How large will classes be in my major? Will I be known as only a 'student number' by my professors?

Major classes in the hospitality management program range from 15 to 50 students. A top priority for hospitality management faculty is to be available for consultation and develop professional relationships with each of their majors.


What types of jobs do hospitality management majors secure after graduation?

Data collected over the last 15 years indicates that graduates are gainfully employed in the following positions:

  • Event and meeting planner
  • Hotel and resort manager
  • Sales and marketing representative for hospitality businesses
  • Club manager, including general managers
  • Casino manager
  • Convention manager
  • Amusement park manager


I know completing an internship or practicum will significantly increase my professional success after graduation. Are internships available if I choose to enroll in the program?

  1. At Kent State, we enjoy close ties with industry and assist students in seeking a wide range of excellent practicums for students during their senior year. These professional training experiences are faculty supervised, and are planned to develop students' management skills in the industry.
  2. In addition, many of these students retained full-time management positions after graduation with these businesses.

Starting Salaries

What are the starting salaries for graduates of the hospitality management program?

Recent graduates in management positions are receiving starting salaries of $30,000. Graduates who have progressed in their careers are reporting salaries of $50,000 to more than $100,000.

Student Organizations

What student organizations may I become involved with as a hospitality management major?

  1. The Kent State University Student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) meets weekly throughout the school year. Members also are invited to attend meetings of the Greater Cleveland chapter of CMAA.
  2. The Kent State University chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is open to all Kent State University students interested in pursuing a career in the growing meetings and events industry. Students participate in various fundraising events; go on tours of hotels, conference and convention centers; listen to industry leaders; and attend the annual convention that provides networking and career opportunities.
  3. Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 and above and graduate students with a GPA of 3.5 and above are invited to join the Kent State University chapter of Eta Sigma Delta (ESD), an honors society for students majoring in hospitality-related disciplines.
  4. Chefology is an open organization available to those who have a heightened sense of culinary curiosity and interest. This club meets to discuss cuisine in depth, cook using elevated techniques and experience flavors from not-so-obvious sources.
“My degree has opened many doors for my career and allowed me to network internationally. The hospitality program encouraged me to explore and develop my passions. Being a student at Kent State University gave me priceless opportunities for growth. Student organizations allowed me to share my passions with other students.”
– Ashley Foster
Brimfield Bread Oven