BS in Hospitality Management

Degree Program Description

A B.S. degree in Hospitality Management (HM) prepares graduates with business and managerial skills to succeed in a wide variety of hospitality management careers. The curriculum includes core hospitality business principles, hospitality management concepts, and advanced skills in a variety of industry segments, such as events and conferences, hotels and lodging, restaurant management, sport venue and entertainment management.

Program requirements provide students with the opportunity to become employed in a variety of segments in hospitality industry. Students will analyze why cost-control is essential while being able to optimize business’ revenue through revenue management. Students will also learn how events and meetings contribute to the entire hospitality industry while the entertainment market is evolving as an important industry segment. Students will also learn basic food production, which is important knowledge and skills when students become a general manager of hotels, restaurants, or venues because food cannot be separated from the hospitality industry. The program also offers several industry-specific courses as professional electives such as gaming management, club management, beverage management, sports venue management, and many other courses.

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management are required to complete all University general educationUniversity graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which also fulfill University general education requirements.

Students in Hospitality Management are required to earn a C- grade in all core courses and professional electives.

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like to information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.

Foundational Courses
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
F_S 1030Food Science and Nutrition3
or BIO_SC 1010 General Principles and Concepts of Biology
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 1100College Algebra (required for Food & Beverage Emphasis)3
or MATH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning
Hospitality Management Core Requirements (minimum grade of C-)
HSP_MGMT 1100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HSP_MGMT 2100Hospitality Law3
HSP_MGMT 2190Seminar in Professional Development1
HSP_MGMT 3100Guest Service Management3
HSP_MGMT 3200Conference and Meeting Management3
HSP_MGMT 3300Food Production Management3
HSP_MGMT 3310Food Service Budgeting and Controls3
HSP_MGMT 3400Lodging Operations and Management3
HSP_MGMT 4100WHospitality Human Resources Management - Writing Intensive3
HSP_MGMT 4110Hospitality and Tourism Marketing3
HSP_MGMT 4180Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry3
HSP_MGMT 4400Hospitality Finance Management3
HSP_MGMT 4500Management and Promotion of Live Entertainment 3
HSP_MGMT 4580WSport Venue and Facility Management - Writing Intensive3
HSP_MGMT 4993Internship in Hospitality Management3
Other Core Requirements (minimum grade of C-)
FINANC 2000Survey of Business Finance3
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2010 Introduction to Accounting
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
or AG_ED_LD 2260 Team and Organizational Leadership
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
Total Credits70

Accelerated BS to MS in Food and Hospitality Systems

The accelerated BS to MS in Food and Hospitality Systems allows students to complete a bachelors and masters degree within five years.  Students will need to select the Hospitality Management track in the MS in Food and Hospitality Systems.  Eligible students will need to complete at least 90 credit hours, (including all general education and academic course requirements), with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (3.5 or higher in HM-required courses).  Each student will be accepted by at least one graduate faculty advisor who will advise and mentor the student from when they are a Provisional Graduate Student (year 1) until completion of the MS program.  Once students complete 120 credit hours, they will be conferred the BS degree.  

Students accepted to the program may enroll in 12-15 credit hours of graduate level courses, (7000 or 8000 level), during their Provisional Graduate Student year that will count towards both their BS and MS degrees as shared credits.  18 credit hours of graduate credit will be completed during their Graduate Student year (year 2) for a total of 30-33 graduate credit hours.  At least 15 credit hours must be at the 8000 level or higher.

Total credits required for graduation must be at least 138 total credit hours.

  • Total undergraduate credits: 120
  • Total dual credits: 12-15
  • Total graduate credits: 30
First Year (as Provisional Graduate Student)12-15
7000 level courses 112-15
Second Year (as Graduate Student)15-18
STAT 7070Statistical Methods for Research3
F_S 8402Research Methods in Food Science2
F_S 8087Seminar in Food Science1
F_S 8090Research in Food Science6
8000 level courses 16

Requirements for Thesis/Non-Thesis

Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option.  Students must take at least 6 credit hours of research credit (F_S 8090 or AG_S_TCH 8090) for either option.  

Thesis Option: Students conduct independent research on a topic approved by the students advisor and graduate committee.  Students present and defend their theses, and complete a manuscript on their research that is suitable for publication at the end of their program.

Non-Thesis Option: Students conduct independent research on a topic approved by the students advisor and graduate committee.  Students present their research and write a technical report on their research at the end of their program.

Students may enroll in 1 credit hour of internship (F_S 7941) and participate in an on-site industry internship during the second year of their program.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
HSP_MGMT 11003HSP_MGMT 21003 
F_S 10303AGSC_COM 22203 
MATH 1100 or 10503Biological or Physical Science with Lab3 
ENGLSH 10003Missouri State Law Requirement3 
Humanities & Fine Arts3Professional Elective3 
 15 15  
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ABM 10413HSP_MGMT 21901 
AG_ED_LD 2250 or 22603HSP_MGMT 31003 
FINANC 20003HSP_MGMT 32003 
Professional Elective3ACCTCY 20363 
Biological, Physical or Mathematical Science3MANGMT 30003 
 Professional Elective3 
 15 16  
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
HSP_MGMT 33103HSP_MGMT 33003HSP_MGMT 49933
HSP_MGMT 41103HSP_MGMT 34003 
ABM 10423HSP_MGMT 4100W3 
Professional Elective3Humanities & Fine Arts3 
Unrestricted Elective 3Unrestricted Elective3 
 15 15 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
HSP_MGMT 41803HSP_MGMT 44003 
HSP_MGMT 45003HSP_MGMT 4580W3 
Professional Elective3Professional Elective3 
Unrestricted Elective3Unrestricted Elective3 
Unrestricted Elective2  
 14 12  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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