BS in Hospitality Management

Degree Program Description

A B.S. degree in Hospitality Management (HM) provides students with business and managerial skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of hospitality and venue management careers.  The curriculum includes core business principles, core hospitality management concepts, and advanced skills in one of the emphasis areas, Conference & Events Planning Management, Food & Beverage Management, Lodging Management, and Sports Venue Management.  The essence of these areas is that hospitality is about creating a unique and memorable experience for guests.  

The BS in Hospitality Management also has an online option. Information on the online BS program is available at Mizzou Online. 

The Conference and Event Management specialization equips students with the skills and knowledge they need to plan meetings, implement conferences and events and manage event operations and logistics. Students learn the basics of developing and running an event and get the opportunity to practice those skills through hands-on experience — whether planning a wedding, private party, business meeting, conference, fund-raising function, community event, festival or mega-event.

The Lodging Management emphasis equips students for careers as hotel general managers. For students who choose this specialization, the learning experience includes observing the global hotel industry’s development and learning every aspect — such as housekeeping, sales, marketing, finance and food and beverage outlet management — of managing a hotel. To enhance their in-classroom learning, students gain hands-on experience through managerial job shadowing and internships.

The Sports Venue Management emphasis provides specialized instruction in managing and operating sports venues as spaces for live entertainment, including sport and non-sport events. Students who successfully complete the Sports Venue Management curriculum will be prepared to assume leadership positions in the dynamic sports venue and entertainment industries.

The Food and Beverage Management emphasis teaches students food and beverage management principles, and students participate in hands-on experiences in food service settings to gain practical skills in food production, food safety, marketing, finance, and restaurant management. Students will learn how to operate a food service operation as an entrepreneur or a professional manager.

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Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management are required to complete all University general educationUniversity undergraduate requirements, as well as departmental and emphasis area requirements, including the following selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

A grade of C- or higher is required for all business core, hospitality core, emphasis area, and professional elective courses.  Please see the BS in Hospitality Management page for the major program requirements.

Foundational Courses
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
F_S 1030Food Science and Nutrition3
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH 1100College Algebra ( )3
or MATH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning
Degree core requirements
Business
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
or AG_ED_LD 2260 Team and Organizational Leadership
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2010 Introduction to Accounting
FINANC 2000Survey of Business Finance3
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing3
Hospitality Management Core
HSP_MGMT 1100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HSP_MGMT 2100Hospitality Law3
HSP_MGMT 2190Seminar in Professional Development1
HSP_MGMT 3100Service Management3
HSP_MGMT 4100WHospitality Human Resources Management - Writing Intensive3
HSP_MGMT 4110Hospitality Sales and Marketing Management3
HSP_MGMT 4180Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry3
HSP_MGMT 4993Internship in Hospitality Management3

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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 11003AG_ED_LD 22203 
F_S 10303Physical Science, Biological Science with LAB3 
MATH 1100 or 10503State Law Course3 
ENGLSH 10003Professional Elective3 
Humanities3Unrestricted Elective3 
 15 15  
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
HSP_MGMT 21003HSP_MGMT 21901 
ABM 10413MANGMT 30003 
AG_ED_LD 2250 or 22603ACCTCY 20363 
Professional Elective3Emphasis Area Course3 
Physical Science, Biological Science, or Math3Math Reasoning Proficiency3 
 Unrestricted Elective3 
 15 16  
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
HSP_MGMT 31003MANGMT 30003HSP_MGMT 49933
FINANC 20003HSP_MGMT 4100W3 
ABM 10423Emphasis Area Course3 
Emphasis Area Course3Professional Elective3 
Unrestricted Elective 3Humanities3 
 15 15 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
HSP_MGMT 41803Emphasis Area Course3 
HSP_MGMT 41103Professional Elective 3 
Emphasis Area Course3Professional Elective3 
Unrestricted Elective5Unrestricted Elective3 
 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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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