Hospitality Management Degree

The Hospitality Management program provides students with the skills they need to succeed in a variety of hospitality management careers. As a Hospitality Management student, you will gain an understanding of the principles involved in leading a successful hospitality organization. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to practice those principles in applied courses and through an internship.

You can individualize the Hospitality Management degree program to fit the career field that most interests you. The program has a state-of-the art food service facility that houses a food production laboratory, a commercial kitchen and a multipurpose dining establishment that hosts the student-run Café at Eckles, a catering operation and a fine dining evening experience. The facility also provides a practice laboratory to conduct research focused on food and consumer behavior.

To provide students with other real-world experience, the program leverages “living laboratories” by partnering with University of Missouri facilities such as the University Club and Campus Dining Services. Sport and entertainment organizations such as Mizzou Athletics and MU Event Production Services also provide students with learning experiences beyond the classroom setting. The hotel and gaming industry in Columbia, Boonville, Kansas City and St. Louis provides students with training facilities to experience the work life for a hotel manager.

The business and managerial skills you will acquire while earning your Hospitality Management degree will prepare you for a number of careers, including:

Bachelor of Science Study Areas and Requirements


To customize the Hospitality Management program, students may choose to specialize in one of four areas: conference and event management, food and beverage management, lodging management or sports venue management.

  • 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 Food and Beverage Management option 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 professional manager.
  • 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 option provides specialized instruction in managing and operating sport 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.

 Key Facts about the Hospitality Management Program

  • 93% of seniors have a job upon graduation.
  • 63% of undergraduate students graduate in four years.
  • 45% of recent graduates are employed outside of Missouri.
  • 40% of our students graduate without debt.
  • $39,529 is the average starting salary for graduates.

 Hospitality Management Minor

The hospitality management minor provides students with a general understanding of the hospitality industry, and students gain general knowledge about managing a hotel, organizing an event, operating a sport or entertainment venue or running a food and beverage facility.