Department of Human Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

The bachelor's degree in hospitality management prepares you for professional management careers in the hospitality-tourism industry. You'll gain real-world experience at Ohio State and gain valuable skills that will position you for success. With opportunities for multiple internships and substantial support from the Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board, our program develops students into future hospitality management leaders.

"The Hospitality Management program at The Ohio State University is built to give its students the best education. We are provided continuous hands-on experience through the university and positively pushed by our professors to put ourselves out there. Not only that, but we are given countless opportunities to learn from today's industry professionals. This type of learning environment will continue to develop well-rounded students and future industry leaders."

Alexandra Carsonie, 2015 expected graduation
BS student, Hospitality Management


Hospitality Management

The hospitality program provides a balanced business, management, people, service and operations-based curriculum. Your studies will include:

  • Intro to Hospitality Management
  • Hotel Systems Management
  • Food Production and Management
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Service Management
  • Casino Operations Management
  • Special Events Planning and Management
  • Business and Financial Controls
  • Principles of Tourism
  • Strategic Management

View the Bachelor's Curriculum

Students who graduate from Ohio State with a degree in Hospitality Management have a competitive edge over those with degrees not specifically focused on the industry.

Ohio State is cultivating the next generation of leaders in hospitality management who are passionate to serve others - to put smiles on their faces and offer them an experience to remember.

The undergraduate program in Hospitality Management teaches a comprehensive curriculum balanced in business, management, people, service and operations. And no matter where your interests lie - be it food, event planning, accounting or guest services - you'll learn management skills that can be applied in a variety of career paths.

Hospitality management students can get involved in a variety of events such as the Big Dish, Hospitality Listens, a speaker series featuring industry experts, internships or a mentor program that connects students with hospitality partners.

With resources like these and an engaged faculty, you'll have all you need to become a successful hospitality management professional.

Career Paths

The demand for professionally trained hospitality managers continues to grow and is expected to grow well into the 21st century.

Our graduates seek careers in hotels, restaurants, event planning agencies, travel, recreation and other people- and service-oriented organizations. These management professions include:

  • Accounting
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Food and Beverage
  • Catering
  • Guest Services

Program Requirements

Prerequisites: Minimum 2.0 GPA, 15 OSU credit hours, MATH 1130 or higher
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 120
Coursework: Hospitality management, food and beverage management, food service and hotel operations, consumer sciences
Course requirements: University courses (46-50 hours), department courses (13 hours), major courses (25 hours), advanced major courses (11 hours) supporting courses (12 hours), electives (8-12)
Academic opportunities: Hospitality Management Association - This student organization provides professional development opportunities through trips, meetings, co-curricular workshops and industry presentations. Anne Turpin, advisor.


Milos Bujisic, PhD, Assistant Professor
Jay Kandampully, PhD, Professor
Soobin Seo, PhD, Assistant Professor


Kim Bartley
Vanja Bogicevic
Heather Buck
Charles Davis
Marc Dullin
Melissa Johnson
Mark Kelnhofer
Craig Lomonico
Anne Turpin


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