Department of Human Sciences

Hospitality Management

The Hospitality Management (HM) major prepares graduates for entry-level professional management positions in all segments of the industry, including hotels, restaurants, convention centers, and resorts.

What Will I Study?

The curriculum includes study in:

  • Basic nutrition
  • Basic food theory and application
  • Food production and management
  • Hotel operations
  • Human resource management and employee relations
  • Marketing
  • Purchasing
  • Menu planning
  • Public relations
  • Business and financial control

The hospitality program provides a balanced business and human resource-based curriculum, as well as two levels of internships. Placements for internships include full-service restaurants, major hotels, and resort settings.

What Are the Admissions Requirements?

Any current or transfer student at The Ohio State University with at least a 2.00 CUM GPA can apply to be admitted as a pre-major. Students starting in a pre-major can apply to the full major once they meet these requirements.

What Courses Might I Take?

Download a curriculum sheet to learn about the courses needed to complete this program.

What Can I do With a Degree in This Program?

Hospitality Management graduates are prepared to enter careers in food service, lodging, travel, or recreation. Within each segment of the hospitality industry, management positions are available in accounting, sales, engineering, housekeeping, catering, and guest services. The supply of graduates with a specialized focus on the hospitality industry is small compared to the demand of this growing industry.

Hospitality management graduates have a competitive edge over students with degrees in general programs not specifically focused on the industry. Salaries vary greatly depending on the business segment and graduate experience. Average entry-level salaries range from $30,000 to $35,000 per year. Experience, location, and organizational structure will directly affect salaries. Opportunities for advancement, with corresponding salaries, exist in each segment of the hospitality industry.

Why Choose This Program?

The Hospitality Management Association: is the student organization for Hospitality Management. HMA is dedicated to providing opportunities for professional activities for the HM students through field trips, professional meetings (Chicago, NY, state and local organizations in hospitality), co-curricular workshops and industry presentations (interviewing skills, “dress for success,” etc.). Advisor is Betty Kaye.

Hospitality Management Advisory Board: Each year, the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Hospitality Management program graduates 50–75 skilled individuals ready to work the front lines as managers in hotels, restaurants, resorts, and other hospitality and food service companies. Student placement has been 100% upon graduation over the last three years due to the students’ recognizable individual skills. The growth of the hospitality and tourism industry further supports the program's development.

The board is active in achieving the hospitality management program’s vision. The quarterly meetings are held at the facilities of our partners.

Who Are the Faculty In This Program?


  • Charles Davis
  • Betty Kaye