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Hospitality Management

Transform your passion for food, travel and event planning into the career of your dreams.

In Ohio State's Hospitality Management program, you learn from respected faculty and industry-leading professionals from central Ohio's top hospitality brands. You'll also put your skills to work through comprehensive in-class training and real-world opportunities. It's an experience you can only get at The Ohio State University.

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The Experience

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Columbus is one of the most innovative hospitality capitals in the United States, and Ohio State positions you right in the center of the growing industry.

It’s home to artisan restaurants, nationally acclaimed distilleries and high-end cocktail bars that will stimulate your senses for days. Global and boutique hotels help people to be at their best. A full service, 160,000-square-foot casino boasts unparalleled entertainment.

A major convention center hosts large-scale events year round, such as the largest fitness expo in the world. Columbus delivers an unforgettable experience perfect for pursuing your hospitality management degree at Ohio State.

Our partnerships with businesses and industry leaders in Central Ohio connect you to boundless opportunities to explore your interests and gain the skills you’ll need to start your career.

Student Voices

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PhD, Consumer Sciences
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BS, Hospitality Management
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BS, Hospitality Management

Faculty and Lecturers

A great educational experience is rigorous and supportive.

At Ohio State, who you learn from and are mentored by is an important distinction to the quality of your degree. The professors are not only here to teach you the industry but to inspire you to thrive in it. As a student, you'll also benefit by learning directly from industry professionals who serve the program as lecturers.

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Jay Kandampully

Qing “Stephanie” Liu

Stephanie Liu
Assistant Professor

Kim Bartley

Kim Bartley
Vice President of Marketing and Product Dev, White Castle

Mark Kelnhofer
President/CEO, Return on Ingredients

Anne Turpin

Anne Turpin
Senior Lecturer

David Wolf

David Wolf
Former Executive Chef at The Blackwell Inn


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With your Ohio State degree in hand, you will be ready for what's next in hospitality and tourism.

You’ll recognize problems and seize opportunities in one of the fastest growing industries. Your experience and preparation from Ohio State gives you the competitive edge that tells your future employers you’re ready for it all. And you won't be alone securing your first job. There are opportunities for internships, to network with hospitality professionals through the

Hospitality Management Association, and to closely work with faculty. You will also build your resume and put what you learn to the test through student-organized events. Our mentoring program and partnerships with employers will help prepare you as a future leader in the industry.

Research Opportunities

Service design. Service marketing. Consumer behavior.

For graduate students, these are just the beginning to the types of research opportunities you can explore at Ohio State. Our faculty are engaged in important hospitality management research to transform the field, such as customer experience, hospitality marketing, food service management, and relationship management. Their expertise will guide you to become a leader in your own right.

Current Graduate Student Research Interests Recent Faculty Publications



Contact our staff in Hospitality Management today.