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Oklahoma State University

Hospitality and Tourism Management

What You Will Learn

To meet the needs of the industry, the curriculum emphasizes professional and general education. The professional area includes courses in accounting, law, cost controls, revenue management, and economics. Courses in service management, food and beverage production, purchasing and control, facility management and design, sales and marketing, front office management, and advanced hotel and restaurant management are also included.

You will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience volunteering with student-led and other events such as: Wine Forum of Oklahoma, the Distinguished Chef Scholarship Benefit Series, Craft Beer Forum, Hospitality Days Career Fair, Hospitality Legal Summit, and the Hotel Investment Conference.

Successful completion of 480 hours of industry work experience and a 320-hour management internship are required. Internship placement in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, and tourism-related establishments is arranged globally in cooperation with industry executives and the OSU faculty.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include lodging and resort management, food and beverage management, conference and event planning management, club management, and tourism development. Other opportunities include revenue management, hospitality training and development, and hospitality related entrepreneurial endeavors.

The OSU Distinction

The program was recently ranked #22 in the world for Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools by CEOWORLD magazine. DegreeQuery.com ranked the program #6 in the U.S. for Top Colleges for Hospitality and Hotel Management Degrees.

Internships/Clubs

The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is a professional society that promotes careers related to private club management. Members have opportunities to develop professional and academic relationships with other student and professional members nationwide. CMAA raises money through catering events, which helps subsidize costs for national and local trips, as well as gives students real life work experiences.

Hospitality Days is an activity which helps students gain hands-on experience by planning and managing the school’s annual Hospitality Days. This two-day event includes educational programs by industry professionals, a career fair, an honors banquet, and interviews for internships and jobs.

The Hospitality Society is an association which encourages friendship among students as a means of exploring career opportunities in the fields of hospitality and tourism. The organization also promotes cooperation among students and industry professionals while encouraging the highest ethical standards.

A required management internship provides valuable work experience prior to graduation.

Alumni

  • Keith Ashburn, COO at 12 Oaks Senior Living (Richardson, TX)
  • David Egan, Director of Operations at Cattlemen's Steakhouse (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Gary Goldman, President and Co-Founder of Cultivar Mexican Kitchen (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Mike Hamblin, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Red River Tea Company (Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX)
  • Roger Helms, Founder & CEO at HelmsBriscoe (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Ken Kinzer, Owner of Bridgestone Cleaners (Brooklyn, NY)
  • David North, General Manager at Flint Hills National Golf (Andover, KS)
  • Peter McMahon, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency (Atlanta, GA)
  • Andrew Mungul, Director of Development Operations for Coury Hospital (Kansas City, MO)
  • Paige Shepherd, Director of Corporate Development and Tourism at the Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Nick Starns, General Manager of Island Hospitality Management (Exeter, NH); watch Nick's video
  • Robert Watson, General Manager of Hilton Austin (Austin, TX)

Facilities 

A new educational facility unites technology with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and exhibit areas. Specific academic spaces include: quantity food preparation areas with commercial equipment, dining room management and table service laboratory, quick service restaurant, basic food preparation laboratory, demonstration classroom, and the Hirst Center for Beverage Education.

Rankings

The program was recently ranked #22 in the world for Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools by CEOWORLD magazine. DegreeQuery.com ranked the program #6 in the U.S. for Top Colleges for Hospitality and Hotel Management Degrees.