Hospitality management graduates manage restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other related hospitality businesses or plan social and corporate events that include food, beverage and lodging services. Sales management for food distribution companies or hotels and resorts are additional career paths for alumni. The National Restaurant Association projects the number of food service management positions to increase eight percent from 2010 to 2020. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a three percent increase in hotel and lodging managers and a thirteen percent increase in casino hotel managers from 2008 to 2018.
General admissions for freshman students: students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). Admission to a Regional campus is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Part-time early admission opportunities are available for qualified high school student in consultation with an advisor. In programs with special admission requirements, admission decisions and judgments are made by the director of the program following normal faculty consultative procedures and take into account factors such as life experience, level of motivation and concern for under-represented groups in the program, as well as such indicators as GPA or ACT score. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshman.
General admissions for transfer students: generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken few than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.
During the junior year and prior to taking HM 33050 Professional Practices in Hospitality Management and HM 43092 Practicum in Hospitality Management, student must provide documentation of the following graduation requirements to the Vacca Office of Student Services:
- Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
- Minimum 2.25 GPA in major coursework
- First Aid certificate
- CPR certificate
- 400 hours of approved work hours within the hospitality industry
- Ohio Certified Manager status
- Completion of the following course: HM 13022, 13023, 13024 and 23030
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
Student chapters of the Club Managers Association of America, the Professional Convention Management Association and Eta Sigma Delta Honorary provide opportunities for students to network with industry professionals and engage in community services.
Hospitality and Tourism Management (M.S.)