Chef Ed Hoegler, a lecturer in Foundation, leadership and administration teaches a cooking class to hospitality management students.

The Hospitality Management program is the only four-year program in Ohio accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. The curriculum combines specialty classes in hospitality and business management, preparing graduates for well-compensated positions as managers in restaurants, hotels, conference centers, country clubs and other hospitality venues.

The Hospitality Management program offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Rocco Whalen Former "Fat Chef" Rocco Whalen of Cleveland's Fahrenheit restaurant spoke about his journey as a chef and his love for inventing and sustaining American cuisine on Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the Ritchie Hall Theater at Kent State University. This free event was sponsored by the Schwebel Baking Company. It was organized by the faculty and students in the Hospitality Management program at Kent State.

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A Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management prepares leaders for careers in major hospitality industry segments, through academic and research programs valuing quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches, and ethical principles.


A Master of Science in hospitality and tourism management is a combined master's degree that builds off of the Hospitality Management and Recreation, Park and Tourism Management undergraduate programs. The program develops students' critical analysis skills, research ability, and understanding of advanced hospitality and tourism issues.

Industry Facts

The hospitality management industry is experiencing a period of large growth. The National Restaurant Association projects that the number of foodservice management positions to increase eight percent from 2010–2020. Nearly two million additional jobs are expected in restaurants and foodservice by 2016.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a three percent increase in hotel and lodging managers, and a 13 percent increase in casino hotel managers from 2008–2018.

Hospitality managers' salaries range from $40,000–$150,000 depending on experience, education, and the kind of hospitality property.

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