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Hospitality

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Hospitality Management assists you in preparing for a career in the food service industry. This online program is designed to increase your understanding of proper operational procedures including: purchasing and storage; food service sanitation; food preparation; legal and insurance requirements; and marketing and sales. Completion of this associate degree could also be used as a springboard to a bachelor’s level program.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • The history and development of the hospitality industry
  • Management of a hospitality business
  • Ethics and techniques of purchasing food and non-food items
  • Laws, insurance, and safety in the hospitality industry
  • Restaurant, hotel, and club marketing
  • Employment opportunities and industry trends

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the career opportunities and future industry growth forecasts as they relate to the different segments of the Hospitality Industry.
  • Demonstrate food safety practices that will ensure safe food production from purchase to service.
  • Demonstrate application of theory and concepts as they relate to the various responsibilities of a foodservice manager.
  • Implement strategies to effectively manage and improve restaurant performance, based on operational theory and procedures.
  • Analyze hospitality operation processes and attributes and the legal implication of proper or improper management.
ACBCP Accredited

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Restaurant Operations

Provides an introduction to food and beverage management operations, including: marketing, menu planning, logistical support, production, service, cost controls, and quality assurance. Also examines topics related to foodborne diseases and how to control them.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP101 - Foodservice Sanitation
  • HOSP200 - Food and Beverage Management
  • HOSP202 - Quantity Food Preparation
  • HOSP307 - Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • You may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment before registering for courses. Learn more.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.


School of Business

This program resides in the American Public University School of Business, where 18 of our 26 degree programs have earned specialized accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This distinction does not come easy! To earn ACBSP accreditation, programs need to demonstrate quality in the areas of teaching excellence, student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement. On top of this, our accounting degree programs have also earned the prestigious ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

APU School of Business courses are taught online by real-world practitioners who strive to bring expert knowledge and relevancy to our students. With input from industry advisory councils, the School of Business regularly examines and updates curriculum and introduces new programs such as our in-demand degrees in business analytics and our new Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam preparation certificate.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners attending school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

The mission of the APU School of Business is to prepare students to be leaders in the global business community. No matter what your educational and career goals may be. We encourage you to browse the School of Business webpage to learn more about what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you.