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Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management provides a foundation of research, critical thinking, and writing skills, along with the practical know-how required for success in global hospitality workplaces. This online degree program is helpful if you want to manage or own a restaurant, or seek entry- to mid-management positions in the event planning, lodging and travel destination, and tourism fields. You’ll be taught by experienced faculty, many who draw on their own experiences in hospitality to share their knowledge of industry best practices used around the world today.

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 program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Apply concepts and principles of hospitality service excellence in marketing, law, revenue management and strategic planning, to the unique aspects of hospitality operations.
  • Judge current political, economic, and social issues that affect food service, lodging and travel and tourism industries.
  • Apply strategic management principles to accomplish goals and objectives of hospitality operations.
  • Assess unique hospitality characteristics and principles that are the business of hospitality management.

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ACBSP Accredited

Degree at a Glance


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.


Food Service

Examines current trends, issues, and challenges in the food service industry, such as the layout, design, equipment, and human engineering involved in a food service facility. Topics include cost control, dietary guidelines, table service, and the history and culture of wine.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP200 - Food and Beverage Management
  • HOSP201 - Restaurant Operations Management
  • HOSP203 - Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing
  • HOSP304 - Nutrition in the Food Service Industry
  • HOSP314 - Foodservice Trends and Challenges
  • HOSP316 - History and Culture of Wine
  • HOSP202 - Quantity Food Preparation
  • HOSP319 - Foodservice Facilities Design
  • HOSP307 - Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations


Evaluates the scope and diversity of the lodging industry and its contribution to a global society. Looks at marketing concepts, guest liability laws, and various career options in lodging, as well as the necessary partnerships among lodging organizations, convention centers, and convention bureaus.  

Sample Courses

  • HOSP320 - Business and Conference Hospitality Mgmt
  • HOSP325 - Revenue Management for the Hospitality Industry
  • HOSP328 - International Hotel Management
  • HOSP350 - Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry
  • HOSP355 - Loss Prevention and Security Management
  • HOSP203 - Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing
  • HOSP206 - Introduction to Lodging Management
  • HOSP309 - Convention Sales and Services
  • HOSP310 - Management of Lodging Operations
  • HOSP322 - Managing Housekeeping Operations
  • HOSP307 - Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations

Meeting and Event Planning

Provides a thorough overview of the meeting, exposition, and convention industry, including the environmental concerns involved in event management. Courses cover industry organizations, such as convention bureaus, as well as emergency preparedness, liability and insurance, and the use of technology.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP320 - Business and Conference Hospitality Mgmt
  • HOSP350 - Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry
  • HOSP415 - Destinations and Cultures
  • HOSP308 - Meeting and Convention Planning
  • HOSP309 - Convention Sales and Services
  • HOSP410 - Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • HOSP413 - Meeting and Event Risk Management


Explores essential tourism topics, including revenue management, forecasting, budgeting, pricing and inventory management, service quality, ethics, and technology. Delves into the operation of hospitality facilities, such as operating costs, building system characteristics, and engineering/maintenance.

Sample Courses

  • HOSP212 - Fundamentals of Tourism Management
  • HOSP311 - Club Management
  • HOSP323 - Introduction to Parks and Recreation
  • HOSP412 - Destinations Management and Marketing
  • HOSP415 - Destinations and Cultures
  • HOSP313 - Theory and Concepts of Leisure
  • HOSP410 - Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • HOSP205 - Tourism and Travel Industry
  • HOSP215 - Cruise Line Operations

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • 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 877-755-2787 or

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

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

School of Business

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. 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.