The hospitality industry is considered to be one of the most glamorous industries worldwide. It is one of the few areas of employment that can offer relatively high wages for associate’s and bachelor’s degree holders on many continents.  Students of hospitality management from around the world are often able to leverage their on-the-job training and education to move elsewhere in the world and eventually move up corporate management ladders to quite lucrative positions.

With that said, hospitality management is a very wide field encompassing disciplines and job settings like Restaurants, Travel and Tourism marketing, resorts, airlines, Call Centers, Banking for visitors, etc. Though these are varied fields,  on a general level hospitality management degrees show foundational knowledge of business, ethics, and customs used in hospitality. Students and workers wishing to show their expertise in a more particular area, however, may want to specialize.

Below we’ve listed some of the most common specializations in hospitality management, for those who are looking to go above and beyond in gaining specific hospitality management sector expertise. We’ve also provided resources for finding additional information on these specializations.

  1. Hotel Administration

Hotel Administration Degrees often come at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels of study. And perhaps most commonly, certifications in hotel management are achieved by those already in hotel management looking to enhance their reputation and move up the corporate ladder. A particularly noteworthy hotel administration degree at the bachelor’s level is offered by Cornell’s Hotel School. Coursework provides a basic backdrop for the hotel business including general courses in marketing, law, communication and management. And courses use specific case studies from the hotel industry to give students a leg up on real-world applications of theory.

A more common track for obtaining a degree focused on hotel administration is taking a general bachelor’s in hospitality management degree and using your electives to focus on hotel applications. At the graduate level, some MBAs offer specializations in hotel administration, though master’s-level degrees with a title of ‘hotel administration’ are rare.

2.) Restaurant Management

Restaurant Management degrees are primarily offered at the associate’s and bachelor’s levels. While — similarly to hotel administration — these degrees can also present as specializations in hospitality management, restaurant management degrees do have a distinct curriculum. Restaurant management curriculum often include courses in nutrition, cost control, management of the front of a house, management of the back of a house, and common courtesies for guests.

3.) Hospitality Marketing

A third degree type in hospitality management is hospitality marketing. Hospitality marketing degrees are often available at the master’s level and are most commonly found as specializations in MBA or graduate marketing degrees. A common hospitality marketing curricula would include courses in tourism and destination selling, social media marketing, marketing of large events, and marketing to international audiences.

Of further note is the fact that many hospitality degrees may be specialized to fit your unique needs. If you have a dream job and know what courses would supplement your resume in seeking this job, many hospitality management degrees will have applicable electives. For a look at a wide range of online hospitality management degrees check out, one of the most comprehensive sources of hospitality management information online. If you are instead looking for less than a degree (a certification), check out the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, one of the premier professional education providers for hospitality management in the world.  

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