- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Hospitality business management focuses on management operations in the hospitality field, lodging, tourism, and food and beverage businesses. Students in this business option are taught theoretical and applied methods, interpersonal skills, leadership aptitude, and teamwork strategies.
- Summer programs in Italy and Thailand.
- All of the program's courses are taught in a state-of-the-art building with classrooms featuring Internet connections and the latest audiovisual technology.
- Learn cuisine creation in a fully equipped commercial kitchen.
- Gain front- and back-of-the-house management skills.
- Taco Bell and the late Ivar B. Haglund (of Ivar's restaurants) have created two distinguished professorships to attract and retain top faculty.
- More than 85 percent of degree holders accept career offers before graduating.
- WSU's School of Hospitality Business Management is No. 1 in the nation for providing career services assistance to its students as they seek internships and jobs.
- Attend the only four-year hospitality baccalaureate program in the United States that offers a degree program in Europe (in Brig, Switzerland).
- WSU's hospitality school is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the U.S.
Certifying into the major
Students on all campuses must meet the following requirements to qualify for certification into a business major:
- Complete the following certification courses with a GPA of 2.50 or better (EconS 101 and 102, Engl 101, Acctg 230 and 231, B Law 210, MgtOp 215, Math 201 and 202, MIS 250)
- Have a cumulative WSU GPA of at least 2.5
- Have earned at least 60 credits
On the Pullman campus, certifying as a business major is competitive and course enrollments are limited. Pullman campus students are required to apply online to be considered for certification. If the applicant meets the minimum requirements above, he or she is then ranked by academic performance. The top students are then certified based on the number of spots available that semester.
On all campuses, transfer course grades will be used to calculate the certification GPA, but they are not included in the WSU cumulative GPA.
Students desiring to certify their business major on the Online, Tri-Cities, or Vancouver campuses should contact a business advisor on that campus for specifics about certifying their major.
Note: Certification is required for enrollment in all 300- and 400-level business courses.
An example of the courses hospitality business management majors generally take:
HBM 182 - Introduction to Industry Experience
HBM 280 - Lodging Systems and Procedures
HBM 320 - Industry Experience
HBM 358 - Foodservice Systems and Control
HBM 381 - Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behavior
HBM 491 - Operational Analysis
HBM 494 - Service Operations Management
HBM 495 - Case Studies and Research
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
WSU has several active student groups in hospitality business management. You can explore your interests, share mutual interests with other students, connect with alumni and industry guests, gain leadership experience, and get help in finding internship and career placements.
For students in hospitality business management
During 2000-01, WSU’s School of Hospitality Business Management awarded nearly $30,000 to 30 of its students from more than a dozen different scholarship funds created by alumni and industry friends of the program. Several awards from the hospitality industry are also available to HBM students. Additional scholarships are available through the College of Business.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and needed-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
A degree in hospitality business management can lead to roles in managing top restaurants, hotel departments, convention centers, sports facilities, entertainment services, and vacation centers. Other potential hospitality careers for graduates include purchasing, publicity, hiring and training employees, organizing catering, and forecasting facility profits. Students could also become entrepreneurs and operate their own franchise eatery or hotel.