- 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.
Before they graduate, HBM students must work 1,000 hours in the hospitality industry, earning employer evaluation scores of 80% or higher.
- Strengths of the program
- Summer and semester programs in Switzerland, Italy, and France.
- 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.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
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.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For students in hospitality
- Campus organizations and activities
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.
- Careers in hospitality business management
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.
Many well-experienced graduates who become top executives or business owners earn six-digit incomes.
An average starting salary during the brief training period just out of college might be around $34,000, increasing to $35,000–44,000 after completing training. Starting salaries are highest in the Midwest and on the East Coast and slightly lower in the Rocky Mountain and Northwest states.