Top School for Hotel & Restaurant Management Degrees in Denver

The University of Denver in Denver, CO, offers undergraduate degree programs in hotel and restaurant management within its Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. The programs offer a focus on hospitality management and prepare graduates for positions of management in the tourism and foodservice industries.

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University of Denver

The University of Denver is a 4-year, not-for-profit school serving roughly 11,600 students per year. Founded in 1864, the institution is also the oldest private school in the Rocky Mountain area of the United States. The university offers small class sizes and an overall student to faculty ratio of 12:1. Its undergraduate student to faculty ratio is just 8:1. The school also provides study abroad opportunities for students and continuing education programs for working adults.

The Daniels College of Business is just one college among the university's eight schools and colleges. It is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), International ( The college placed 102nd on U.S. News & World Report's 2011 list of best graduate business schools ranked by assessing schools' MBA programs. The Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management was founded in 1946. It offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating in hospitality management.

Hotel and Restaurant Management Programs

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management concentrating in lodging/resort operations

The University of Denver offers just one undergraduate degree program in hotel, restaurant and tourism management (HRTM), but students are allowed to choose from three areas of focus. The lodging/resort operations area of focus offers core courses in exploring hospitality management, resort operation and management, hospitality cost management and employment law. Students must take 16 credits dedicated specifically to hotel and lodging management, including rooms operations, mixed use properties management and revenue management. Students are also required to complete 1,000 hours of hands-on learning experiences before they graduate.

Bachelor of Business Administration in HRTM concentrating in restaurant/food and beverage management

The restaurant and food and beverage management area of focus has many of the same core courses and inherent qualities as the lodging/resort operations area of focus. Students are expected to participate in practical learning experiences by working at on-campus coffee shops or similar foodservice establishments. They also have access to a 2,800-square-foot production kitchen and beverage management center. Specific courses related to the restaurant management focus include beverage management, contemporary cuisine, restaurant operations management and food and beverage concept design.

Bachelor of Business Administration in HRTM concentrating in hospitality sales and marketing

Students enrolled in the hospitality sales and marketing concentration take the same common curriculum, additional courses, business core and tourism, restaurant and hotel management core as do students taking one of the other two concentrations. Concentration specific courses include marketing and sales practicum, sales and services of events, rooms operation and management of lodging sales.

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