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Associate's Degree in Hospitality Management

Read about associate's degree programs in hospitality management. Learn about program coursework and popular career options as well as salary statistics and employment outlook information.

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Essential Information

Associate's degrees in hospitality management are often divided into two degree programs: Hospitality Management Associate of Applied Science and Hospitality and Tourism Management Associate of Science. Hospitality and tourism management programs may allow students to specialize. Although many entry-level management positions in the hospitality industry do not require a degree, post-secondary education is helpful for career advancement.


Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management

Hospitality management degree programs include the study of theoretical and practical management skills, hospitality business law and food and beverage management. Students also develop skills in marketing, purchasing, budgeting and cost control. A.A.S. degree programs typically require high school diplomas or the equivalent.

Program Coursework

A.A.S. degrees in hospitality management typically require 64-66 hours of coursework, although some programs may require as many as 96 credit hours. At most schools, roughly one-third of credit hours are devoted to general education credits.

  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Hotel management
  • Restaurant management
  • Hotel and restaurant marketing
  • Hospitality accounting
  • Food production analysis
  • Hotel and restaurant purchasing and cost control

Popular Career Options

Students who hold such degrees may qualify to pursue jobs in hotels, restaurants, resorts and government tourist offices. Popular career options include:

  • Management trainee
  • Dining room supervisor
  • Assistant food and beverage manager
  • Guest services manager
  • Banquet sales coordinator

Continuing Education Information

Many hospitality management associate degree programs can act as a stepping-stone to bachelor's and master's degree programs in hospitality management. Graduates with B.A.A. or M.S. degrees in hospitality management are highly sought within the field because of their technical familiarity, and many rise to the highest levels of management within hospitality organizations.

Associate of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management

Like hospitality management, hospitality and tourism management degree programs develop skills in the areas of marketing, purchasing, budgeting and cost control. Hospitality and tourism management programs are differentiated by additional emphasis on tourism skills and travel planning skills. Some programs even offer emphasis in international hospitality and tourism.

Program Coursework

A.S. degrees in hospitality and tourism management require a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, though some programs may require over 90 credit hours. Hospitality and tourism management associate of science degrees require completion of general education requirements.

  • Geography
  • Principles of management
  • Tours and tour products
  • Cruises
  • Airline computer training
  • Event planning
  • Hotel operations
  • Financial accounting
  • Tourism sales and marketing
  • Travel sales

Salary Information and Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has tracked a rise in travel and tourism since 2001; however, job opportunities for managers will be limited. The BLS predicts an 8% growth for lodging managers from 2010-2020. In May 2012, the median annual wage for lodging managers was $46,810.

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    • Vermont (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Champlain College include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Business
      • Accounting and Bookkeeping
      • Business Finance
      • Business Management and Operations
      • Business Marketing
      • Hospitality Management
        • Travel and Tourism Management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Information System Management
      • International Business
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    • Minnesota (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Minnesota include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Business
      • Accounting and Bookkeeping
      • Business Management and Operations
      • Business Marketing
      • Hospitality Management
      • Information System Management
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    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Northeastern University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework, Diploma
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Business
      • Accounting and Bookkeeping
      • Business Economics
      • Business Finance
      • Business Management and Operations
      • Business Marketing
      • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
      • Hospitality Management
        • Resort, Hotel, Motel, and Spa Management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Information System Management
      • International Business
      • Specialized Sales
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    • Kentucky (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Sullivan University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Business
      • Business Management and Operations
      • Business Support and Administrative Services
      • Hospitality Management
        • Resort, Hotel, Motel, and Spa Management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Information System Management
      • Specialized Sales

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