A hospitality management degree that combines technology, computing, and data analytics with hospitality and tourism to improve guest experiences and reshape the hospitality and tourism industry.
Students receive a broad view of service management, hospitality, travel, and client care through a common core of courses. Students recognize the interrelationships among the food, lodging, travel, and meeting management industries. Competencies develop in problem-solving and decision-making developed through individual and team-based class projects, computerized exercises, and industry-related activities. Students concentrate on the importance of understanding other cultures, languages, and viewpoints. By graduation, students will have accumulated more hours of work experience than in any other four-year hospitality management program in the country.
Program facilities equipment
The program prepares students for hospitality management through learning experiences at Henry’s, the school’s 75 seat full-service, liquor-licensed restaurant and at the RIT Inn and Conference Center which is a premier full-service hotel and conference facility. RIT is also a strategic partner in the New York State Wine & Culinary Center and focuses on NY agriculture, the culinary arts, and hospitality and food management. State-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, up to date cooking equipment and access to RITs technology labs.
Program job titles reported
Hotel and Restaurant General Manager; Event Coordinator; Customer Service Specialist; Front Desk Manager; Catering Manager; Hotel Sales and Marketing; Hotel Real Estate Professional; Wine/Spirits Business Manager
Select program hiring partners
Belhurst Castle; Del Monte Hotel Group; Electrical & Lighting Resources Inc.; Fairfield Inn; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts; Hotel Plaza Athenee; Marriott; Parties A'La Carte; Strathallan, a DoubleTree by Hilton; The Country Club of Rochester; The Walt Disney Company; Titan Hotel Group; Visions Hotels, LLC; Wegmans Food Markets
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||25.00%|
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.
Students in the hospitality management degree are required to complete a combined 1,200 hours of practical cooperative education experience with classroom theory. In co-op placements, students work directly in the hospitality industry in a variety of positions and organizations. Co-op is usually completed in the summer following the freshman and sophomore years and during any semester in the junior and senior years, except the final semester of the senior year, when students are required to be in residence on campus. Co-op is planned, monitored, and evaluated by the student, the co-op counselor, the faculty adviser, and the employing firm.