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Summer: April 24, 2020
Fall: July 24, 2020

Class Begins

May 11, 2020 (Summer)
Aug. 24, 2020 (Fall)

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts
in Hospitality Business Management

WSU College

Carson College of Business

Lead in a Fast-Paced, Growing Industry

Are looking for an exciting career in an industry that’s quickly growing, in demand and, most importantly, fun? In today’s ever-changing world full of new technology and abundant consumer choices, the hospitality industry is looking for savvy professional managers to lead it into the future. 

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WSU Global Campus Hospitality Business Management.

What is Hospitality Business Management?

Hospitality business management focuses on operations under the tourism umbrella–lodging, attractions, transportation, and food and beverage businesses. This broad and opportunity-rich industry represents a large and growing portion of the world’s economic output. The people who are most successful in this field have a mastery of industry-specific knowledge, theoretical and applied management methods, interpersonal skills, leadership competencies, and teamwork strategies.

What You’ll Learn

WSU’s hospitality business management program, offered entirely online, is designed to help you learn the fundamentals you need to advance in this fast-growing and wide-ranging industry. Acclaimed WSU faculty members bring extensive hands-on industry experience to the curriculum. You will gain expertise in operations, revenues and cost controls, sales, service, event planning, and leadership. You will learn to apply those skills to careers at hotels, restaurants, sports and convention centers, senior living communities, and tourist destinations, both in the U.S. and across the world.

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WSU HBM Program Strengths

  • WSU’s hospitality program was established in 1932, making it the third-oldest such program in the U.S. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top 10 hospitality programs and is part of WSU’s AACSB-accredited Carson College of Business.
  • The Culver Hospitality Relations Manager works with students and employers for internship and graduate placements.
  • As part of the online hospitality degree program, students work 1,000 paid hours in the hospitality industry, providing career connections and raising their profile for corporate recruiters.
  • Students can apply to spend a semester studying at the Brig campus of César Ritz Colleges in Switzerland.

Program of Study

All courses are available online

University Requirements

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

Students must also complete the College of Business graduation requirements and the hospitality business management degree program requirements.

Certification Requirements

30 semester credits

To be eligible to certify as a business major, students must:

  • Complete the following certification courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher:
    • ACCTG 230, 231 – Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting
    • B_LAW 210 – Law and the Legal Environment
    • MGTOP 215 – Business Statistics
    • ECONS 101 [SSCI], ECONS 102 [SSCI] – Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (prerequisite Math 099 or 101 with a grade of C or better)
    • ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] – College Composition
    • MATH 201, MATH 202 [QUAN] – Mathematics for Business and Economics and Calculus for Business and Economics
      MATH 171 [QUAN], MATH 172 – Calculus I and Calculus II
    • MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Have earned at least 60 semester credit hours

College of Business Requirements

27 semester credits

  • MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization
  • FIN 325 – Introduction to Financial Management
  • MKTG 360 – Marketing
  • HBM 495 [CAPS] – Case Studies and Research
  • POL_S 418 – Human Issues in International Development
  • PSYCH or SOC course
  • COM 102 [COMM] – Public Speaking in the Digital Age OR
    H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
  • ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M] – Technical and Professional Writing
  • Liberal Arts course meeting the Global Learning Requirement

Hospitality Business Management Requirements

25 credits
Note: All HBM courses are seven weeks

  • HBM 101 – Professional Development for the Business World (1 credit)
  • HBM 280 – Hospitality Systems
  • HBM 358 – Foodservice Systems and Control
  • HBM 381 [M] – Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • HBM 401 – Career Management (1 credit)
  • HBM 491 – Operational Analysis
  • HBM 494 [M] – Service Operations Management
  • MGMT 450 – Personnel and Human Resources Management
  • ECONS 305 – Intermediate Microeconomics without Calculus
     ECONS 323 – Labor Economics 
     ECONS 423 – Collective Bargaining
    (Some courses in development)


6 credits of upper division business courses, 12 credits outside the major

Upper-division electives include courses from ACCTG, B_LAW, ENTRP, HBM, I_BUS, MGMT, MGTOP, MIS, MKTG.

International Experience Requirement

The College of Business has a six-credit international experience requirement to help students develop the skills to succeed in the global marketplace. A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.

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