Hospitality Management

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A degree in hospitality management will provide you with all the skills you need to succeed in a wide variety of hospitality and venue management careers. You can individualize your degree program to fit the career field that most interests you. The business and managerial skills you’ll acquire while earning your degree will prepare you for a number of careers in the hospitality industry.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of business principles and customer service skills while earning your hospitality management degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Hotel and Accommodation Leadership
  • Event Planning
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Human Resources
  • Venue Management
  • Country Club Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Catering
  • Account Sales

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Eckles HallChoose from a variety of emphasis areas, including:

Lodging Management

Manage and operate a hotel, lodge or resort that serves a specific audience or the general public. Use your business and entrepreneurial skills to set your establishment apart from the competition.

Food & Beverage Management

Whether in the back of the house preparing gourmet meals or in the front of the house entertaining guests, your degree will provide the skills necessary to successfully manage a restaurant, an institutional food service establishment or a full service catering business.

Conferences/Event Management

Learn the basics of planning and operating an event such as a wedding, small dinner party, business meeting or a large-scale event. Practice event coordination skills through hands-on experience.

Sport Venue Management

Receive specialized instruction in the management and operation of sport venues in addition to the business of live entertainment including sports games, tournaments, concerts and event production. Your degree will prepare you to assume leadership positions in these dynamic industries.

Student on event internshipPrevious Internship Highlights

Loding: Hampton Inn and Suites, Marriott, Tan-Tar-A Resort, The Four Seasons, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Drury Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, Holiday Inn and Suites

Food & Beverage: Montelle Winery, Brancato’s Catering, Donita’s Cakes and Catering, Sycamore

Conferences/Events: Cosmopolitan Events, Annabelle Events, The Bridal Solution, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Aramark

Venue: Disney, The Blue Note, Sporting Kansas City, Mizzou Athletics, Isle of Capri

Core Areas of Study

  • Guest Service Management
  • Hospitality Strategic Management
  • Convention and Event Management
  • Lodging Management
  • Sport Venue Management

Major requirements for Hospitality Management degree

Courses for Hospitality Management degree

Download the degree program overview (PDF)

Related Minor

A minor in agricultural leadership can supplement a hospitality management degree. In a world where most jobs involve interaction with coworkers or the public, analytical reasoning, effective writing, public speaking and group skills can be beneficial in any workplace. Supplement your degree with a strong base in leadership skills by earning a minor in leadership.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Club Managers Association of America
  • Eta Sigma Delta
  • Mizzou Special Events Society
  • Mizzou Association of Venue Managers