Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

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Degree Overview

The Chaplin School offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management available fully online and on site.

The School also operates a dual degree program in conjunction with Tianjin University of Commerce (TUC) in Tianjin, China.  The Marriott Tianjin China Program, established in 2004 and currently FIU’s largest program abroad, also offers study abroad opportunities for students on the Miami campuses.

Required Courses

Lower Division Preparation – 60 Credits

To qualify for admission to the hospitality program, FIU transfer students with 60 credits must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and must be otherwise acceptable into the program. Students with less than 60 transfer credits need to meet the freshman criteria established by the University.

All University Core Curriculum requirements must be completed prior to graduation from the University.

Course Number Course Name Credits
HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management* 3
HFT 2220 Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry* 3
HFT 2401 Accounting for the Hospitality Industry* 3
HFT 2441 Hospitality Information Technology* 3
ECO 2013 Macroeconomics* or ECO 3023 Microeconomics
Also meets the UCC Social Inquiry Requirement
SPC 2608 Public Speaking*
Also meets the UCC Arts Requirement

Courses listed with an * indicate courses that can be met by approved courses taken from a transfer institution. If these courses are not taken prior to transferring into program, they may be completed as elective credits as part of the degree program.

Hospitality Core Requirements – 30 Credits

18 additional credits are required. See lower division preparation courses above.

Course Number Course Name Credits
FCC 3230C Introductory Commercial Food Production 3
HFT 3263 Restaurant Management 3
HFT 3453 Operations Control 3
HFT 3503 Hospitality Marketing Strategy
(Global Learning course)
HFT 3603 Hospitality Industry Law
(Global Learning course)
HFT 4323 Hospitality Facilities Environmental Systems
(Global Learning course)
HFT 4413 Hospitality Analytics and Revenue Management
Prerequisite: HFT 3453
HFT 4464 Financial Analysis in the Hospitality Industry
Pre-requisite: HFT 2401
HFT 4474 Management Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
Prerequisite: HFT 2401
HFT 4945 Advanced Internship
Prerequisite: A minimum of 1,000 hours of industry experience must be completed and verified.
Must be major specific if a major is chosen.
HFT 4296 Senior Seminar in Hospitality Industry
Must be taken during last semester. Must be major specific if a major is chosen.

Additional Requirements

Hospitality Electives – 18-30 Credits

Electives can be chosen from any 3000/4000 level HFT or FSS course. If desired, students may choose any of the following six major areas to meet 18 of the 30 required elective credits.

Hospitality Management Major Areas – 18 Credits (optional)

Course Number Course Name Credits
HFT 3861 Beverage Fundamentals 3
HFT 3864 Introduction to Brewing Science 3
HFT 3866 Wine Technology, Merchandising, and Marketing 3
HFT 4867 The Business of Wine 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
Course Number Course Name Credits
FSS 4234C Advanced Food Production Management 3
FSS 4336 Culinary Event Management 3
FSS 3242C International Cuisine 3
HFT 4833 Culinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(Global Learning course)
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 0
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
Course Number Course Name Credits
HFT 3741 Planning Meetings and Conventions 3
HFT 3753 Convention & Trade Show Management
HFT 4508 Group Business Sales and Services
HFT 3754 Expositions and Events Management 3
HFT 4757 Advanced Events Management
Pre-requisite: HFT 3754
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
Course Number Course Name Credits
HFT 3314 Hospitality Property Management 3
HFT 4240 Managing Service Organizations 3
HFT 4936 Hotel Management Seminar 3
HFT 4508 Group Business Sales and Services 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
Course Number Course Name Credits
FSS 4106 Purchasing and Menu Planning 3
HFT 4809 Management for Food Service Industry Segments 3
HFT 4812 Food Service Systems Development 3
HFT 4853 Food Service Trends and Challenges 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
Course Number Course Name Credits
HFT 3713 International Travel and Tourism
(Global Learning course)
HFT 3701 Sustainable Tourism Practices
(Global Learning course)
HFT 3733 Tour Production and Distribution 3
HFT 4509 Tourism Destination Marketing 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3
HFT/FSS Upper Division Course (3XXX/4XXX) from Approved List 3

Industry Experience Requirement – 1,300 Hours

A total of 1,300 documented hours of hospitality/tourism-related practical training work experience is required. This includes 300 hours in HFT 4945 Advanced Internship. A minimum of 800 hours must be completed while enrolled in the degree program at FIU. The Advanced Internship must be major related and approved by an academic advisor. Work experience documentation is required. Students with extensive industry management experience may apply for a waiver of the 1,000-hour work experience and Advanced Internship.


Minors – 12 Credits

A minor is not required for the B.S. in Hospitality Management degree, however students may elect a minor if they choose to. Students may choose to minor in the following areas:

  • Beverage Management
  • Hotel/Lodging Management
  • Restaurant/Foodservice Management
  • Travel & Tourism Management

Students who are not in the Hospitality Management degree program may choose 12 credits from any of the course offerings to create their own minor according to their particular interests.

Study group meeting in the Carnival Student Center

Program at a Glance
  • 120 credits
  • $205.57 per credit*
  • Online and on site

*For domestic students with in-state enrollment during the 2015-2016 academic year. Visit the Cost Calculator for detailed fee information.

  • Resources


    Fully Online Degree Option

    Whether enrolled in online classes or attending on campus, Hospitality Management students learn from the same curriculum and must meet the same requirements for graduation.

    Combined B.S./M.S. (4+1)

    Obtain a B.S. and an M.S. degree in less time in the 4+1 Program. Currently enrolled undergraduate students who meet the credit and G.P.A. requirements may apply.

  • Careers

    With a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management, graduates can expect to find rewarding career opportunities in the following areas:
    • Hotel/Resort Beverage Manager
    • Banquets Beverage Manager
    • Bar Manager
    • Nightclub Manager
    • Beverage Marketing Manager
    • Sales/Marketing Management
    • Distribution Management
    • Brand Manager
    • Educator
    • Kitchen Manager
    • Corporate Kitchen Management
    • Food Supplier Management
    • Special Event Manager
    • Meeting Marketing Manager
    • Tradeshow Manager
    • Exhibit Manager
    • Hotel Convention Sales Manager
    • Catering Sales Manager
    • Conference Sales Manager
    • Banquet Set Up Manager
    • Audio Visual Sales Manager
    • Corporate Events Management
    • General Manager
    • Assistant General Manager
    • Director of Rooms
    • Director of Housekeeping
    • Director of Front Office
    • Director of Engineering
    • Marketing/Social Media
    • Accounting/Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Timeshare Management
    • Shipboard Hotel Operations
    • Food and Beverage Director
    • Assistant Food and Beverage Director
    • Director of Banquets
    • Banquet Manager
    • Resort/ Hotel Food Service Manager
    • Contract Food Service Manager
    • Food Production Manager
    • Food and Beverage Supervisor
    • Banquet Supervisor
    • Menu Developer