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Undergraduate Program

Two Hospitality students in a hotel lounge

Our balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training is designed to give you the confidence and skill set of a professional before you leave campus with your degree.

The hospitality management major and minors will give you specialized knowledge and skills for managing the businesses within the hospitality industry.

Hospitality Management, BS

Hospitality Management, AS

Hospitality Management Minor

Hotel and Lodging Management Minor

Restaurant and Food Service Management Minor

Special Event/Tourism Management Minor

World-class Industry Leaders Await New Hospitality Talent and Ideas

As a hospitality management major, you will benefit from the many successful IUP alumni and Industry Committee members who hold roles of senior responsibility with major firms that include:

Eat’n ParkHospitality Group
Hershey Entertainment
Homer Laughlin China Co.
Kunzler Food Service
Oakmont Country Club
Olive Garden
Panera Bread
Rivers Casino
Walt Disney World

Why hospitality management?

The world's insatiable appetite for leisure, food service, and accommodations demands the constant expansion of hotels, resorts, restaurants, theme parks, casinos, cruise lines, and so much more.

That means one thing more management positions that need to be filled with competent hospitality professionals .

  • Do you enjoy helping people have the time of their lives at exotic and tranquil destinations?
  • Do you enjoy providing the business traveler with the support he/she needs while away from home?
  • Do you love planning weddings, meetings, and other special events?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then becoming a Hospitality Management Major at IUP is for you.

The world needs hospitality management majors

This exciting industry continues to grow, despite economic cycles. Recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that healthy growth is expected in this industry. The data also indicates that many employed hospitality professionals own their own restaurant or firm that provides food and other services to schools and businesses. If you are an entrepreneur, this is an industry where there is ample room for you to excel.

Expected outcomes with an undergraduate degree in hospitality management

Developing your business savvy and blending it with your gift for human relations is at the core of the IUP coursework. You'll draw on your strengths and true interests to focus on specific areas in this ever-growing industry. Do you prefer to work in food and beverage services? Or do business management, travel, and tourism excite you? You may be surprised to learn how many sectors need your expertise.

The IUP difference

Personal advisement—Our doors are always open. You are an individual with specific needs and interests. Your advisor will meet with you regularly to help you stay on track and fulfill your career aspirations.

International and local internships.  Your global interests in hospitality may lead to an internship in another part of the world, or you may decide to pursue a local or national opportunity. Our faculty will help you find a position that helps you establish your credentials.

Management-centric. You don't just want a job in hospitality. You want a career that includes the types of management positions that immediately provide opportunities for advancement. IUP supports your aspirations to be a leader, and we will do our best to get you there.

Accreditation. Our program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, ensuring our program complies with national standards of excellence and showing employers that you are ready to practice at a high level.

Safe environment. Hospitality management is one of the largest majors at IUP, but the campus is just right—not too small and not too large. You'll receive a superior education in a safe, friendly environment.