What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The degree requires completion of 120 credit hours. A student can expect to complete the degree in four years by taking 15 credit hours per semester (fall and spring).

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

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Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

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Hospitality Administration, B.B.A.

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The B.B.A. in Hospitality Administration program provides a well-integrated curriculum with a focus in general business and hospitality while incorporating courses on the arts and sciences that prepare students for management positions in the hospitality industry.

While the core coursework equips students with a general knowledge of the field, specialized elective courses and work study experiences allow students to gain insight into varied industry segments.

Hands-on Opportunities

HADM 3600 - Event Management

Students design on- and off-campus events such as pre-basketball game student fairs with contests and food; freshmen move-in welcomes; open houses that familiarize students with the School of Hospitality Administration’s courses and student organizations as well as possible careers; and Georgia State University-sponsored events that can be used for work study credit.

HADM 3403 - Business Analytics for Restaurant Management

This course focuses on the analysis of each phase of restaurant operations and management decisions that impact profitability, short-term and long-term success factors, and corresponding metrics. Activities include menu planning; food sourcing; purchasing; receiving; storing; preparation; and service systems for multi-unit restaurants, corporate enterprises, or entrepreneurial start-ups.

HADM 4800 - Hospitality Strategic Leadership

Upon successful completion of an exam, students earn a Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, a designation sponsored by industry organizations including the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Please note: while every section of the above courses might not include exactly the above projects, faculty incorporate real-world learning into the curriculum.

Program Highlights

Participate in a Case Competition

Every November, student teams (one undergraduate and the other graduate) participate in the Smith Travel Research Market Study Competition, typically held in New York City.

Help Plan a Major Conference

The School of Hospitality is a co-founder and sponsor of the annual Hunter Hotel Conference - one of the top three hotel investment and development conferences in the nation. Hospitality students attend this conference without charge and also have opportunities to work in various stages of conference planning and execution for the three-day event, attended by approximately 2,000 industry leaders.

Earn Industry Certifications

  • Certification in Hospitality Industry Analytics
  • ServSafe Certification in Food Safety and Sanitation
  • CVent - Certification in Event Marketing
  • Certification in Digital Marketing

Attend Industry Events

  • Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Hospitality Hall of Fame
  • Georgia Restaurant Association GRACE Awards Gala
  • Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association "Stars of the Industry" annual event
  • Georgia Restaurant Association Taste of Georgia event
  • Allie Awards annual gala
  • Atlanta's Lodging Outlook
  • Graduate Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference
  • Club Management World Conference
  • National Restaurant Association Show

Get a Taste of Global Hospitality

The European Hospitality Experience incorporates tours of major hospitality operations in Europe with an emphasis on food and beverage production; hospitality service operations; marketing; tourism; event management; customer service; and sustainable, environmentally proactive practices. Particular attention will be given to the analysis of such practices, advantages/disadvantages to business operations and service levels, and the applicability to U.S. hospitality companies. We hope the program will resume in May 2022.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Required Major Courses:

HADM 3010 - Perspectives in the Hospitality Industry
HADM 3403 - Business Analytics for Restaurant Management
HADM 3720 - Hospitality Law
HADM 3750 - Hospitality Human Resources Management
HADM 3760 - Hospitality Branding and Distribution Channel Strategies
HADM 4100 - Hospitality Financial Analysis
HADM 4800 - Hospitality Strategic Leadership-CTW

Industry Field Study Requirement:

All students majoring in hospitality administration must have practical industry experience in order to be approved for graduation. Each student is given the opportunity to apply career objectives and gain exposure to the work environment as it actually exists in the hospitality industry. This experience assists in developing professional work habits, provides for a smooth transition into full-time employment, helps develop self-confidence, and provides exposure to the different components of the hospitality industry. Students who have full-time jobs in non-hospitality occupations do not have to quit their jobs; however, in order to satisfy the requirements for the work-study experience, students are advised to begin working part-time in an adviser-approved hospitality position as soon as possible.

A required noncredit course, HADM 4900 – Hospitality Field Experience, is offered each semester to assist students in meeting this work-study requirement. Students must register for this course during their senior year.

Recommended Elective Courses:

Hospitality majors may choose from a variety of Robinson courses as electives. Hospitality courses including event management, hotel management, restaurant management, private club management, airport and airline management, and other industry-specific courses may also be selected.

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Financial Aid

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Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

Robinson offers several scholarships through the Office of the Dean as well as the individual academic departments.

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The mission of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is to develop hospitality leaders in a global society.

The primary goal is to provide a well-integrated curriculum incorporating courses in the arts, sciences, general business theory, and hospitality applications that will prepare our students for management and leadership positions in the hospitality industry.

Careers

The School of Hospitality connects students with internships by offering two career fairs each year, hosting on-campus company visits, engaging students in industry board events, providing an ongoing online job hotline, inviting students to School of Hospitality alumni functions, and bringing industry leaders to school-sponsored networking events.

Job Board

The School of Hospitality hosts its own job board, which is regularly updated with opportunities across a variety of industry sectors.
VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

event coordinator

conference coordinator

guest services manager

sales and marketing coordinator

social media manager

restaurant manager

restaurant owner/operator

manager-in-training (typically corporate programs with major hotel brands and chain restaurants)

analyst

project manager

assistant club manager

catering manager

trade show manager

VIEW NETWORKING EVENTS

Hunter Hotel Investment Conference 
Founded in 1988, this conference is one of the top three industry events in the nation, with attendance surpassing 2,000. Robinson hospitality students work year-round to help with its planning and execution.

Bharat Shah Leadership Speaker Series
Established to honor Bharat Shah, this annual leadership speaker series has featured top industry leaders including the CEOs of the Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt hotels along with Mit Shah, founder and principal of Noble Investment Group as well as the son of Bharat Shah.

Castell@Campus
Annually, top female industry leaders visit campus to engage with hospitality students on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Castell Project supports upward career movement to corporate and ownership levels in the hospitality industry.

STR Market Study International Competition
The School of Hospitality sponsors a student team in this annual case competition, which typically is held at the New York Hotel Show.

VIEW PAST INTERNSHIPS

Zoo Atlanta

Disney World College Internship Program

PGA Tour Championship

Live Nation Entertainment

Coca-Cola Ambassadors

Gaylord Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland

Related Student Organizations

Robinson hospitality department in the georgia state university homecoming parade

The American Hotel & Lodging Association builds rapport with Atlanta-area hospitality professionals and keeps members up-to-date on the latest hospitality news and networking events that will set them apart.

Eta Sigma Delta recognizes the scholastic and professional achievement of students in hospitality management, tourism, and culinary arts. The organization stands for excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics.

The Georgia Restaurant Organization supports the interests of a diverse set of students focused on foodservice and restaurants. It is a great opportunity for networking and sharing ideas among people with similar interests.

The Georgia State student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America is dedicated to assisting students who are interested in the club management profession. Chapter meetings enable students to enhance their careers through activities such as professional development programs, site visits to local clubs, and leadership opportunities.

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is dedicated to educating students on the many facets of this field as well as providing assistance in gaining industry experience. Each month members receive updates on available jobs and internships as well as advice and assistance with placement.

As the leading professional organization for minority hospitality students, the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) focuses on diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the career development of its student members. The Georgia State chapter of NSMH is dedicated to providing students with a variety of opportunities that assist them in achieving their educational and professional goals.

Contacts

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