Online Associate Degrees in Hospitality Management

An online associate degree in hospitality management may provide individuals with the management skills and knowledge required to work in the hospitality and tourism field. In this two-year program, students may learn how to become leaders in the tourism industry, manage hotels and resorts, and become customer service professionals. Program coursework may include a few general education requirements along with core hospitality management classes including hospitality marketing, customer service principles, and hotel operations.

Graduates may either seek entry-level employment or further their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program in the same or related field. Associate-level graduates may find employment in casinos, hotels, attraction centers, and at tourism bureau departments.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 8% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level degree programs in hospitality management may include a few general education courses alongside core hospitality management classes. These courses may teach students how to manage a resort, plan and control food and beverage inventory, and provide and promote excellent customer service. Select core hospitality management courses may include the following:

  • Tourism
  • Hotel Operations
  • Resort Management
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Customer Service Principles
  • Introduction to Hospitality

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may gain employment in resorts, casinos, hotels, private clubs, and restaurants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 8% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Front Office Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Concierge
  • Sales Representative
  • Travel and Tourism Specialist

Continuing Education

Graduates of an associate degree program may choose to further their education by transferring into a four-year bachelor’s degree program. A bachelor’s degree program may provide students with specialized managerial skills as well as specific training in hospitality and event services. To obtain employment in the field, employers may require an associate’s degree at minimum for entry-level positions.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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