Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management
Service and innovation in the hospitality industry.
Be a part of the largest and fastest-growing industry in the world! The hospitality/tourism industry is considered the world's largest industry and is expected to grow by double digits in the near future. With this growth comes great opportunities to enter this fast-paced, exciting field at a management level. The Statler Department of Hospitality Management provides a strong leadership foundation in hotel management, event management, and food and beverage management. With near 100 percent career placement, global internships, study abroad opportunities, and one of the largest, most active alumni networks in the hospitality industry, the Statler Department of Hospitality Management is your perfect choice!
Hospitality Management majors have access to more than 300 possible internships across the U.S. and around the world.
The program boasts accreditation by the prestigious Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Admiration.
Mercyhurst’s Statler Department of Hospitality Management is one of the oldest in the country.
The extensive global network of Hospitality Management alumni is an excellent resource for Hospitality Management majors looking for internships and careers.
Every year, more than 90 percent of Hospitality Management grads begin careers in the industry. In recent years, the career placement rate is close to 100 percent.
The Statler Department of Hospitality Management has developed one of the strongest internship programs of any HM program in the country. Opportunities are available in industry-leading hotels, health care, restaurants, institutions, and convention management. Students receive valuable hands-on industry experience while earning academic credit.
Prestigious industry internship programs include:
Omni Hotels: Leadership In Development Management Program/Internship Program
Marriott Hotels: Voyage Management Training Program/Internship Program
Disney Theme Parks: Management Program/Internship Program
Gaylord Opryland Hotels/Internships
The hospitality industry is projected to grow by as much as 33 percent by 2022. Our department’s placement rate of grads in industry careers is nearly 100 percent in a myriad of management positions with outstanding national and international hotel, restaurant, institutional, and specialty companies. Mercyhurst is committed to excellence in placing our graduates in the industry’s finest companies. Some of these companies include:
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Lodging & International Group
Omni Hotels & Resorts
Starwood Hotel Properties
Hilton Hotel Corporation
Clubs and Organizations
Hospitality Management Association
The Hospitality Management Association (HMA) is a service organization that assists the department in its various endeavors. Students participate in educational enrichment opportunities (sales blitz activities with nationally recognized chains, speakers, and field trips) which aid in the enhancement of their knowledge of the hospitality industry. Working closely with the faculty and staff, fundraising events are scheduled throughout the year to benefit a variety of club and department activities. This student organization sponsors the annual senior dinner where graduate certificates and faculty awards are given.
Professional Convention Management Association
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) student chapter was formed to increase management awareness of meetings and conventions, to broaden their scope of activity, refine their educational pursuits, and expand the training base for students interested in the meeting and convention field.
Memberships and Affiliations
Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education
National Restaurant Association
American Hotel and Lodging Association
Professional Convention Management Association
Foodservice Consultants Society International
Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International
The Statler Department of Hospitality Management at Mercyhurst University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). ACPHA standards set a national benchmark for the effective instructions of programs throughout the United States and are necessary to ensure that these programs are professionally administered.
The Statler Department of Hospitality Management fosters and promotes the spirit of hospitality consistent with Mercyhurst's mission of service to others and the community. In keeping with the founding vision of Mercyhurst, hospitality students are prepared for industry leadership through a balance of liberal studies, business, and hospitality industry-specific coursework. This balanced approach to higher education nurtures scholarship, creativity, and responsible stewardship for the global hospitality community. Hospitality industry coursework and world-class internships, supported by the Walker College of Business core, business curriculum, provides the student with a strong foundation in accounting, finance, and management skills while building leadership, critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills required for success at the national and international levels.
Annually, the Hospitality Management department makes several cash awards available through a variety of department endowed scholarships. Senior and faculty service awards are also granted on the basis of merit as determined by the faculty of the department.
The student-run Café Diem is located in the Center for Academic Engagement. The café attempts to provide first-hand experience to Hospitality Management students by providing them with a management opportunity. Since the facility is completely student-run, they continually come up with ideas to interest students in the Café, including an expanded range of food items offered. Café Diem is currently open Monday through Friday.
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
Consistent with our mission and values, Mercyhurst University takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants and making admissions decisions. We evaluate applicants in terms of their academic abilities and potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. We strongly recommend that applicants meet with their admissions counselor, either through a campus visit, a high school visit, or a conversation by phone.
Mercyhurst University does not charge an application fee.
Biographical, academic, and extracurricular information
Self-reported high school transcript
Official high school transcript
Letter of recommendation
May be required
Self-reported SAT or ACT scores
Official SAT or ACT scores
Personal statement or writing sample
International students from non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL or IELTS and submit copies of their official scores.
SAT or ACT scores are optional, though applicants are invited to submit them if they believe they would constitute a positive component of the application portfolio.
Letters of recommendation are not always required, though they are required for students applying without test scores. We prefer recommendations from someone who knows the applicant well and has interacted with the student on a regular and ongoing basis, including a close teacher, coach, or work supervisor.
Undergraduate Cost and Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
College education represents a significant investment in your future and cost is an important factor to consider. Mercyhurst University prides itself on being one of the most affordable and accessible private universities in the tri-state region and practically every incoming freshman receives financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work studies, and other programs.
Tuition, Fees, and Costs (2019–20 Academic Year)
Room (standard freshman options)
Total tuition, fees, room and board
Minus financial aid (average freshman student aid 2017–2018*)
Average total out-of-pocket cost
*for domestic students, includes all sources of aid including PLUS and alt. loans, scholarships, grants, and sources of self-help aid such as work-study
Mercyhurst University bills students on a “flat” basis for each semester enrolled; full-time students enrolled between 12 and 18 credit hours are billed at the flat semester rate, allowing for a double major or a minor. Enrollment beyond 18 credits is billed at $1,150 per overload credit hour. Additional costs may be incurred for special programs, courses, labs, travel experiences, etc. Please refer to our Full Fee Schedule for more information.
Room and board costs vary, depending on the student’s selected living and dining arrangements. Resident freshmen are required to have a full meal plan. Partial meal plans for upperclassmen begin at $2,560.
You may want to consider indirect costs in your college financial planning for things like books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.
Value and Affordability
Mercyhurst University offers a flexible education designed to address a diverse range of disciplines leading to careers in cutting-edge fields. Mercyhurst offers:
A customizable Core Curriculum with a range of courses helps keep you on track for timely graduation.
The highest four-year graduation rate in Erie County. Graduating on time means not paying for a fifth year of tuition!
Opportunities for employment or further education directly after college. Ninety-five percent of our graduates' secured jobs or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.
Hands-on experience working within your intended field helps prepare you for a career immediately upon graduating.
The Best Value education in the North Region, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
When considering financial aid, it is important to keep in mind the “sticker cost” and “actual cost” of each institution. At Mercyhurst, we are committed to helping students reach their academic goals without incurring a significant financial burden.
Last year, 99 percent of freshmen qualified for financial assistance from Mercyhurst, with the average four-year scholarship totaling more than $70,000 – and that is in addition to any scholarship or grant from state federal or external sources. Please refer to our Federal and State Grants page for more information. Transfer students are also eligible for a number of awards or scholarships. Unless otherwise noted, all Mercyhurst University financial aid is automatically renewable for four years of study. Please refer to our Awards and Scholarships page for a complete list of available grants.
In order to qualify for financial aid, you must include Mercyhurst University on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Use school code 003297 to send your FAFSA® report to Mercyhurst. To apply for financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.