Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management

General

Program Description

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!

Fast Facts

  • 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.

Concentrations

Event Management
  • HMC 205 Introduction to Event Management
  • HMC 215 Convention and Trade Show Management
  • HMC 305 Catering Management and Operations Lab
  • HMC 315 Promotional Strategies For Meetings and Conventions
  • HRIM 473, 475, 476 Hospitality Internships – credits vary *

​*Choose 1 course from the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's recommended list of electives or courses from other HM concentrations.

Recommended electives:

  • HMC 425 Wedding Planning
  • HMG 322 Club Management
  • HRIM 240 Casino and Gaming Operations Management
  • HRIM 416 Mixology
  • HRIM 452 Industry Consulting
  • MGMT 405 Quality Leadership

*Courses required for the sophomore review process in the Statler Department of Hospitality Management, regardless of credit standing and transfer status. For your liberal studies core requirements, please review the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's requirements and/or suggestions for core selections. Students must complete 6 credit hours of Internships.

Food and Beverage Management
  • BIO 180 Microorganisms (fulfills Common Core science requirement)
  • BIO 181 Microorganisms Lab (fulfills Common Core science requirement)
  • FNUT 131 Introduction to Nutrition
  • HRIM 405 International Cuisines​
  • HRIM 473, 475, 476 Hospitality Internships – credits vary

Choose two courses from the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's recommended list of electives or courses from other HM concentrations

Recommended electives:

  • HMC 425 Wedding Planning
  • HMG 322 Club Management
  • HRIM 240 Casino and Gaming Operations Management
  • HRIM 416 Mixology
  • HRIM 452 Industry Consulting
  • MGMT 405 Quality Leadership

Courses required for the sophomore review process in the Statler Department of Hospitality Management, regardless of credit standing and transfer status. For your liberal studies core requirements, please review the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's requirements and/or suggestions for core selections. Students must complete 6 credit hours of internships (taken in any combination).

Hotel Management
  • FPM 209 Housekeeping Operations & Management
  • HRIM 260 Hospitality Marketing and Sales
  • HRIM 417 Advanced Hotel Operations
  • HRIM 473, 475, 476 Hospitality Internships – credits vary *

Choose 2 courses from the Statler Department of Hospitality Management recommended list of electives below.

Recommended electives:

  • HMC 425 Wedding Planning
  • HMG 322 Club Management
  • HRIM 240 Casino and Gaming Operations Management
  • HRIM 416 Mixology
  • HRIM 452 Industry Consulting
  • MGMT 405 Quality Leadership

*Courses required for the sophomore review process in the Statler Department of Hospitality Management, regardless of credit standing and transfer status. For your liberal studies core requirements, please review the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's requirements and/or suggestions for core selections. Students must complete 6 credit hours of internships (taken in any combination).

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate acquisition of skills related to technical systems used in hospitality outlets. (technology)
  • Apply basic marketing concepts to industry promotion in all areas of concentrations. (marketing)
  • Accurately complete and understand financial data related to areas of hospitality management curriculum. (finance)
  • Apply knowledge of critical thinking to functional areas of hospitality business to identify, analyze and solve business problems. (problem-solving)
  • Demonstrate learned standards of professionalism while applying basic principles and theories of management independently and when working with others. (leadership)
  • Apply classroom theory to experiential settings when in the lab setting and through cooperative learning experiences. (experiential learning)

Internships

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

Facilities

Students studying Hospitality Management learn in state-of-the-art facilities provided by the Marriott Foundation. These include a smart classroom equipped with industry-specific technology, as well as fully equipped commercial kitchens, modern classrooms, and an on-campus fine dining room.

In 2017, Mercyhurst dedicated the Christopher S. Johnson Wine Room, which is outfitted with beautiful cherry wine racks, the latest humidity-control system, and a custom tasting table. The wine room is an excellent teaching tool for wine education, an in-demand area in the restaurant and hotel industries.

Careers

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 an 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
  • Sodexho US
  • Hilton Hotel Corporation
  • Aramark 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 to expand the training base for students interested in the meeting and convention field.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • ACPHA
  • 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

Accreditation

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 the Mercyhurst 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.

Scholarships

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.

Café Diem

The student-run Café Diem is located in the Center for Academic Engagement. The café attempts to provide the 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.

Application Material Mercyhurst Application Common Application
Biographical, academic, and extracurricular information Required Required
Self-reported high school transcript Required
Official high school transcript Required
Letter of recommendation May be required Required
Self-reported SAT or ACT scores Optional
Official SAT or ACT scores Optional
Personal statement or writing sample Required Required

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.

Test-Optional Admissions

We do not require the SAT or ACT for admissions, though students who believe that their SAT or ACT scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit their official test scores. To send your scores directly to Mercyhurst University, use SAT Code 2410 or ACT Code 3629.

Students who are required to submit SAT or ACT scores include student-athletes and homeschooled students. In addition, students seeking admission to colleges or universities with whom Mercyhurst University has affiliation agreements may also be required to submit their scores to the affiliated institutions.

Should you choose for Mercyhurst University not to consider SAT or ACT scores, please complete a Request for Test-Optional Consideration. For more information about our test-optional admissions policy, please consult answers to frequently asked questions.

Holistic Review

Mercyhurst University evaluates applicants in terms of their academic abilities, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and the potential contributions they might make as members of our campus community. Generally, students who are performing better than average within their high school are considered for admission. The median SAT score for last year’s accepted students was 1050.

In addition to considering your academic and personal credentials, we also consider your application in the context of your life circumstances by considering the availability of resources in your high school and the strength of its curriculum, your unique family and economic circumstances. We do this to ensure applicants are not unfairly penalized if they did not have sufficient access to college-application resources and services.

Generally, we look for students who took a college preparatory curriculum in high school:

  • 4 units of English
  • 5 units of social studies
  • 3 units of mathematics
  • 2 units of science (with corresponding labs)
  • 2 units of foreign language
Supplemental Review

Some applicants are chosen for supplemental review. In some cases, your admissions counselor believes that his or her admissions and financial aid decisions would be better informed with additional information. In other cases, we randomly select students for supplemental review as part of our assessment and continuous improvement practices. If you are selected for supplemental review, there is no need to worry; it is not a reflection of your admissibility. Supplemental review applicants are generally admitted at the same rate as traditional applications.

If you’re selected for supplemental review, your admissions counselor may request: 1) an on-campus or phone interview to learn more about you, 2) completion of a supplemental questionnaire, or 3) a graded writing assignment you completed as part of your high school curriculum (the paper must be analytical/critical in nature and demonstrate your ability to integrate and communicate complex ideas; your arguments must be well-supported).

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policy

Earned from high school prior to entering Mercyhurst, for course equivalency to be awarded, students must earn a score of 4 or above on the AP exam. Official scores from the College Board can be sent to the Office of Admissions prior to enrolling, or to the Registrar's Office if a student is already enrolled.

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) Residents Local Commuters
Basic Tuition $37,500 $37,500
Basic fees $2,980 $2,980
Room (standard freshman options) $6,420–$8,570 --
Board $6,460 --
Total tuition, fees, room and board $53,360 $40,480
Minus financial aid (average freshman student aid 2017–2018*) ($39,882) ($32,670)
Average total out-of-pocket cost $13,478 $7,810

*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.

Last updated Sep 2019

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Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie, our 75-acre campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. Elements of English Gothic architecture are carried throughout our Old Main, academic buildings and student residence halls. Grounded in the ideals of service, hospitality, and entrepreneurship that inspired our founders, a Mercyhurst education encourages the development of lifelong passions and engagement with the larger world. Inspired by our motto, "Carpe Diem," our faculty and students embrace innovation and leadership in service, as they make a difference within our gates and around the world. Read less