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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management

Aug. 21, 2024

Next Start Date

40

Courses Required

$475

Cost Per Credit Hour
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120

Total Credit Hours

Online Asynchronous

Learning Format

Work Anywhere in the World

The BSBA with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will prepare you for careers in hotel and restaurant operations, hospitality, tourism, event planning, and more. If you are a communicator and enjoy leading a team, you can work anywhere in the world with this degree. You will learn general business, as well as leadership and management skills, including revenue management and customer relations management. Our program will get you on the right track for an exciting career in the service industry, leading to a wide variety of career possibilities, including restaurants, theme parks, resorts, cruise lines, casinos, and sports venues.

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The online BSBA with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, offered through the WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics, is designed to teach students the skills they need to succeed in the worldwide service industry, including careers in hotel and restaurant operations, event planning, or other management fields.

In addition to course work, students participate in internships and learning labs. The program of study covers all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry from a management perspective and provides a solid foundation in all core business functions, along with specialized courses in the field. The curriculum balances theory and practice with internship requirements that take students around the world. The major has a placement rate of more than 90 percent, largely due to the requirement of two field experience or internship courses. Students who complete their internships successfully can expect full-time job opportunities after graduation.

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Application Requirements

All prospective students must apply for admission to West Virginia University. Applicants can apply online. Applicants must send official transcripts to the following address:

WVU Office of Admissions
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
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Email: WVUadmissions@mail.wvu.edu

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Ajay Aluri

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major Hospitality and Tourism Management
"If you are a people person, if you love to travel, or if you would like to work in a dynamic environment, where every day presents new challenges with new customers, then hospitality is for you."

Since hospitality and tourism management is an industry-specific field of study, every student who majors in this program should be able to track their degree into a career path.

His teaching philosophy is that students are best prepared for life after the classroom by getting learning experiences with actual businesses while they are in school.

"I incorporate real-world projects into the curriculum that tackle issues faced by hospitality and tourism businesses today, so that students can get hands-on problem-solving experience in this competitive, rapidly changing field."
"It is vital for students to use technology and to understand its impact. My goal is to take their skills to the next level and help them understand strategies to integrate technology as needed."

Aluri is founding director of WVU’s Hospitality Innovation and Technology (HIT) Lab, where he and his students use, develop, and test emerging technologies. They also use real-life data and social media applications in class to help businesses in the community.

He says it is also vital that students begin to network, because networking will enable them to learn from leaders, experts, and successful people in the industry.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management total degree cost: $57,000 – Residents and Non-Residents

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

The future for graduates with a BSBA Degree in Hospitality and Tourism

The future for BSBA graduates with hospitality and tourism specialization is promising, as the hospitality and tourism industry is expected to grow and expand in the coming years. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the global travel and tourism industry is expected to create more than 100 million jobs by 2028, making it one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide.

Career outlook for BSBA Hospitality and Tourism graduates

As businesses within the hospitality and tourism industry continue to expand, the demand for qualified professionals with a BSBA degree in hospitality and tourism will also increase. Graduates can expect to find job opportunities in hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise ships, restaurants, event planning, and other related industries.

Additionally, as the industry evolves and becomes more focused on sustainability and responsible tourism, BSBA graduates with hospitality and tourism specialization may find opportunities to work in roles related to sustainable tourism development, corporate social responsibility, and environmental management.

What are some specific job titles one can expect?

Some of the specific job roles that BSBA graduates with hospitality and tourism specialization can pursue include hotel or resort manager, event planner, tourism marketing specialist, travel agent, and airline manager. These positions offer a range of responsibilities, including managing budgets, developing marketing strategies, coordinating logistics, and ensuring guest satisfaction.

Course Title Credit Hours
HTOR 376 Hospitality & Tourism Leadership 3
HTOR 380 Hospitality Business, Innovation, and Technology 3
HTOR 393 Special Topics 1-6
HTOR 470 Tourism Management 3
HTOR 471 Restaurant Management 3
HTOR 472 Hotel Operations Management 3
HTOR 473 Hospitality Social Customer Relationship Management 3
HTOR 474 Hospitality Revenue Management 3
HTOR 480 Event Planning Practicum 3
HTOR 491 Professional Field Experience 1-18
HTOR 495 Independent Study 1-6

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this program at WVU unique?

Facilities include the Hospitality Innovation and Technology Lab, with interactive tools and devices, such as Internet of Things (IoTs), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) devices and cutting-edge hospitality software and applications.

Is this program accredited?

Only AACSB-accredited hospitality and tourism management program in West Virginia (as part of the College's AACSB accreditation). Chambers College is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International — the highest level of business school accreditation in the world.

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