CIA Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree

  • With a CIA Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management degree, you’ll have a strong foundation for successful career options at world-class hotels, restaurants, resorts, and other top tourist attractions and destination management locations. Learn to make the best impressions as you blend business savvy, culinary excellence, social engagement, and high-end beverage service while leading teams of professionals to create unique experiences that your guests will never forget. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that puts you in line for a top position. By the time you’ve earned your degree, you will already be considered an expert in several facets of hospitality management.


    • Become a leader in the hospitality management industry as you learn the crucial role that food and beverage plays in hospitality events, especially as it relates to matching guest expectations and producing top-tier event experiences.
    • Sharpen your skills in finance, marketing, staff management, facilities operations, customer service, food and beverage operations, and the latest culinary technology—all while cultivating a strong foundation in the liberal arts.
    • Put your education into real-world practice as you learn the science of beer brewing through our on-campus brewery.
    • Network with top hospitality management executives—in the United States as well as abroad.
    • Learn the business of running elite hotels, restaurants, resorts, and other top hospitality sites.
    • Receive extensive course work and hands-on experience that is food and beverage focused—over three times more than any other hospitality program nationally—uniquely positioning you for a successful career in hospitality management.
    • Choose which part of executive hospitality management appeals to you—the CIA offers concentrations in beverage production and service as well as intrapreneurship.
    • Interact with more than 130 companies that visit CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group, Disney, The Four Seasons, Hershey Entertainment, and Marriott, among many others.
    • Through a semester-long paid internship, gain real-world experience at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.

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    Open the Door to a Great Hospitality Career

    With nearly a million new jobs being created by 2024 in the leisure and hospitality sectors, there is no better time to pursue a career in hospitality management. After you graduate, pursue a career in exciting areas of hospitality management, such as:

    • Management operations
    • Hotel management
    • Restaurant management
    • Food and beverage management
    • Event planning
    • Conference coordinator

    With so many possibilities, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, which includes some of the world’s most renowned culinary, beverage, and hospitality experts.

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.


    The 123-credit Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program includes:

    • 18 hospitality management credits
    • 30 food and beverage core credits
    • 15 business core credits, and
    • 60 general education credits

    You will get an ideal mix of in-depth service management, business, and liberal arts courses with a strong food and beverage core unique to the CIA.

    The curriculum features a semester-long internship experience, as well as optional, specialized study concentrations in key hospitality industry segments.

    See catalog for curriculum details


    • A high school diploma or GED credential.
    • Recommendation—One character letter of recommendation is required. It should be from an employer, teacher, or professional colleague either within or outside the foodservice industry. The letter should address your commitment to the food world, problem-solving ability, and persistence in either work or academics.

    How to Apply

    Hospitality School Costs

    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here’s even better news—more than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don’t let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world’s premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.

  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts logo, recruiting CIA hospitality management bachelor’s degree grads. “This program is exactly what we have been waiting for. Our company has been recruiting on campus for over 20 years and regards CIA graduates as among the best and the brightest in the culinary world. We are thrilled to learn the CIA has created a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management to complement its highly respected culinary curriculum and offerings. It’s reassuring to know we will now find that same level of expertise when exploring candidates for a variety of hotel management positions.”

    Kylie Hallinan, Senior Director of Human Resources, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
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  • Joy Dickerson CIA hospitality management instructor

    Faculty Spotlight

    Dr. Joy P. Dickerson
    Associate Professor—Business Management
    EdD, Wilmington University, New Castle, DE. MS, Widener University, Chester, PA. 
    Alisa Neuneker, CIA Associate Professor—Business Management

    Faculty Spotlight

    Alisa Neuneker
    Associate Professor—Business Management
    QuickBooks® for the Restaurant.
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