Master’s Certificate Program in Hospitality Management OverviewMajors Overview May 6, 2015
Get information about certificate programs in hospitality management (the majority of programs do not include “master’s certificate” in their titles) and their educational requirements, coursework, job and wage outlook, and continuing education choices.
Information on Hospitality Management Certificate Program
Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program in hospitality management are instructed in hotel administration and operations, covering general business practices related to the hospitality industry, such as accounting, marketing, and management.
They acquire the skills necessary for managing back-end operations, including facilities management and budgeting, in addition to front-of-house operations such as customer service. They also learn about prevailing issues that affect domestic and global hospitality industries.
Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. Many holders of bachelor’s degrees in unrelated fields choose to pursue these certificate programs, which aim to impart a new direction to their career paths.
Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs in hospitality management need to complete six to eight classes — the exact number can vary by school. Core coursework may include topic areas such as the following:
•Hospitality industry laws
•The hospitality industry
•Food cost management
Job and Wage Outlook
Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, a job growth rate of one percent has been predicted for lodging managers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Most employers of these professionals include larger facilities, such as convention hotels and resorts. In 2012, lodging managers brought in an average annual wage of $46,810 (BLS).
Continuing Education Choices
Those who complete a graduate certificate program in hospitality management may seek continuing education by earning a master’s degree. Master’s degrees include Master of Science (M.S.) in Hospitality and Tourism Management or Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with sub-specialty concentrations that benefit hospitality managers, such as marketing or event management.