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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management prepares leaders for major hospitality industry segments through academic and research programs that value quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches and ethical principles. Faculty members have advanced degrees in hospitality management and professional work experience in restaurants, hotels, club management, on-site food service, catering businesses and conference centers.

Career Opportunities

Hospitality management graduates manage restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other related hospitality businesses or plan social and corporate events that include food, beverage and lodging services. Sales management for food distribution companies or hotels and resorts are additional career paths for alumni. The National Restaurant Association projects the number of food service management positions to increase eight percent from 2010 to 2020. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a three percent increase in hotel and lodging managers and a thirteen percent increase in casino hotel managers from 2008 to 2018, and a thirty-three percent increase in meeting convention and event planning jobs from 2012-2022.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: overall grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

For admissions, the College of Education, Health and Human Services considers a student to have established a Kent State University GPA after the student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours. Undergraduate students who have not completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours will be evaluated for admission into programs, Advanced Study, and the Professional phase based on their high school GPA for new freshmen, or transfer GPA for transfer students. Once a student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours, only the student’s Kent State overall GPA will be considered for admission into a program, Advanced Study, and Professional Phase.

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Progression Requirements

For admission to the professional phase:

Students must apply to and be admitted to the professional phase of the program, prior to taking HM 33050 Professional Practices in Hospitality Management in the junior year and HM 43092 Practicum in Hospitality Management. Students need to provide documentation of the following to the Vacca Office of Student Services:

  • Minimum overall 2.000 GPA
  • Minimum 2.250 GPA in major coursework
  • First Aid certificate
  • CPR certificate
  • 400 hours of faculty approved work hours within the hospitality industry
  • ServSafe® Certificate
  • Completion of the following courses: HM 13022, 13023, 13024 and 23030


Graduation Requirements

Minimum of 120 credits, minimum 39 upper-division hours, complete course requirements specified for the degree and meet all of the requirements listed above, including the minimum of 2.250 major GPA and 2.000 overall.


Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration