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Does a career in hospitality appeal to you? A hospitality management degree will give you opportunities to work in resorts, hotels, food and beverage, recreation, sales and marketing, and events management. A solid base in business enables students to gain the necessary knowledge to work across the functional areas of hospitality in today's global environment. All sectors of the hospitality industry are looking for professionals with outstanding interpersonal skills; critical thinking and decision making capabilities; and excellent general business and management skills. The industry continues to grow and will experience a supply shortage of qualified career-oriented professionals in the future. The industry leads all business sectors in embracing diversity and providing opportunities for minorities and women.

Our degrees in hospitality management are designed to prepare you for success in the industry. Internships are available for juniors and seniors at local, regional and international companies. Knowledge and practical experience are valuable additions to a resume and prepare students for rewarding careers.

Recently, CMU hospitality management students have completed internships at Disney, Broadmoor, Princess Cruises, Marriott, Amangiri Resort, Hotel Jerome, Little Nell, Wyndham and Gateway Canyons.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a concentration in hospitality management combines business knowledge with a focus on the hospitality management skills needed in this industry.

Academic Requirements for Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in hospitality management combines practical knowledge obtained from a previously earned associate degree in culinary, hospitality or related degree. This degree incorporates business knowledge focused on the hospitality management skills needed in this industry.

Academic Requirements for Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management

For the student interested in the area of hospitality, a minor coupled with a bachelor’s degree can increase the employment opportunities available in a variety of hospitality-related areas.

Academic Requirements for Minor in Hospitality Management

The field of hospitality management combines the technical skills and business proficiency necessary for success in today’s business world.

Academic Requirements for Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management

With the ever‐expanding world hospitality market, this degree has endless opportunities both within the United States and in the global hospitality industry. Potential employment opportunities include management in any of the following areas: resort and hotel management; food and beverage management; travel and tourism management; and food service management.

Graduates of this program currently hold the following positions: small business owner; director of sales and marketing; general manager; front office manager; recreation manager; catering and events manager; and restaurant manager.

Need more info on career options for hospitality management? Explore what you can do with a hospitality management degree. Or contact IRIS for academic and career advising.

Grand Junction's premier hotel is at CMU

Opened June 2020, the Hotel Maverick is Grand Junction's premier destination for travelers who seek an upscale, boutique — and at the same time uniquely down-to-earth — "New West" experience. Located on the Colorado Mesa University campus, it offers an unparalleled location that serves as base camp for guests interacting with the university and/or exploring the natural beauty and outdoor recreation that surrounds us. Every stay supports the teaching mission of CMU. 

Complementing Hotel Maverick is the Devil's Kitchen our rooftop restaurant and bar, and Betty's Gourmet Coffee located on the lobby level. Both the hotel and its food and beverage options provide unique opportunities for hospitality management and culinary arts students to gain real world education.