Hospitality Management

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, 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

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 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

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

Academic Requirements

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.

  • The hospitality management program at Colorado Mesa University set me up for success in my career. My background in this program made me a stand-out candidate to my employers which made it possible to advance quickly into upper-level management positions.
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    Mandy Murray
    Alumna, '14
  • Continuing my education after completing my culinary associate degree was the best decision I have made. The BAS hospitality management program excelled me into a management position faster than I could have imagined, in one of the best restaurants in town. I am truly happy with the education I have received and am so excited to see what is in store for my future!
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    Dustin Deprospo
    Alumnus, '17
  • Colorado Mesa University’s hospitality management program has offered me real-world application to knowledge such as exceptional service, communication skills and hospitality business practices learned in class through the AHLEI certification processes and meetings with hospitality professionals throughout Colorado and abroad. Through CMU I have had the opportunity to take my education abroad to Australia and learn even more about the hospitality industry in different cultures through class and traveling.
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    Kayley Vogel
    Current student, '19
  • The hospitality management program at Colorado Mesa University has taught me the importance of quality service, systematic operations and overall experience when it comes to the hospitality industry. I am very grateful for my experience in this program, as I have gained priceless knowledge and skills that I will use in my career and in life.
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    Savanna Edgar
    Alumna, '18
  • The hospitality management program here at CMU has offered me so many unique experiences that have taken my education to the next level. From real-life simulations in class, to meeting with local general managers and touring their hotels, our program offers hand-on experiences that a book cannot teach.
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    Melissa Tolson
    Alumna, '18

Coming soon!

Construction is underway on Hotel Maverick. This new addition to campus, opening spring 2020, will provide lodging options for visitors to Grand Junction and offer hands-on experience for students in the hospitality management program. Read more about the hotel →

rendering of the new hotel on campus