Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

The School of Hospitality Business

Bonnie J. Knutson, Acting Director

The hospitality industry is an exciting and fast growing industry throughout the world.  Because it is part of the larger service economy, it offers graduates a wide range of career opportunities in management and entrepreneurship.  The School of Hospitality Business prepares its students to enter management positions in lodging, food and beverage service, consulting, event planning, human resources, sales, information systems, marketing, as well as real estate investment management. Graduates find opportunities in venues such as hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, cruise lines, clubs as well as in sports and entertainment.

The vision of The School of Hospitality Business is to be the recognized leader in hospitality business education, research and service.  The School of Hospitality Business was established in 1927, and in 1944 became the first hospitality program to be housed in a collegiate school of business.

Because of its unique industry-specific status within the Broad College of Business, The School of Hospitality Business curriculum is business-focused and driven by the hospitality industry.  Our classes are delivered by faculty leaders who not only teach the discipline, but bring real-life experiences into the students’ learning experience.  They also conduct theoretical and practical research that benefits both the academy and industry.  The curriculum emphasizes business leadership, and is designed to develop knowledge as well as techniques of leadership. Our graduates are equipped to face the challenges in this ever-changing industry, including operations, management, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, information systems, law, production, facilities and emerging industry trends.

 


Undergraduate Programs


Hospitality Business

The undergraduate major in hospitality business blends hospitality business operations and fundamental areas such as accounting, finance, and marketing applied to hospitality business. Substantial work experience in the hospitality industry is required for hospitality business majors. Each student must complete 800 hours of work experience (400 hours in a Level I Internship and 400 hours in a Level II Internship). The internships must have the prior approval of the Student and Industry Resource Center Director. The Level I Internship must be completed prior to enrollment in Hospitality Business 307 and both internships (Level I and Level II) must be completed prior to enrollment in Hospitality Business 401.

Students who are enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program in The School of Hospitality Business may elect the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate and Development.  For additional information, please refer to the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management statement below or visit www.msu.edu/shb.  

Students who are enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program in The School of Hospitality Business may elect the Minor in Food Processing and Technology.  For additional information, refer to the Minor in Food Processing and Technology statement in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition statement in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section of this catalog.

Admission

Enrollment in The School of Hospitality Business is limited, and admission is competitive. Those seeking admission must meet the minimum criteria below.

  1. Completion of at least 56 credits acceptable to The School of Hospitality Business and an academic record that meets the requirements of Academic Standing of Undergraduate Students.
  2. Completion of at least four of the following Business core courses: Mathematics 103, Economics 201 and 202, Accounting 201, Computer Science and Engineering 101 or Statistics and Probability 201.
  3. Completion of at least two of the following hospitality business core courses: Hospitality Business 237, 265, or 267.
  4. Admission decisions are based primarily on the student’s cumulative university grade-point average, business core grade-point average from the completed business core courses listed above, and hospitality business grade-point average from the completed hospitality business core courses listed above. The completed application requires a statement of intent and goals, as well as documented work experience and membership and involvement in service activities where applicable.

To be considered for fall semester admission, a student must declare Hospitality Business as a major by the preceding April 15.

To be considered for spring semester, a student must declare Hospitality Business as a major by the preceding November 15. Students seeking admission to The School of Hospitality Business should contact The School's undergraduate academic advising staff.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality Business

  1. The graduation requirements of the University as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business.

    The completion of Mathematics 103 referenced in item 2. a. (1) below partially satisfies the University mathematics requirement.

    The completion of Statistics and Probability 201 referenced in item 2.a.(1) satisfies the University mathematics requirement.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Hospitality Business major is met by completing Hospitality Business 489.  Those courses are referenced in item 2. b. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. Core Program (21 or 22 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses  (15 credits):
    ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
    CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies 3
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    (3) One of the following courses  (3 credits):
    COM
    100 Human Communication 3
    COM
    225 An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
    Higher levels and associate courses of Mathematics 103 and Statistics and Probability 200 or 201 are acceptable for core program requirements.
    Students who place into Statistics 201 with a designated score on the Michigan State University mathematics services placement exam and successfully complete Statistics 201 will not be required to complete Mathematics 103.
    Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101.
    b. Major Field of Concentration: All of the following courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 (40 credits):
    HB 105 Service Management Principles 2
    HB 201 Hospitality Business Professional Development I 1
    HB 237 Management of Lodging Systems 3
    HB 265 Food Management: Safety and Nutrition 3
    HB 267 Management of Food and Beverage Systems 3
    HB 302 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 3
    HB 307 Hospitality Human Resources 3
    HB 311 Hospitality Finance 3
    HB 337 Hospitality Information Systems 3
    HB 345 Quantity Food Production Systems 3
    HB 349 Facilities Maintenance and Systems 3
    HB 375 Hospitality Marketing 3
    HB 401 Hospitality Business Professional Development II 1
    HB 447 Hospitality Business Law 3
    HB 489 Hospitality Business Strategy (W) 3
    Students must complete first-level 400-hour internship/professional work experience prior to enrollment in Hospitality Business 307. Students must complete first-and second-level 400-hour internship/professional work experience prior to enrollment in Hospitality Business 401.
    c. Two of the following advanced electives (6 credits):
    HB 482 Advanced Hospitality Finance 3
    HB 485 Hospitality Foodservice Operations 3
    HB 486 Advanced Hospitality Marketing 3
    d. One international elective course, language, or study abroad course approved by the student's academic advisor (3 credits)
    e. A minimum of 12 credits in specialized electives selected from the following:
    HB 100 Introduction to Hospitality Business 2
    HB 210 Introduction to the Casino Industry 3
    HB 320 Casino Operations and Management 3
    HB 321 Club Operations and Management 3
    HB 345L Quantity Food Production Systems Laboratory 1
    HB 347 The Foodservice Distribution Channel 3
    HB 358 Hospitality Business Ownership 3
    HB 376 Hospitality Sales Process 3
    HB 380 Meeting and Event Planning and Management 3
    HB 382 Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management 3
    HB 405 Advanced Management of Food and Beverage Systems 3
    HB 409 Introduction to Wine 3
    HB 411 Hospitality Beverages 3
    HB 415 Managing Quality in Hospitality Businesses 3
    HB 437 Hospitality Revenue Management 3
    HB 451 Emerging Leadership 3
    HB 473 Hospitality Business Analytics 3
    HB 490 Independent Study 1 to 6
    HB 491 Current Topics in Hospitality Business 1 to 6
    HB 492 Hospitality Business Real Estate Professional Skills Workshop 1 to 6
    Courses that are used to satisfy requirements referenced in item c. may not be used to satisfy this requirement.


Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management

The Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management prepares students for careers focused on hospitality real estate including acquisition, appraisal, asset management, brokerage, consulting, development, investment analysis, market analysis, and mortgage lending. The minor may especially benefit students majoring in accounting, construction management, economics, finance, general management, hospitality business, human resource management, interior design, landscape architecture, marketing, supply chain management, and urban and regional planning.

The minor, which is administered by The School of Hospitality Business, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department or school and college that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree program. In certain cases, prerequisites for minor requirements may be waived with advance approval. The student’s program of study must be approved by the Director of the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate  Investment Management.


Admission

Students seeking admission must contact the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs in The School of Hospitality Business, and complete an application for admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed Accounting 201, Economics 201 and 202, and the university mathematics requirement. Students can apply at the time they have been formally accepted to a degree program.

Requirements for the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management

Students must complete the requirements specified below (19 or 20 credits):

               
1. All of the following courses (12 credits):  
  HB 311 Hospitality Finance 3
  HB 382 Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management 3
  HB 473 Hospitality Business Analytics 3
  HB 482 Advanced Hospitality Finance 3
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  CMP 325 Real Estate Principles and Construction Finance 4
  EC 330 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 3
  HB 358 Hospitality Business Ownership 3
  HB 437 Hospitality Revenue Management 3
  UP 400 Special Topics in Urban Planning 3
  UP 458 Housing and Real Estate Development 3
  Topics in UP 400 must have prior approval from the Director of the Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management.  
3. Four credits from the following course (4 credit):  
  HB 492 Hospitality Business Real Estate Professional Skills Workshop 1 to 4
4. Completion of 400 hours of work experience completed through an internship over a period of at least 10 weeks. Students should complete HB 311, HB 382, and HB 492 workshops prior to seeking the internship to ensure competency for placement. The internship must have prior approval from the Director of the Hospitality Business Student and Industry Resource Center.  

 


Graduate Study

The School of Hospitality Business offers several options for graduate study that prepare students for success in a strategic and global hospitality industry. Each program offers a flexible curriculum designed to meet the specific professional needs of students with diverse backgrounds and career objectives. Curriculum plans include required core functional courses, selected specialized electives, and a field study experience conducted under the supervision of a selected faculty member.

 


Hospitality Business - Master of Business Administration

The majority of Master of Business Administration degree graduates with a major in hospitality business enter the hospitality industry in management positions, in corporate staff positions, in consulting positions, or as teachers in hospitality management programs at the secondary, or two–year or four–year college, level.

Students who have had less than six months of full–time work experience in the hospitality industry prior to enrolling in the program must complete 400 hours of approved professional work experience while enrolled in a collateral course:  HB 454  Professional Work Experience II (W).

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the Broad School, students must meet the requirements for the Hospitality Business Major Field of Concentration specified below.

               
1. Complete of a minimum of four courses (12 credits) including:  
  a. The following course:  
    HB 885 Seminar in Food and Beverage Systems Management 3
  b. Three of the following courses (9 credits):  
    HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
    HB 837 Hospitality Computer Information Systems 3
    HB 875 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
    HB 882 Financial Management in the  Hospitality Industry 3
    HB 890 Independent Study 3



Foodservice Business Management - Master of Science

The Chef Michael L. Minor Master of Science degree program with a major in Foodservice Business Management is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The master’s program in foodservice business management contains a core of functional courses in hospitality business and related disciplines.  Curriculum flexibility encourages the design of individualized programs of study which meet the specific professional needs of each student.  It can help individuals prepare for doctoral study and a career in hospitality business education, or for the intricacies of foodservice industry operations, or for a corporate career path. The student must plan a program with The School of Hospitality Business Graduate Programs Coordinator before enrolling in the program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Chef Michael L. Minor Master of Science in Foodservice Business Management an applicant must:

  1. submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent to The School of Hospitality Business Graduate Programs Coordinator.

In addition to prior academic preparation, the applicant’s scores GMAT or  GRE scores, and the undergraduate grade-point average will be considered in the admissions decision.  Applicants must also have completed at least one year of professional work experience.  Students with limited academic preparation in the hospitality field may be required to complete collateral courses which will serve as prerequisites for required courses. These courses will not count towards requirements for the degree.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Chef Michael L. Minor Master of  Science Degree Program in Foodservice Business Management

The student must complete a total of 36 credits under Plan B (without thesis).  The student's program of study  must be approved by the graduate program coordinator and must include:

1. All of the following courses (27 credits):
CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Research 3
HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 837 Hospitality Information Technology 3
HB 841 Contemporary Trends in Cuisine and Culture 3
HB 847 Hospitality Business Law 3
HB 882 Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 885 Hospitality Business Research 3
HB 886 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
SCM 800 Supply Chain Management 3
2. Complete 6 credits of focused elective courses as approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  These courses are based on the specific academic interests of the student.  Course work is typically selected from the following disciplines: food science; human nutrition and foods; or other disciplines.  Students must meet the prerequisites for all elective courses.
3. Complete 3 credits of hospitality field study course work focusing on a project related to the student’s major approved by the student’s academic advisor.
4. Pass a final written comprehensive examination or evaluation.

Academic Standards

To remain in the program and earn a Master of Science degree in Foodservice Business Management, a student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum grade–point average of 3.0 each semester.
  2. Maintain a cumulative minimum grade–point average of 3.0.


Hospitality Business Management - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The program contains a core of functional courses in hospitality business and related disciplines.  Curriculum flexibility encourages the design of individualized programs of study which meet the specific professional needs of each student.  Graduates of this program seek employment opportunities in corporate-level positions within hospitality companies, consulting firms, or other service organizations. The student must discuss the planned program with The School's Graduate Programs Coordinator before enrolling in the program.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management an applicant must:

  1. submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent to The School of Hospitality Business Graduate Programs Coordinator.

In addition to prior academic preparation, the applicant’s scores GMAT or GRE scores, and the undergraduate grade-point average will be considered in the admissions decision.  Applicants must also have completed at least one year of professional work experience.  Students with limited academic preparation in the hospitality field may be required to complete collateral courses which will serve as prerequisites for required courses. These courses will not count towards requirements for the degree.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Hospitality Business Management

The program is available under Plan B (without thesis). A total of 36 credits are required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the graduate program coordinator.

1. All of the following courses (24 credits):
CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Research 3
HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 837 Hospitality Information Technology 3
HB 847 Hospitality Business Law 3
HB 882 Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 885 Hospitality Business Research 3
HB 886 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
SCM 800 Supply Chain Management 3
2. Complete 9 credits of focused elective courses as approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  These courses are based on the specific academic interests of the student.  Course work is typically selected from the following disciplines: hospitality business; management; marketing; supply chain management; communications; advertising; labor and industrial relations; community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies; or other disciplines.  Students must meet the prerequisites for all elective courses.
3. Complete 3 credits of hospitality business field study course work focusing on a project related to the student’s major approved by the student’s academic advisor.
4. Pass a final written comprehensive examination or evaluation.

Academic Standards

To remain in the program and earn a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management, a student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 each semester.
  2. Maintain a cumulative minimum grade-point average of 3.0.


 


Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business

The Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business is designed to provide the growing field of hospitality business education and research with individuals who possess the theoretical knowledge, research skills, and hospitality business course work necessary to advance hospitality education.

The Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business is administered by The School of Hospitality Business within The Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management and is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs outside of The Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. Students who are interested in the specialization should contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator in The School of Hospitality Business and provide a statement regarding the relevance and usefulness of the specialization for them and their major program of study.

With the approval of the department or school and college that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator and the Director of The School of Hospitality Business.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Hospitality Business

The student must:
1. Complete four of the following courses (12 credits):
HB 807 Workforce Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 837 Hospitality Information Technology 3
HB 841 Contemporary Trends in Cuisine and Culture 3
HB 847 Hospitality Business Law 3
HB 882 Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
HB 885 Hospitality Business Research 3
HB 886 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry 3
2. Complete the following course (3 credits):
HB 890 Independent Study  3
Complete a research paper that reflects the integration of the student’s discipline and hospitality business.