Academic Programs Catalog

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

The School of Hospitality Business

Carl P. Borchgrevink, 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 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 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 1. Internship and 400 hours in a Level 2. Internship). The internships must have the prior approval of the Student and Industry Resource Center Director. The Level 1. Internship must be completed prior to enrollment in Hospitality Business 307 and both internships Level  1. and Level 2.) must be completed prior to enrollment in Hospitality Business 489.

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

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 to the school is competitive. Students must apply for school admission by April 1 for a fall semester admission or by November 1 for a spring semester admission. Admission is based primarily on the cumulative grade-point average and grades in the core courses listed below.  Academic and non-academic factors and experiences will also be considered. Minimum criteria for admission to the school are:

  1. Completion of 28 credits.
  2. Completion of the following core courses:
    1. Computer Science and Engineering 102
    2. Statistics 200 or approved substitution 
    3. Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures 101 or other university Tier I course that fulfills the university writing requirement
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 200 referenced in item 2.a.(2) 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.
    1. The following requirements for the major:
      a. Hospitality Business Core (24 credits):
      All of the following courses:
      ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
      CSE 102 Algorithmic Thinking and Programming 3
      EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
      EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
      FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
      MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3
      MTH 103 College Algebra 3
      STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
      Students who place into Statistics 200 with a designated score on the Michigan State University mathematics services placement exam and successfully complete Statistics 200  will not be required to complete Mathematics 103.
      b. Major Field of Concentration:  All of the following courses with a minimum grade–point average of 2.00 (36 credits):
      HB 105 Service Management Principles 2
      HB 201 Hospitality Professional Development 1
      HB 203 Hospitality Communication 3
      HB 207 Hospitality Management and Leadership 3
      HB 237 Hospitality Lodging Systems 3
      HB 265 Hospitality Foodservice Systems 3
      HB 273 Hospitality Business Analytics 3
      HB 302 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 3
      HB 307 Hospitality Human Resources 3
      HB 337 Hospitality Information Systems 3
      HB 376 Hospitality Sales Process 3
      HB 447 Hospitality Business Law 3
      HB 489 Hospitality Business Strategy (W) 3
      c. Hospitality Business International Elective. One course approved by the student’s academic advisor.
      d. Hospitality Business Specialized Electives. A minimum of 12 credits selected from the following:
      Events
      HB 280 Introduction to Event Management 3
      HB 380 Event Planning and Management  3
      HB 420 The Business of Golf  3
      HB 425 Golf Operations and Management 3
      HB 480 Advanced Event Management 3
      HB 485 Hospitality Foodservice Operations  3
      Food and Beverage
      HB 345 Hospitality Food Production Systems  3
      HB 345L Hospitality Food Production Systems Lab  1
      HB 346 Onsite Foodservice Management 3
      HB 347 Hospitality Supply Chain Process  3
      HB 405 Hospitality Foodservice Cost Control  3
      HB 409 Introduction to Wine  3
      HB 411 Hospitality Beverages  3
      HB 411L Hospitality Beverages Lab 1
      HB 485 Hospitality Foodservice Operations  3
      Lodging and Real Estate
      HB 282 Hospitality Real Estate  3
      HB 437 Hospitality Revenue Management  3
      HB 470 Hospitality Asset Management 3
      HB 472 Hospitality Financial Modeling 1
      HB 474 Hospitality Valuation 3
      HB 482 Advanced Hospitality Finance  3
      Other
      HB 100 Introduction to Hospitality Business  2
      HB  210 Casino Operations and Management  3
      HB 291 Hospitality Current Topics and Trends 1 to 3
      HB  321 Club Operations and Management  3
      HB 349 Hospitality Facilities Management 3
      HB  358 Hospitality Entrepreneurship  3
      HB  486 Advanced Hospitality Marketing  3
      HB  490 Hospitality Independent Study  1 to 3
      HB  491 Hospitality Current Topics and Trends  1 to 3


Minor in Real Estate

The Minor in Real Estate prepares students for careers related to hospitality and commercial real estate including investment acquisition, appraisal, asset management, brokerage, consulting, development, market analysis, and mortgage lending.

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.

Admission

Enrollment in the minor is limited, and admission to the minor is competitive. Admission is based primarily on the cumulative grade-point average and grades in the core courses listed below. Academic and non-academic factors and experiences will also be considered. Minimum criteria for admission to the minor are:

1. Completion of 28 credits.
2. Completion of the following three core courses:
a. ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
Or
ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
b. CSE 102 Algorithmic Thinking and Programming 3
Or
CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
c. EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3


Requirements for the Minor in Real Estate

Students must complete all of the following courses (16 or 18 credits):
HB 273 Hospitality Business Analytics 3
Or
ITM 209 Business Analytics and Information Systems 3
HB 282 Real Estate Principles 3
FI 311 Financial Management 3
Or
FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
HB 470 Real Estate Asset Management 3
FI 355 Financial Modeling 3
Or
HB 472 Real Estate Financial Modeling 1
HB 474 Real Estate Valuation 3


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.

The School of Hospitality Business supports doctoral students in programs at MSU that allow for a focus on the hospitality industry. Students admitted into Ph.D. programs that allow for a hospitality emphasis and receive support from The School of Hospitality Business will take core courses in the doctoral discipline, teach and work in The School of Hospitality Business, and form a guidance committee of faculty from both units. The School is only able to support a limited number of doctoral students.
 


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.