B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Online

Launch your career in executive hospitality management from anywhere in the world with the help renowned experts and professional industry partners.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
CAREERS AND SALARY Annual Employment Report
Delivery Online

Develop the knowledge, skills and experience to be a leader in hospitality—manage world-class hotels, resorts, and restaurants; design and coordinate premier corporate and special events; and market tourist destinations all over the world. We'll teach you to manage hospitality teams, evaluate operations and propose innovative solutions. UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) is designed to help you launch your successful career in executive hospitality management.

UW-Stout's School of Hospitality Leadership has more than 100 partnerships with notable national and international hospitality businesses—a network of hospitality professionals and alumni ready to hire HRTM graduates—we leverage to ensure you experience the internships and co-ops that will distinguish your career.

Stout's executive hospitality programs (Golf Enterprise Management; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and Real Estate Property Management) build upon a core set of courses that provide a flexible, diversified foundation to pursue a specialized hospitality field of study. Our HRTM curriculum was recently enhanced with the input of industry and alumni feedback to further emphasize customer analytics, revenue management, competitive pricing, and organizational development.

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Online Program Flexibility

If you're committed to living or working outside of the area, our online B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is an ideal option. Our unique distance learning program will prepare you to be a creative and responsible manager ready to adapt to a wide variety of situations in today's rapidly changing industry.

    “My Stout online experience has really helped me. It makes it easier for me to work and dedicate time for my classes after work. I am lucky to be able to study at home and in the office. And it worked out that I could complete my co-op at my job. This degree will give me better chances to get a high-level job in a hospitality organization.”          

    ~ Daniel Jokinen, Online Student

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    Scholarship Support

    Alumni of the HRTM program have established this scholarship in honor of Professor Philip H. Mcguirk. This award is available for all freshmen and new students to the HRTM program.

    "After 41 years of working at UW-Stout in the HRTM program I wanted to do something nice for incoming freshman students. My love for the students, faculty and UW-Stout is as strong today as it was 40 years ago. The students in all my classes were awesome."

    - Prof. Philip H. Mcguirk

    Scholarship Eligibility

    • Full-time, incoming first-year student (enrolled in 12 credits or more)
    • Enrolled in the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher (high school or equivalent)

    This scholarship is available to the students who meet the above criteria, in additional to students who transfer into the program with an associate degree from an accredited college. Both customized instruction and on-campus students are eligible.

    UW-Stout's single scholarship application makes it easy to apply and be considered for all available scholarships. Visit the Stout University Foundation Scholarships page for more details. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications and announces award recipients in the Spring. 

    All-Inclusive Tuition Model

    UW-Stout's Customized Instruction (CI) programs are designed for adult learners and offer an all-inclusive tuition model. All universities present their total costs differently, so if you're comparing UW-Stout's online CI tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

    • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
    • No additional university-based semester or technology fees
    • Same CI tuition rate for for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.

    Online Program Value

    • 100% online courses for working professionals
    • Full-time program director and expert faculty
    • Online faculty advisor
    • Adult Student Services adviser
    • Reliable course offerings, sequences and matrices to help you plan ahead
    • Stackable courses/programs (applicable to other programs)
    APPLICATION AND TRANSFER INFORMATION

    Application

    To apply for the on-campus or online B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, you need to apply to UW-Stout.

    Financial Aid

    Students who are attending another institution, but are planning to receive their degree from UW-Stout, may be eligible to receive aid from UW‐Stout. In these cases, UW‐Stout is considered the Home Institution and the other campus is considered the Visiting Institution.

    Transfer Students

    Note: When filling out the application form, be sure to make a note in the student comment section that you intend to apply to the "online program." 

    Mission & Objectives

    Mission

    The primary mission of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program is to remain a leading educational provider of hospitality management candidates. This will be achieved by strategically planning and implementing educational resources that generate graduates who are exposed to a diverse curriculum that encompasses general studies; fundamentals of business administration; and professional courses in hotel administration, restaurant operations, and tourism management.

    Objectives

    Offer a program of study with the aim of developing the financial, operational and organizational skills for future managers in the hospitality industry.

    • To prepare students for entry-level management positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.
    • To assist students in the development of managerial, financial, computer, and technical skills that are needed to be successful in the hospitality industry.
    • To use strategies for managing diverse multicultural workplaces.
    • To comprehend and articulate written and oral communication through employee and guest relations.
    Learning Outcomes

    The student learning objectives for the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program and approved by the University are:

    1. Analyze major trends and leadership practices in hotel, restaurant and tourism-related enterprises.
    2. Apply accounting, human resource (including both gender and diversity), marketing and management skills to exceed the objectives of hospitality organizations in the operation of their business.
    3. Develop and apply strategies for attracting new guests while retaining existing guests.
    4. Prepare and analyze budgets and financial statements to maximize the profits of hospitality businesses.
    5. Apply the principles of property maintenance and risk management to preserve and enhance the value of hospitality properties.
    6. Develop and enforce operating procedures to ensure hospitality properties are generating maximum sales and profits all while acting in an ethical manner.
    7. Integrate the knowledge and skills obtained in the courses in the hotel, restaurant and tourism management curriculum through practical leadership experiences in the hospitality industry.
    Career Opportunities

    Entry Positions

    The number and variety of companies recruiting graduates continue to increase. Most corporations or companies place graduates in management positions. The amount of training that a new manager will receive is dependent on the complexity of the organization and on the skills of the individual. Other graduates may elect to pursue sales careers or become entrepreneurs. Your success is based on your ability.

    The average starting salary of the 2011-18 graduate was between $37,000 - $52,000 based on training position and job secured. As you advance within a hospitality and tourism company, your salary will increase depending on the level of responsibility. Many of our graduates have become general and executive directors of large corporations and are managing millions of dollars.

    Companies where graduates hold leadership positions:

    Recruiting Sites:

    Other Sites:

    HRTM Advisory Board

    Industry Representatives

    Ai

    Asakura

    International Sales Executive

    Hilton

    James

    Condon

    Guest Service Manager

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

    Rana

    Connors

    Front Desk & Guest Services Manager

    Lodge Kohler

    Pete 

    Foster

    President                                                 

    Wismin Hospitality / Eastside Hospitality 

    Haley

    Gales

    Regional Director of People & Culture

    Graduate Hotels

    Steve

    Green

    Principal Sales Specialist – Emerging Innovations

     IDeas/SAS Softwate MSP

    Pete 

    Hayda

    Managing Director, Sales and Marketing

    Little Nell Hotel Group

    Lee

    Kerfoot

    Vice President 

    HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors

    Bryan 

    McBroom

    Food & Beverage Manager

    Delaware North Sportservice

    Terri 

    Mertz

    Regional Director/AMER Revenue Management

    IHG - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors

    Garth 

    Peterson 

    Managing Director

    IDeas/SAS Software MSP

    Doug

    Rohde

    President                                                 

    LHR Hotel Managment

    Randy 

    Ruder

    General Manager and Chairman of  CMAA  

    Beachpoint Club

    Amy 

    Shahin

    Director of Sales & Marketing 

    JW Marriott Mall of America 

    Paul

    Sheehan

    Director Industrial Sales|Burke|Foodservice;  UW-Stout Graduate

    Hormel Foods

    Scott 

    Stuckey

    General Manager

    Omni Hotels Louisville, KY

    David

    Weber

    Vice President Foodservice Sales; UW-Stout Graduate

    Hormel Foods

    Michael

    Wilson

    Director of Conventions & Meeting Planning

    American Veterinary Medical Association

    Samantha

    Ziwicki

    Corporate Relations

    Minnesota Vikings

    School of Hospitality Leadership Representatives

    Carole Jean 

    Baier

    HRTM Program Associate

    UW-Stout

    Jay

    Jones

    Assistant Professor

    UW-Stout 

    Eric

    Brey

    Professor/Department Chair

    UW-Stout 

    Kristal

    Gerdes

    Associate Professor/Dept Chair

    UW-Stout 

    Betsy

    Pudliner

    Associate Professor

    UW-Stout

    Gindy

    Neidermyer

    Interim CSTEMM Dean 

    UW-Stout

    John

    Sobota

    Lecturer/HRTM Program Director

    UW-Stout

    Student Representatives

    Bailey

    Jacque

    HRTM Student  

    UW-Stout Student

    Grace 

    Rucker

    HRTM Student

    UW-Stout Student

    George

    Gray

    HRTM Student  

    UW-Stout Student

    Claire

    Henneman

    HRTM Student

    UW-Stout Student

    Samantha

    Micoley

    HRTM Student

    UW-Stout Student

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