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Hospitality Business Management

WSU’s online bachelor’s degree in hospitality business management provides the fundamental knowledge you need to advance in the fast-growing and wide-ranging hospitality industry. You will gain expertise in operations, revenues, sales, service, event planning and consulting. You will learn to apply those skills to careers at hotels, restaurants, sports and convention centers, senior facilities, and tourist destinations, both in the U.S. and across the world.

WSU’s online hospitality business management degree program offers several notable features:


All courses are online. The hospitality business management degree courses are seven weeks long, and other non-business courses are in the traditional 16-week format. This is a flexible program designed for students who want to attend part time or full time. Students admitted to the program will work with their Global Campus academic advisor to map out a plan to degree completion.

Dedicated scholarships

In addition to federal and state financial aid options, the HBM program offers more than $125,000 in annual scholarships for students in their second year or beyond.

Experienced faculty

WSU faculty bring extensive hands-on industry experience to the curriculum.

Real-world skills

Students are required to work 1,000 paid hours in the hospitality industry, which provides career connections and raises their profile for corporate recruiters.

International travel

Students can apply to spend a semester studying at the Brig campus of César Ritz Colleges Switzerland.


WSU’s hospitality program was established in 1932, making it the third-oldest hospitality program in the U.S. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top 10 hospitality programs and is part of WSU’s AACSB-accredited Carson College of Business. Learn more about the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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All WSU undergraduates must complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU's Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

Students must also complete the College of Business graduation requirements and the hospitality business management degree program requirements.

  • Certification Requirements:
    (30 semester credits)

    To be eligible to certify as a business major, students must:

    • Complete the following certification courses with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher:
      • ACCTG 230, 231 - Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting
      • B_LAW 210 - Law and the Legal Environment
      • MGTOP 215 - Business Statistics
      • ECONS 101, 102 - Micro and Macro (prerequisite Math 099 or 101 with a grade of C or better)
      • ENGLISH 101 - College Composition
      • MATH 201, 202 - Finite Math and Business Calculus
      • MATH 172, 171 - Calculus II and Calculus I
      • MIS 250 - Managing Information Technology
    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
    • Have earned at least 60 semester credit hours
  • College of Business Requirements:
    (27 semester credits)
    • MGMT 301 - Principles of Management and Organization
    • FIN 325 - Introduction to Financial Management
    • MKTG 360 - Marketing
    • HBM 495 - Case Studies and Research
    • POL_S 418 - Human Issues in International Development
    • PSYCH or SOC course
    • COM 102 - Public Speaking in the Digital Age OR
      H_D 205 - Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
    • ENGLISH 402 - Technical and Professional Writing
    • Liberal arts course meeting global learning requirement
  • Hospitality Business Management Requirements:
    (25 credits. Note: All HBM courses are seven weeks)
    • HBM 101 - Introduction to Industry Experience (formerly HBM 182)
    • HBM 280 - Hospitality Systems
    • HBM 358 - Foodservice Systems and Control
    • HBM 381 - Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behavior
    • HBM 401 - Industry experience (1 credit) (formerly HBM 320)
    • HBM 491 - Operational Analysis
    • HBM 494 - Service Operations Management
    • MGMT 450 - Personnel and Human Resources Management
    • ECONS 305 - Microeconomics OR ECONS 323 - Labor Economics OR ECONS 423 - Collective Bargaining (Some courses in development)
  • Electives:
    (6 credits of upper division business courses, 12 credits outside the major)

    Upper-division electives include courses from ACCTG, B_LAW, ENTRP, HBM, I_BUS, MGMT, MGTOP, MIS, MKTG.

  • International Experience Requirement:

    The College of Business has a six-credit international experience requirement to help students develop the skills to succeed in the global marketplace. A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.

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