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B.S. in Hospitality Management

Program Overview

Our hospitality management program affords you the opportunity to stay in KC, work in KC and earn your degree in KC.

To earn your bachelor's degree from K-State, students need to complete 120 total credit hours. The first 60 credits are earned from one of our community college partners in Greater Kansas City. The remaining 60 credits are earned from K-State— 18 hours are face-to-face at K-State Olathe and 32 hours are online through the K-State Global Campus.


• 16-week courses that meet once a week.

• Ability to specialize in an area most applicable to your career.

• Full-time faculty/advisors with experience as practitioners.

Competitive, flat-rate tuition and fees, regardless of state and city of residency.

• Scholarship opportunities.

• Established hospitality management program that dates back to 1952.


• Application of skills relevant to all aspects of hospitality and guest services.

• Immediate use of concepts and skills in your work environment.

• Full-time faculty/advisors with lodging and restaurant experience.

• A working relationship with Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Metropolitan Community College.

Opportunity to Specialize

The hospitality management program at the K-State Olathe campus is flexible and tailored to the Greater Kansas City region. Students can customize their degree to match their career goals by working in an area that leads to a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.

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The curriculum is designed to prepare working professionals in the hospitality industry to become better leaders and managers in lodging, restaurants, clubs, conference centers, event spaces, sales and human resources. A systems approach to hospitality management will be explored in the curriculum and 900 hours of handson experience is required.

See what courses the Olathe campus offers and download course documents. 

Course topics

• Hotel, restaurant and event operations

• Cost controls in hospitality operations

• Sales and promotions

• Beverage management

• Service systems

• Revenue management

• Facilities management

• Human resource management

• Hospitality law

• Advanced hotel operations

• Accounting

• Finance

• Marketing


Course delivery

Some courses are offered in person and other courses are offered online. In-person classes meet once a week at the K-State Olathe campus. Online options through 
K-State Olathe campus also will be used. Most courses are 16 weeks in length.


Career Pathways

The following professions are available to graduates with a bachelor's degree in hospitality management:

Owner/EntrepreneurDirector of events
General managerConference service manager
Director of roomsRevenue manager
Director of salesDirector of food and beverage



How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed for students to complete their bachelor’s degree in two to three years, depending on course transferability.


What courses transfer to Kansas State University's degree completion program?

Use the Course Transfer Equivalency database — olathe.k-state.edu/transfermycourses— to find which credits transfer.

For specic questions about courses, email olatheapp@k-state.edu.


Why earn a bachelor's degree?

A degree in hospitality, along with work experience, will open doors to a richer hospitality leadership position. In addition, the program’s faculty are well connected with area hospitality leaders — allowing you to live in KC, work in KC and earn your degree in KC.



Brett Horton
Professor of Practice in
Hospitality Management


Admissions Guide

Admissions requirements are outlined in the downloadable pdf file in the link below. 

B.S. in Hospitality Management Admissions Checklist


Find Your Educational Fit

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Looking to finish what you started? At K-State's Olathe campus, you can complete your undergraduate degree with a combination of in-person and online courses. 

Interested in traditional student experience? Learn more about the B.S. in Hospitality Management at the Manhattan campus