Skip to Main Content.

Degree Title

Bachelor of Science

Fall 2024 Start Date:

August 26, 2024

Spring 2025 Start Date:

January 6, 2025


FIU’s online undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management: Hospitality Leadership Major will prepare you to excel and lead in the world’s biggest industry and to fill strategic roles in administration to lead specialized teams through people-centered approaches. With your degree from the Chaplin School, you'll set yourself apart from the crowd by gaining real-world knowledge from one of the top hospitality schools in the country.

The best leaders in the hospitality industry inspire people to follow them and live up to the example they’re setting. The Hospitality Leadership Major compliments the hospitality core curriculum with a focus on developing people-centered leaders. This includes competencies in areas such as diversity, inclusion, collaboration, service, emotional intelligence, and creating a positive organization.

2024 ranking by TOPUNIVERSITIES.COM that states it is #6 Best Hospitality Management Program in the U.S. 2024 ranking by TOPUNIVERSITIES.COM that states it is #31 Best Hospitality Management Program in the world.

  • Why Apply?

    The curriculum for this online program blends academic instruction with hands-on experience, including at the prestigious South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which benefits FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. For graduation, each student must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours in the industry and completed an advanced internship of an additional 300 hours.

    The program offers a comprehensive set of core requirements and practical experiences that provide a solid foundation in business management, finance, logistics, accounting, operations and more, preparing you to excel and lead in the biggest industry in the world.


    The Chaplin School, in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, supports the annual production of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capitol One (SOBEWFF®). The event, which is the largest of its kind in the U.S., generates experiential learning opportunities for as many as 1,200 FIU students each year. Additionally, the Chaplin School has developed many other long-standing relationships with major global hospitality and tourism corporations such as Sandals Resorts, Carnival Corporation & PLC (funder of the Carnival Gold Scholars and the Carnival Student Center on our BBC campus) and Marriott International (namesake for the school’s Marriott Tianjin China Program). The school also has partnerships with some well-known names like the Fontainebleau Miami Beach which hosts the world renowned nightclub, LIV® and food and beverage producers such as Bacardi USA, and Badia Spices.

  • Courses

    A total of 120 credits are required for the degree, including 60 program credits and 60 credits to meet University Core Curriculum and lower division requirements. Within the program, the 60 credits include 36 Hospitality Core credits, 12 Concentration Credits and 12 Elective credits.

    Hospitality Pre-Core Courses

    The following lower divisional, pre-core courses are to be taken before starting hospitality core courses. Some courses can also be used to meet UCC (University Core Curriculum) requirements:

    Microeconomics ECO 2023 (3 credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the theory and practices of contemporary microeconomics. The course will begin with a discussion on how agents deal with the fundamental problem of scarcity. The discussion will then turn to the basic concepts and tools used in microeconomic analysis.


    Macroeconomics ECO 2013 (3 credits)

    Introduction to economic analysis of the overall economy: national income accounting, unemployment, inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, budget deficits and debt, long-run growth.

    Public Speaking SPC 2608 (3 credits)

    This course will take an academic approach to speech communication. The course will examine the basic elements of research, construction and delivery of original public presentation. By understanding what components go into a good speech, an individual will look more confident in their presentation.


    Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management HFT 1000 (3 credits)

    A survey course providing an overview of the industry, its history, problems, and general operating procedures. Operating executives from the fields of hotel, restaurant, foodservice, travel, and tourism will be featured periodically.

    Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry HFT 2220 (3 credits)

    An in-depth study of human resources management in the hospitality industry designed to improve and advance student’s skills through understanding of both hourly and management human resource policies, practices and procedures.

    Accounting for the Hospitality Industry HFT 240 (3 credits)

    Introduction to the principles of accounting as they apply to the hospitality industry. Required for students who have not satisfactorily completed introductory accounting courses.

    Hospitality Information Technology HFT 2441 (3 credits)

    Covers computer applications in the hospitality industry including information technology specific to hotel and restaurant accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Course includes hands-on laboratory assignments with a Hotel Property Management System and a Restaurant POS/back-office.

    Hospitality Core Requirements

    Pathways to Success I HFT 1070 (1 credit)

    Designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of academic policies, procedures and requirements for matriculation and graduation from the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Must be taken in the first semester.

    Pathways to Success II HFT 3072 (1 credit)

    This course exposes students to all career services offered by CSHTM. Students will review career/education goals in line with strengths, skills and values and will leverage all career services. Must be taken after 60 earned credits.


    Choose one of the following:

    Advanced Food Production Management FSS 4234C (3 credits)

    A course in advanced food production and service techniques to provide the student with realistic productions, services and managerial experience. Staffing, merchandising and cost control procedures are integral parts of the course.


    Lodging Operations Control HFT 3453 (3 credits)

    Focuses on controlling expenses and revenues of a full-service lodging operation using qualitative and quantitative techniques. Based on using the uniform system of accounts for the lodging industry.


    Choose one of the following:

    Hospitality Marketing Strategy HFT 3503 (3 credits)

    Examines marketing principles, theories and concepts and the use of management principles and techniques of analysis, planning, implementation and control to maximize marketing effectiveness in hospitality organizations. Stresses marketing of services. This is a Global Learning Course.


    Tourism Destination Marketing HFT 4509 (3 credits)

    Comprehensive study of the strategies and advanced techniques used in marketing tourism destinations and products. Marketing plan developed

    Hospitality Industry Law HFT 3603 (3 credits)

    Introduction to hotel, motel, and restaurant law emphasizing risk management and security. Students learn about the fundamental laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the hospitality industry through a case study approach. This is a Global Learning Course.

    Hospitality Analytics and Revenue Management HFT 4413 (3 credits)

    Detailed study of methods used in serving and tracking guest history and yield management in the hospitality industry. Demonstrates state-of-the-art technology and concepts.

    Diversity and Inclusion in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4247 (3 credits)

    This course examines concepts related to under-represented minorities in the hospitality industry with an emphasis on navigating challenges and creating opportunities for aspiring leaders.

    Financial Analysis in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4464 (3 credits)

    Facilitates understanding and use of financial analysis in the hospitality industry. Topics include decision-making based on ratio analysis, leverage, financing sources and other financial issues.

    Prerequisite: HFT 2401.

    Management Accounting for the Hospitality Industry HFT 4474 (3 credits)

    Advanced study of the decision-making process involved in the hospitality industry. Emphasis on budgeting, pricing decisions, cost-volume-profit analysis and capital budgeting.

    Prerequisite: HFT2401

    Advanced Internship for Hospitality and Tourism HFT 4945 (1 credit) or HFT 3941 (1 credit)

    Hospitality/tourism work experience to provide exposure to management and training functions, job rotation tasks and/or projects not previously performed. Minimum 300 hours/ten weeks field experience.

    Pre-requisites: Documented completion of 500 hospitality related work hours of which must be completed while enrolled at FIU. Permission of an advisor.


    Choose one of the following:

    Leadership in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4295 (3 credits)

    To introduce the student to the fundamentals of leadership and basic leadership skills for organizational success


    Emotional Intelligence and Soft Skills for the Hospitality Industry HFT 3006 (3 credits)

    This course will help students develop character traits and interpersonal skills associated with high emotional intelligence to improve work relationships with others.


    Social Responsibility in the Hospitality Industry HFT 3073 (3 credits)

    This course examines hospitality companies and global issues that will affect their communities and businesses. It includes service learning and reflection of your individual responsibilities. This is a Global Learning Course.

    Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism HFT 4296 (3 credits)

    Capstone integration of real organizational situations. Decision making applied to Hospitality/Tourism business/corporate level strategy concepts, firm performance, and global citizenship. Seniors Only.

    Additional Requirements

    Hospitality Electives - 24 Credits

    Electives can be chosen to equal required 120 credits for degree completion.

    Hospitality leadership Courses

    Choose 12 credits from the following options:

    • HFT 3073 Social Responsibility in the Hospitality Industry (3 credits)
    • HFT 3202 Fundamentals of Management (3 credits)
    • HFT 4224 Human Relations (3 credits)
    • HFT 3006 Emotional Intelligence in the Hospitality Industry (3 credits)
    • HFT 3246 Positive Organizations in the Hospitality Industry (3 credits)
    • HFT 4240 Managing Service Organizations (3 credits)
    • HFT 4295 Leadership in the Hospitality Industry (3 credits)
    • HFT 3930 Any three approved PODS (1 credit each)


  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    FIU Admission Requirements

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    Freshman Students

    Please submit the following: 

    • Online application 
    • $30 application fee. 
    • Official SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores. 
    • Official high school transcripts. 
    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 
    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS). We will temporarily be accepting the Duolingo English Test for the entering transfer students through Fall 2023. 
    • You can find more information about how to register for the exam here: Duolingo English Test 
    • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts. 
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    Program Admission Requirements

    A total of 120 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

    Applicants to the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management must submit an Undergraduate Application for admission to the University and must follow the regular University admissions procedures described in the FIU Undergraduate Admissions website (click "How to Apply"). Applicants must be eligible for admission to the University before being accepted to the School.

    • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 written or 
    • Or 63 ibT or IELTS of 5.0 overall is required for international applicants. 

    Any student who has completed two years of college (60 transferable semester hours) may apply for admission as a transfer student to the upper division program. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for transfer students. Students with a GPA lower than 2.0 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Admissions will review your official transcripts for transfer credits upon submission of your application. Domestic students may enroll on either a full-time or a part-time basis; International students must enroll full-time (at least 12 credits per semester). Students with less than 60 transfer credits are subject to freshman admission criteria.

    All students are required to meet the University’s core curriculum requirements prior to graduation. It is not necessary to have been previously enrolled in a hotel, restaurant or tourism program. The curriculum will provide the specialized professional education to equip the student for a career in hospitality and tourism management. Students with training in liberal arts, business, education, or technology, for example, are qualified to enroll in the program.

    A maximum of 60 lower division undergraduate semester credits may be transferred from a junior or community college program. More credits may be transferred from a related upper-division program at a four-year institution.

    Undergraduate applicants are advised to respect the Admissions Deadlines of the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

    Admission Documents

    To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to: 

Florida International University 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    P.O. Box 659003

    Miami, FL 33265-9003


    FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via: 

    • Faster (All FL public institutions) 
    • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools) 
    • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records 

    *Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

  • Tuition and Aid

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

  • Top Faculty

    Faculty value student exploration and encourage innovation. They serve as mentors and models who challenge and inspire students. Chaplin school faculty members combine strong academic credentials with excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience to inspire students to become leaders in hospitality and tourism. Students learn from experts on all aspects of the field from wine tasting to leadership and entrepreneurship to sustainability. Professors are steeped in knowledge about the newest new inroads to outside fields such as healthcare, and the geopolitical influence on hospitality in emerging markets. Faculty also prepare students with sound approaches to financing and networking to help encourage opportunities and innovation.

120 Credits Required

235.57 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

648.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.


  • Undergraduate Student Application Deadlines
  • Fully Online Degree
  • Every online student is paired with a success coach
  • Program starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Become part of an exceptional community and make the most of your education. Join the Honors College.
  • #1 for The 20 Best Online Hospitality Management and Tourism Bachelor’s Degree Colleges Of 2022,
  • # 1 Most Popular Colleges for Hospitality Management,, 2022
  • #1 Best Online Hospitality Management Degree Programs,, 2022
  • #1 Best Online Bachelor's Degree for Hospitality Management,, 2019-2020
  • #9 Best Hospitality Management Degrees Online,, 2020
  • #1 Best Programs for Online Hotel Management Degrees,, 2020

Quick Links

Information for...