FIU’s online undergraduate degree in Travel & Tourism Management will prepare you to excel and lead in the world’s biggest industry. Our fully online B.S. in Travel & Tourism Management program is part of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, which is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality management schools in the United States and has won international recognition.
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With your online degree from FIU, you’ll gain fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. Our online curriculum is flexible, current and provides students with a solid foundation in business management, finance, logistics, accounting and operations.
At FIU Online, you’ll learn from faculty members with strong academic credentials, excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience. We’ve designed our online undergraduate degree programs with all the support you need to thrive as a student. With 24/7 access to interactive technology, real-time feedback from faculty and the one-on-one guidance of a dedication success coach, we’re with you every step of the way.
The curriculum for this fully 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.
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
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
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
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.
Pathways to Success I HFT 1070
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 first semester.
Pathways to Success II HFT 3072
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.
Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management HFT 1000
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
An in-depth study of human resources management in 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 2401
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
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
Introductory Commercial Food Production FSS 3230C
Study of basic and intermediate commercial food production management skills required in menu design. The knowledge will be applied in the production of appetizers, salads, main course items and desserts.
Advanced Food Production Management FSS 4234C
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.
Pre-requisite: FSS 3230C
*Alternative course option available with Academic Advisor Approval
Dining Services Management HFT 3263
Analysis of principal operating problems facing managers in the restaurant industry. Various control systems necessary for profitability and quality are examined.
Lodging Operations Control HFT 3453
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.
Hospitality Marketing Strategy HFT 3503
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.
Hospitality Industry Law HFT 3603
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 Facilities Environmental Systems HFT 4323
A comprehensive survey of engineering, maintenance, and efficiency controls in hotels, restaurants, and institutions. Emphasizes the importance of Operations Facilities Engineering Management and the environment. This is a Global Learning Course.
Hospitality Analytics and Revenue Management HFT 4413
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.
Financial Analysis in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4464
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
Advanced study of the decision-making process involved in the hospitality industry. Emphasis on budgeting, pricing decisions, cost-volume-profit analysis and capital budgeting.
Advanced Internship for Hospitality and Tourism HFT 4945
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.
Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management HFT 4294
Student groups identify and research a major problem of a hospitality enterprise. Discussions will focus on problems and solutions. Final report required.
Can only be taken the semester you graduate.
Hospitality Electives - 24 Credits
Electives can be chosen from any 3000/4000 level HFT or FSS course. If desired, students may choose courses in any concentration to meet 12 of the 24 required elective credits.
Travel & Tourism Management Concentration Courses
International Travel and Tourism HFT 3713
An introduction to the international scope of travel and tourism. A brief analysis of regional framework and specific regions of the world, the interrelationship between human society and the physical environment.
Sustainable Tourism Practices HFT 3701
In-depth study of contemporary issues pertaining to tourism based on the natural environment. Explores management strategies suitable for controlling a growing industry.
Destination & Cultures HFT 3735
A geographical analysis of worldwide tourist destination regions and their major attractions. The course emphasizes how geographic and cultural factors are critical to the attractiveness of a tourist destination.
Tourism Destination Marketing HFT 4509
Comprehensive study of strategies and advanced techniques used in marketing tourism destinations and products. Marketing plan developed.
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
First Year Students
Please submit the following:
- Online application
- $30 application fee.
- Official SAT or ACT scores.
- Official high school transcripts.
Please submit the following:
- Online application
- $30 application fee.
- Official college transcripts.
- If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.
Please submit the following:
- Online application
- $30 application fee
- Updated official transcripts
In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:
- Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
- Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
- If you have less than 60 transferrable 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.
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.
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
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John D. Buschman
Dr. John Buschman teaches global hospitality, tourism, and events management courses at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and is a co-director of the GST program. His three decades of professional experience in the global hospitality and tourism industry included working in everything from an island eco-lodge in Brazil, to major resort hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean and California, to global tourism companies throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean. Dr. Buschman has served on the industry advisory boards of Maritz Travel and Networld, Inc. and on the boards of directors of the Florida Food Policy Council, the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence and the Sustainable Events Network, Florida and Caribbean. Since coming to FIU, Dr. Buschman’s work has centered on food waste reduction and recovery from hospitality, tourism and events operations, and the redistribution of food to people in need. Students in his course Social Responsibility for the Hospitality Industry have recovered more than 250,000 meals from events like the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the NFL Super Bowl, served more than 50,000 meals to the homeless and redirected over 1 million pounds of food toward food-insecure populations. Drawing from his global industry experience, Dr. Buschman created the new course Destination Marketing and Management for Cultural & Heritage Tourism specifically for the GST degree.
Dale Gomez is the Director, Information Technology at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Mr. Gomez has also taken the role of Online Learning Administrator, Adjunct Instructor and Global Technology Liaison for the University. Mr. Gomez's Information Technology experience spans over 18 years. His primary responsibilities include providing technical leadership and support in the implementation of desktop administrative computing, networking management, media services and enterprise systems for the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Mr. Gomez is Vice-Chairman of the FIU’s Information Technology Administrators Committee whose focus is the development of the computing initiatives that support University-wide technological advancements. In 2014 Mr. Gomez was named top 10 Heads of Higher Education by Tech Decisions and was awarded the 2014 BEST Integrators award for the School’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab. Mr. Gomez is a graduate of Florida International University's College of Business. Mr. Gomez earned his Master of Science in Management Information Systems in August 2006, and his Bachelor of Business Administration in August 2002.
Dr. Carolin Lusby is an Assistant Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in tourism, research methods and leadership. She received her doctoral degree in Tourism Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2007. Furthermore, Dr. Lusby holds a master’s degree in Tourism and the Environments from the World Leisure Center of Excellence at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Prior to beginning her career in academia, Dr. Lusby worked in the tourism industry where she found her passion for approaching touring and using tourism as a tool for personal transformation. Among others, Dr. Lusby was a youth travel guide for Europe’s biggest teen travel company, worked for a teen adventure travel company and developed skills and training in adventure and experience based learning. Ultimately, she became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a Ropes Course Facilitator. In her first academic teaching endeavor at California State University Long Beach, Dr. Lusby assumed the role of head of the tourism program. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Lusby became interested in the topic of sustainability and became a Green Globe certified auditor. Seeing tourism’s potential for negative impacts on people, culture and the environment, Dr. Lusby focused on sustainable development of tourism and incorporated community based tourism in her study tours. Dr. Lusby speaks German and French and firmly believes in the value of meaningful study abroad experiences to foster the development of global citizens.
120 Credits Required
228.81 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees
345.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees
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