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Overview

FIU’s online undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management will prepare you to excel and lead in the world’s biggest industry. Our fully online B.S. in Hospitality 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.
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  • Why Apply?

    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.

    Partnerships 

    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 26 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.

    OR

    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

    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.

    or

    Advanced Food and Beverage Operations 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.

    Hospitality Marketing Strategy - (GL) 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.

    or

    Tourism Destination Marketing HFT 4509
    Comprehensive study of strategies and advanced techniques used in marketing tourism destinations and products. Marketing plan developed.

    Hospitality Industry Law and Ethics - (GL) 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 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.

    Diversity and Inclusion in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4247
    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
    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.

    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.

    Pathways to Hospitality 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 Hospitality 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.

    Leadership in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4295 

    To introduce the student to the fundamentals of leadership and basic leadership skills for organizational success. Prerequisite: Graduating Seniors

     

    or

    Emotional Intelligence and Soft Skills for the Hospitality Industry HFT 3006

    This course will help students develop character traits and interpersonal skills associated with high emotion

    or

    Social Responsibility in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry HFT 3073

    This course examines hospitality companies and global issues that will affect their communities and business. It includes service learning and reflection of your individual responsibilities

    or

    Managing High-Functioning Teams HFT 4545

    Course covers factors contributing to effective teams. Students will experience and process activities to help group members build skills for teamwork. This is an experimental course requiring a high level of participation. 
     

    Additional Requirements

    General Hospitality Management Majors - 34 Credits

     

    Select 30 credits plus either HFT 4945 (1) or HFT 3941 (1), and HFT 4296 (Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism (3) under the advisement with a Chaplin
    School academic advisor.

     

  • 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

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT or ACT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    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

    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

    International Students

    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.


    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

    USA



    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

  • Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

    The combined B.S./M.S. program accelerates completion of the master’s degree in a shorter time period. This program is for the Hospitality Management B.S./M.S. program only and has been designed to be a continuous program. Upon completion of all the requirements of the undergraduate program, students will receive their B.S. degree, followed by their M.S. degree upon completion of graduate-level requirements.

    Admission into this program requires current enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management at FIU. In addition, an applicant must have completed between 75+ credit hours of course work with a G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher.

    Students who are interested in pursuing this combined degree should contact their academic advisor.

  • Tuition

    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

    Dale Gomez
    Dale Gomez, M.S. MIS, is the director of Information Technology at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Mr. Gomez is also the online learning administrator and adjunct instructor of hospitality Information Technology. His Information Technology experience spans more than 16 years, and includes expertise in database management and administration, desktop publishing, hospitality information technology, network management, programming, system management and website design.

    Miranda Kitterlin
    Dr. Miranda Kitterlin is an assistant professor in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Kitterlin worked for 11 years in the lodging and food and beverage industries in Louisiana, Michigan, and Las Vegas. Her research focuses primarily on food and beverage, human resources and organizational behavior issues. She has published on topics of foodservice industry employee selection and screening, employee behavior and perceptions, training needs of hospitality employees, food-safety education and hospitality student learning styles. Much of her work centers on employee substance abuse and employment drug testing in the hospitality industry.

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Highlights

  • 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.
  • This program grants you access to Career Engage and associated scholarships.
  • #1 Best Online Bachelor's Degree for Hospitality Management, BestColleges.com, 2019-2020
  • #9 Best Hospitality Management Degrees Online, GuidetoOnlineSchools.com, 2020

  • #1 Best Colleges for Hospitality Management in Florida, CollegeFactual.com, 2020
  • Chaplin School ranked in top 50 worldwide, QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019
  • #1 Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Online Programs, BestHospitalityDegrees.com, 2018
  • #2 Best Online Bachelor's Programs, CollegeChoice.net, 2017
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