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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE) at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is among the country’s most innovative. The BA in HTE is offered in the context of an on-campus hotel/learning laboratory specifically designed to prepare you to take your place as a leader in the hotel, restaurant, tourism and
meeting/event-management industries.

As an HTE major, you will have the opportunity to study and get hands-on training in all aspects of hospitality, from cooking in MSU Denver’s own student-run restaurant to working in our SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown hotel. You will learn hospitality-management fundamentals so that after graduation you will be fully prepared for operations and management positions in HTE-related industries.

Program Options

Students working toward a BA in HTE choose from the following concentrations:

• Hotel Management

• Restaurant Management

• Tourism Management

• Events Management




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

Earning your BA in HTE from MSU Denver offers the following unique advantages:

• Study on a vibrant campus in downtown Denver, the heart of Colorado’s hospitality industry.

• Learn in one of only 11 campus-based teaching hotels in the U.S. and the only one in Colorado.

• Benefit from small classes where you will get personal attention; the average class size is 32.

• Enjoy guidance from industry-experienced faculty members who are dedicated to your success.

• Get involved in a variety of industry-related professional organizations for students on campus.

• Volunteer in high-profile settings in conjunction with local chapters of professional associations.

• Become a certified sommelier through International Sommelier Guild classes right on campus.

• Study abroad in locations such as the Caribbean, the Czech Republic and Argentina.

• Complete a hospitality internship or work at first-class hotels and venues in downtown Denver.

• Get hands-on experience in our award-winning Hospitality Learning Center, a spacious academic

building and learning laboratory that includes:

• The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, a fully functioning hotel with 150 rooms

• The Metropolitan Grill, a 72-seat student-run restaurant with mixology stations

• The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Conference Center

• A modern wine and beer sensory-analysis lab and high-tech demonstration kitchen

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Because of the quality of MSU Denver’s HTE alumni, our BA in HTE degree program has an excellent reputation in the Colorado hospitality industry. HTE graduates can leave campus with fulltime jobs earning starting annual salaries that range from $30,000 to $45,000.

Hear from our students:

“I can honestly say my experience here has been a most pleasurable one and that my intent and eagerness to succeed reflects on the department. It is the professors and staff within the HTE Department that drive me to excel in my studies as well as in my career.”

—Ari Lewis (BA Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Hotel and Restaurant Concentration 2005)

Alumni at Work

Our graduates go on to jobs at Sage Hospitality, Stonebridge Companies, Denver Botanical Gardens, Visit Denver, the Denver Art Museum, the Brown Palace Hotel, Kinsley Meetings, Providence Hospitality Partners, LiveWell Colorado, Loveland Ski Area, JW Marriott Denver, Hotel Monaco, Jackalope Market (line of hormone- and antibiotic-free foods), Knotty Tie Co. (an online custom-neckwear business), MSU Denver and many others.

Sample Classes

Introduction to Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Food Fundamentals

Beverage Fundamentals

Sustainable Tourism

Managerial Accounting for Hospitality

Event Industry

Event Catering Strategies

Program Accreditation

The BA degree program in HTE at MSU Denver is accredited through Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

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