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HOSPITALITY, EVENTS AND TOURISM AT MSU DENVER

Preparing leaders and innovators for the Hospitality, Events and Tourism industries

There aren’t many universities around the country that offer a LEED Gold® hotel, a commercial conference space or a state-of-the-art beer laboratory immediately on their campus. MSU Denver is the only higher-ed institution that has all three and is the largest hospitality program within 400 miles. The facilities and resources offered by the School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism (HEaT) give students unrivaled hands-on experience they might not get anywhere else. We’ll provide you with the best education through hands-on learning and real-world experience without burying you under a mountain of debt.  

The School of HEaT offers baccalaureate degrees in Hotel Management, Event and Meeting Management, Restaurant Management, Travel and Tourism Management, and Brewing. Our programs are nationally recognized as some of the most innovative, valuable and comprehensive in higher education. Hospitality is the second-largest industry in Colorado, and you’ll learn to be the best at what you do in the epicenter of the state’s best facilities. We offer several scholarships across all disciplines, including the prestigious Dimond Fellows Awardand we assist our students and graduates in finding internships and work in areas related to their concentration.  

With an education focused on value and transformation from classroom to career, MSU Denver offers a place like no other to earn such a cost-effective bachelor’s degree in hospitality. Most of our students work within their desired industry while attending classes, further enhancing their knowledge and making them more attractive candidates for permanent employment. Our experienced faculty assists our students in recognizing their skills and developing the professionalism they’ll need for their career.  

We maintain our curriculum to adapt to constantly changing industry standards and to fit our students’ needs. If you’re a people person who wants to develop leadership skills and learn from the best, we invite you to become part of the Hospitality, Events and Tourism family. 



Jim Koch, founder and owner of Boston Beer, makers of Samuel Adams “MSU Denver is training students for the future of the brewing industry and doing it in a way that no one else is approaching.”

Jim Koch

Founder and owner of Boston Beer, makers of Samuel Adams


Career Prospects

Graduates with a degree in School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism are working throughout their industries in positions such as:

Craft brewing production, travel writing, convention services, general management, chef and many more



Shinyong (Shawn) Jung Dr. Shawn Jung has global experience in the hospitality and events industry, having worked for Shepard Exposition Services, UNLV Student Union and Event Services, Midas Convention Services in the U.S. and COEX Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. At MSU Denver, Jung teaches courses on event industry, project planning, conventions, and Trade-shows. He is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association.

Shawn Jung

Assistant Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Events


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