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Studying in the School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers the following unique advantages:

• 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


Program Options


The School of HEaT offers the following minors and certificates:

• Hotel Management

• Restaurant Management

• Tourism Management

• Events Management

• Beverage Management (must be 21 years of age or older)


Sample Classes


  • Introduction to Hospitality, Events and Tourism
  • Food Fundamentals
  • Beverage Fundamentals
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Managerial Accounting for Hospitality
  • Event Industry
  • Event Catering Strategies

Program Accreditation


The degree program in Hospitality, Events and Tourism at MSU Denver is accredited through Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).


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