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Hotel managers play a vital role in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry. They lead guest services and staff development to ensure vacationers and business travelers enjoy their experience. They maximize business profits through revenue management and operations. And they help drive the economic success of communities through lodging and tourism.

Advance your career with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from MSU Denver’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events. The Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program provides transformational career training and educational opportunities that balance academics with skills development in a variety of areas including housekeeping, human resources, legal issues, front desk service, marketing, hospitality accounting, revenue management and operations management.

In the competitive lodging industry, a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from MSU Denver places you above the competition to help you build a rewarding management career in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry.


Program Options


In addition to the four-year bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, MSU Denver offers a certificate or minor in the field. The certificate is a stepping stone towards a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, particularly useful for students who have work experience in Hotel Management and are starting to think about getting ahead in their career. The minor is meant to complement related majors at MSU Denver, such as Business or Aviation; this is a great option for students interested in airport management or similar leadership roles in which knowledge of the Hotel Management industry would be beneficial.


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Apply for the Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program, which recruits and rewards high-achieving students with unique professional development opportunities. These include paid internships with the executive teams at Stonebridge Companies hotels in Denver, mentorship from Hotel Management industry professionals, networking meetings with leaders in the local Hotel Management industry and the annual $5,000 Dimond Elite Fellow of the Year award.

Manage a lodging property in a real-time, simulated environment during your senior-level capstone course. MSU Denver’s unique, diverse approach to education in Hotel Management helps students transition to the workforce by exposing them to situations and issues they’ll face day to day in Hotel Management.

Access all of the benefits of MSU Denver’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events including its central campus location, networking groups, special events, community partnerships and training facilities.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


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MSU Denver is one of the top choices in the country for employers seeking fill Hotel Management internships and jobs. When you earn a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from MSU Denver, you will be able to use your specialized, well-rounded education, training and experience to manage and operate a variety of lodging establishments, from independently owned, boutique bed and breakfasts to large, full-service hotels.

Hotel managers may work in areas such as these:

  • General management
  • Human resources
  • Revenue
  • Front office
  • Convention services

Accolades


SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown Denver, the learning lab for MSU Denver’s Hotel Management undergraduate degree program, consistently ranks among Denver’s top hotels according to customer reviews on TripAdvisor.com.


Faculty


Chad Gruhl_Hotel ManagementChad Gruhl

As a former director of food and beverage and hotel and restaurant manager, Associate Professor Chad Gruhl oversaw the creation of MSU Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. Gruhl has earned a bachelor of science in business management and Hotel/Restaurant Management, a master of science in management and leadership and a doctor of education. He also has more than 15 years of experience in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry in roles ranging from housekeeping to accounts receivable and accounts payable to sales and marketing.
 

James Drake_HistoryJames Drake

Assistant Professor James Drake got his start in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry as a Las Vegas casino and hotel analyst. Growing into accounting and finance analysis, Drake expanded his expertise as a graduate assistant at the University of Nevada Reno to include teaching and research. His interests include gaming, organizational behavior and vacation ownership.

 

 

 

Read more about MSU Denver Hotel Management faculty.


Sample Classes


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Think critically and develop solutions to challenges in the demanding industry of Hospitality, Tourism and Events. Hotel Management coursework at MSU Denver teaches students lodging management theory and application in classes such as these:

Beverage Fundamentals
Managerial Accounting for Hospitality
Hospitality Negotiations and Sales
Strategic Management for Hospitality
Hotel Housekeeping
Cost Controls for Food and Beverage
Sustainable Tourism

Facilities and Resources


Featuring the 150-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown, the Hospitality Learning Center is the heart of the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events. A LEED Gold-certified hotel and conference center, the building combines a hotel with academic facilities and high-tech labs and campus food and beverage services.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown is one of only 11 campus-based teaching hotels in the country. A fully functioning commercial hotel, SpringHill Suites is also a learning lab for Hotel Management students, providing you with experiential learning opportunities as interns or class participants to observe and help with various levels of lodging operations, from housekeeping to guest services. The hotel of choice for many lower downtown businesses such as the Pepsi Center and visitors to the Auraria Campus, SpringHill Suites supports student scholarships through the MSU Denver Foundation.


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