Department of Hospitality Business Management
The Department of Hospitality Business Management has an outstanding reputation for business education in hospitality and sport management. Our program is consistently ranked in the top 10 hospitality programs in the country, and the faculty provide the personal attention needed for professional growth and development.
- Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (B.S.) (HRIM)
- Hospitality Industry Management (B.S.) (HSIM)
- Undergraduate Minor in Restaurant Management
- Sport Management (B.S.) (SPTM)
- Hospitality Business Management (M.S.)
- 4+1 HRIM B.S. and MBA Program
- MBA Concentration in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management
- MBA Concentration in Sport Management
- MBA Major in Healthcare Management
All of our classes are taught by faculty with industry management experience and academic credentials. Four of our faculty members are ranked in the top 20 hospitality faculty in the world.
Marriott Center for Hospitality
Our students gain hands-on experience in front office operations, sales, marketing, revenue management, and housekeeping in the 126-room, award-winning Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware and the Marriott Center for Hospitality and Tourism.
Vita Nova Restaurant
At Vita Nova Restaurant, students operate and manage a fine dining experience for lunch and dinner.
Connecting the Industry and the Student
Giving students real-world industry experiences is one of the best ways to prepare them for their careers. Each year we offer an industry specific career fair and networking events. Hospitality industry executives, including alumni, speak in our classrooms on a regular basis. Through our student clubs, students attend major industry conferences. And our Hospitality Business Management “Lerner” to Leader Program takes students inside industry corporate headquarters, giving them the opportunity to network with executives and visit the C-suites.
Over 50% of our students go abroad as part of the curriculum. Study Abroad opportunities are available during Winter and Summer, as well as the Fall and Spring semesters.
Emily Hand (’07)
Emily Hand started her career at Eataly in August of 2010. Since then, she has become a “Certified Sommelier” and been appointed Beverage Director for Eataly. She helps coordinate store-wide promotions, which are usually regionally focused, allowing producers to showcase their wines at Eataly. Those wines are also used in the restaurants, retail wine store and in the culinary center, La Scuola. One of her favorite parts of the job is teaching food and wine classes in the Scuola. Emily has a team of four additional sommeliers who help educate the servers, bartenders and managers.
Hospitality Leadership Advisory Board
Rollins Jamaica, Ltd.
Robert Ashby ’77
Ashby Hospitality Group
University of Delaware
Vice President Human Resources – Talent Management
Marriott International – The Americas
Shaner Hotel Group
Vice President – Global Safety & Risk Control
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Senior Vice President Operations, Eastern US & Canada
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Chairman & CEO
Constrata Tech Consulting
VP Global Sales
Pepsi Co Foodservice
Vicmead Hunt Club
3R Hospitality LLC
Professor and Director
Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality
Chief Operating Officer
Love’s Travel Stops
Harry’s Hospitality Group
Hospitality Business Management
University of Delaware