Create, deliver and manage superior hospitality experiences.

As a hospitality business management (HOSP) major, you’ll learn to deliver superior experiences and services to your clients. Whether you manage a hotel, food and beverage operation or country club; own a restaurant; or plan weddings and conferences, your degree will equip you with the skills you need for a rewarding career in hospitality.

Our program is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitality management majors and is in the top 10 hospitality programs. We are large enough to lead, but small enough to care personally for each student.

The curriculum is based in business management, with specialized hospitality industry courses. You’ll learn by experience in our two on-campus learning labs: Vita Nova fine-dining restaurant and the award-winning Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware.

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Program Highlights

Global Experiences

Over half of our students study abroad during the program. There are a variety of Winter and Summer session programs around the globe. You could also study for a semester at the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in Switzerland.

Practical Experience

Nothing complements classroom-based learning like practical, on-the-job learning. The HOSP program requires 300 hours of paid hospitality-related work experience.

All classes are taught by faculty with real industry experience and academic credentials. And through the Blue Hen Alumni Network and events like the Hospitality Career Fair and the Paul Wise Executive in Residence Speaker Series, industry alumni, leaders and managers frequently visit campus to meet, mentor and hire our students. A variety of student clubs take our students to national industry conferences, providing networking opportunities with leaders and managers in the hospitality field.

Honors in Hospitality Business Management

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles. The Hospitality and Sport Business Management department offers a special HSBM “Lerner to Leader” program where each semester honors students interact with industry leaders and visit corporate headquarters.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.S. in hospitality business management
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree

Program Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year
First Semester
HOSP 180 – Introduction to Hospitality Business Management
ECON 101 – Introduction to Microeconomics
MATH 114, 115, 117, 221 or 241
Foreign language
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Second semester
HOSP 201 – Food Safety and Sanitation
HOSP 211 – Food Principles Lab
HOSP 187 – Hospitality Business Computing
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Introduction to Macroeconomics
History & cultural change breadth course
Sophomore Year
First semester
HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations & Problem Solving or COMM 212 – Public Speaking & Professional Presentation
NTDT 200 – Nutrition Concepts
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
ACCT 207 – Accounting I
Free elective (HOSP elective suggested)
Second semester
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
HOSP 321 – Quantity Food Service Management (1 credit)
HOSP 325 – Restaurant Management and Quantity Foods Production Practicum (2 credits)
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice or MATH 201 – Introduction to Statistical Methods I
Free elective
Free elective
Junior Year
First semester
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
HOSP 480 – Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry
Free elective
Free elective
Second semester
Lodging module; courses taken together:
HOSP 327 – Property Engineering
HOSP 380 – Management of Lodging Operations
HOSP 382 – Managerial Accounting & Finance in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 481 – Marketing Hospitality Experiences
HOSP 488 – Management of Lodging Operations Practicum
Senior Year
First semester
HOSP 489 – Management of Restaurant Operations Practicum
HOSP 381 – Management of Food & Beverage Operations
ENGL 312 – Written Communications in Business
HOSP 418 – Beverage Management
Second Semester
HOSP 482 – Hospitality Business Law
HOSP 487 – Hospitality and Sport Revenue Management
HOSP 450 – Strategic Hospitality Management
Free elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

Within 6 months of graduating, for the class of 2021, 98% of Lerner’s hospitality business management graduates are employed (earning a mean starting salary of $49,109) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.

Top Employers

Some of the top employers of Lerner’s hospitality business management graduates include:

  • Amazon
  • Marriott International
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Top Jobs

Job titles of recent graduates with a hospitality business management degree include:

  • Management Development Trainee
  • Sales & Service Manager
  • Restaurant Supervisor/Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Food & Beverage Service Manager
  • Special Events Assistant

Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner hospitality business management students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.

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  • Top Tips for Dining Etiquette - Delta Sigma Pi, one of Lerner's business fraternities, learned the top tips for dining etiquette from Vita Nova's Nick Waller and applied their skills at a three-course professional dining event.
  • UD Students Give Championship Effort At National Golf Tournament - Lerner students catered to eager golf fans who flocked to Wilmington to see the top 70 golfers play. Championship golf brought more than 100,000 spectators.
  • My Summer Internship: Lauren Whiteman - Lauren Whitman, Class of 2023, hospitality business management major with minors in event management and beverage management, spent her summer as a rotational intern at Myers Park Country Club.
  • Welcome Back To Vita Nova! - Vita Nova had to pivot because of COVID-19 and set a goal to maintain great food and great service. Two new executive chefs will see to it.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Carly Burns - Carly Burns, a member of UD’s Lerner Class of 2022, shared her favorite UD memories, how she has grown during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.

Admissions Information

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