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Hospitality and Event Management - B.S.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates




Program description

Hospitality and Event Management - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Event Management prepares leaders for the hospitality industry. The curriculum combines specialty classes in hospitality and business management, preparing graduates for well-compensated positions as managers in restaurants, hotels and resorts, cruise ships, amusement parks, destination marketing organizations, convention centers, country clubs and many more.

The Hospitality and Event Management major comprises three concentrations, each encompassing two of the following three focus areas. Students must choose one concentration that matches their interests and career preferences.

  • The Event Management concentration focuses on planning and managing events — from large to small and from corporate to personal — in addition to following protocols and ensuring safety and security during the events.
  • The Hotel and Resort Management concentration focuses on business skills such as managing staff and revenue, as well as the specific skills such as managing clubs and casinos.
  • The Food and Beverage Management concentration focuses on the business side of food, such as ordering and inventory, managing budgets and planning and pricing menus. In addition, students learn food science, food production and the pairing of food and beverages.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.

Current Kent State and Transfer Students:

Active Kent State students who wish to change their major must have attempted a minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State and earned a minimum 2.000 overall Kent State GPA to be admitted. Students who have not attempted 12 credit hours at Kent State will be evaluated for admission based on their high school GPA for new students or transfer GPA for transfer students. Transfer students who have not attempted 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at Kent State and/or other institutions will be evaluated based on both their high school GPA and college GPA.

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Program content

Semester One

  • Sanitation and Safety Principles and Practices
  • Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Fundamentals of Food Production
  • Science of Human Nutrition (KBS)

Mathematics Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Human Communication (KADL)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (KSS)
  • Hotel Operations

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • The Business of Event Management
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (KSS)
  • Professional Practice in Hospitality and Event Management
  • Human Resource Management

Concentration Requirements

Semester Six

  • Legal Issues in the Hospitality and Event Industry
  • Hospitality and Event Management: Human Resource Strategies (WIC)
  • Layout and Design of Hospitality Operations

Concentration Requirement

Concentration Elective

Third Summer Term

  • Practicum in Hospitality and Event Management (ELR)

Semester Seven

  • Concentration Requirement
  • Concentration Electives
  • Professional Elective

Semester Eight

  • Capstone: Strategic Hospitality and Event Management (ELR)

Concentration Electives

Professional Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Program delivery

Fully offered on the following campuses:

  • Ashtabula Campus
  • Kent Campus

Tuition fees


  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year



Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the industry operations.
  2. Demonstrate competence in business practices and managerial decision making.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills including professional behavior, collaborative relationships and 
proficiency in networking.
  5. Demonstrate analytical thinking and problem solving.

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800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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