Hospitality & Tourism Management : Robert Morris University Hospitality & Tourism Management | Robert Morris University


Robert Morris University has one of the most respected hospitality and tourism management offerings among private schools in the United States. Our graduates hold positions at hotels, restaurants, resorts, attractions, airlines, parks, cruise lines, hospitals, retirement centers and casino and gaming concerns.

The hospitality and tourism management faculty members bring real-world experience to the classroom, and the state-of-the-art facilities in the School of Business building give you hands-on experience in a corporate setting. As a result, you hit the ground running, primed with the confidence and knowledge you need to land a good job and succeed in this competitive field.

Studies lead to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) with a focus in hospitality and tourism management.

Hospitality & Tourism Career Options

The World Travel and Tourism Council reports that the hospitality and tourism economy employs 300 million workers and accounts for $4 trillion in revenue worldwide.

Today's dynamic hospitality and tourism industry demands the leadership of professionally educated individuals. Graduates find positions in amusement parks/attractions, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, car rental firms, casinos, commercial campgrounds, cruise lines, dude ranches, forests and recreational lands, hotels and motels, state and national parks, national forests, extended stay and retirement homes, railroads, resorts and spas, retirement centers, riverboats, tour operators and guides, tourist boards, travel agencies, travel trade associations, airlines, country clubs, convention exposition, and meeting planners.

Recent Graduates Work Here:
ARA, Buffalo Marriott, Chipotle, Duquesne Country Club, Eat'n Park, Eddie Bauer, FedEx Services, Harvey's Hotel and Casino, Hyatt Hotels, Landry's Seafood, Marriott, MGM, Norwegian Cruise Line, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Sodexho, Spring Hill Suites, US Airways.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

By type of employer

By job function

Accommodation/Food Services


Customer Service


Arts, Entertainment, Recreation


Management Trainee


Retail/Wholesale Trade




2009 RMU Salary Survey: Mean: $30,333 Range: $21,000 - $42,000



Below is a typical four-year course of study for hospitality and tourism students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading & Writing Strategies or
   Intercultural Communications
Argument and Research
Principles of Macroeconomics Principles of Microeconomics
Humanities: Art and Music Intro Decision Support Systems
General Psychology Principles of Sociology or
   Contemporary American Social Problems
Elective History Elective or Political Science Elective
   Science Elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Intro to Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting
Public Speaking and Persuasion Legal Environment of Business
Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism Management Management Theory and Practice
Principles of Marketing Food and Beverage Operations
Finite Math and Applied Calculus Business Professional Communications
Introduction to Ethics Statistics
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Hospitality/Tourism Market/Sales International Business
Supervision: Hospitality/Tourism Operations Hospitality/Tourism Elective
Management Science International Business
Principles of Finance Internship or Non-business elective
Business Elective Business Elective
Internship or Non-business elective  
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
CIS for Hospitality/Tourism Industry Strategic Management
International Business Technology Issues and Topics
Internship or Non-business elective Internship or Non-business elective
Internship or Non-business elective Business Elective
Business Elective Non-business elective



Hospitality and tourism management students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one internship experience. Internships provide students with valuable work experience and lead to assistance in career planning, employer references and fulltime job opportunities. Students are eligible for internships after the completion of 75 credits and may participate in more than one experience.

Internship Employers:
ARA, Armstrong's Restaurant, Best Western, Buca di Beppo, Cedar Point, Circus Circus, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Delta Air Lines, Disney World, Duquesne Club, Eat'n Park, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hyatt Hotels, Longhorn Steak House, Marriott, Max & Erm's, MGM Grand, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, North Field Club, Parkhurst Dining Services, Pizza Hut, Primanti Brothers, PSA Airline, Radisson, Ruby Tuesday's, Sheraton, Six Flags, TGI Friday's, Trump Taj Mahal, Wooden Angel, US Airways, United Airlines, Van Guard Air, William Penn Hotel, Wyndham.

Recent Graduates Work Here:
ARA, Buffalo Marriott, Chipotle, Duquesne Country Club, Eat'n Park, Eddie Bauer, FedEx Services, Harvey's Hotel and Casino, Hyatt Hotels, Landry's Seafood, Marriott, MGM, Norwegian Cruise Line, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Sodexho, Spring Hill Suites, US Airways.

The Robert Morris University School of Business Complex is a high-tech learning laboratory that provides business students the same kind of hands-on educational environment that engineering and science students take for granted. The 18,000 square-foot facility is the first LEED-certified building on RMU's campus, and it includes state-of-the-art business technology including a simulated trading floor and a Bloomberg lab to give students access to real-time financial data, and an immersive videoconferencing experience that will allow students, faculty, and corporate leaders to communicate with colleagues around the world.

The RMU hospitality and tourism faculty has a wide range of expertise and specific emphasis within the industry.

Denis Rudd, Ed.D., CHA, FMP, CTP, is a University professor and director of hospitality and tourism at RMU. He is a fifth generation hotelier who began his career in a family hotel in Windham, N.Y. He was with the Breakers and Biltmore Hotels in Palm Beach and served as a club and slot officer in Germany. He was a consultant to SUMA Corp. (Howard Hughes' Casino Holdings) in Las Vegas and chef/owner of the Equinox Sky Line Resort in Manchester, Vt. He has done research and presentations on bed and breakfast innkeeping, the Americans with Disabilities Act, restaurant management, the senior market, gateway Canada, and hotel and casino operations and management.

Sam Karadag, Ph.D., is an associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, has over 16 years of experience in the industry as an accountant and hotel financial controller. He has worked in such well-known international properties as Hotel Conrad, Ramada International and Regent Hotels. His teaching areas include cost control systems, computer information systems, supervision, and sales and marketing.

Richard Mills, Ph.D., is an associate professor and a certified chef of the American Culinary Federation. He has conducted research and taught classes in quantity food production, food and beverage operations, cost control and restaurant operations.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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