Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management Degree

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

What is Hospitality Management?

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality Management from Grand Canyon University includes coursework that guides graduates into rewarding hospitality fields. They are prepared to work at resorts, hotels, golf courses, restaurants and all vacation-related businesses.

Hospitality management is the service of ensuring that travelers, whether they be on vacation or businesses, and event attendees have a memorable experience. Hospitality managers may oversee the lodging, dining and activities at various venues. They ensure that the business is run efficiently and can turn a profit.

Graduates with a hospitality degree may oversee various departments within a business. These might include housekeeping, front desk, concierge, restaurant, spa services, events, administration, sales and guest services. Students with a hospitality management degree work to ensure that all of these services integrate seamlessly into the venue’s offerings.

Why Earn Your Hospitality Management Bachelor's Degree Online at GCU?

The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management Degree at GCU offers unique opportunities for practical experience. The degree itself can be earned online. This makes it easy for people already in the hospitality world to continue working and earn a degree at the same time. The online courses are taught by experienced GCU faculty, ensuring that graduates receive a topnotch education no matter where they attend class.

Students in GCU’s hospitality management program work at the university’s full-service restaurant and hotel to gain the skills needed to make headway in the industry. This hands-on experience ensures that graduates see firsthand how a hotel is managed and how a a restaurant is operated. These experiences allow graduates of the hospitality management bachelor program to find entry-level positions and eventually move into leadership roles.

Hospitality Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Like all degrees earned through the Colangelo College of Business at GCU, the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree provides students with a well-rounded businesses education. Hospitality degree graduates learn about business communications, data analysis, business operations and legal and ethical businesses practices.

They also focus their studies on core hospitality management goals, such as:

  • Providing excellent customer service
  • Managing hotel and lodging operations
  • Managing food service operations
  • Using industry metrics and trends to make decisions
  • Creating innovative revenue streams
  • Using marketing that is relevant in hospitality

In addition to classwork, hotel management students complete 600 hours of paid or unpaid work in the hospitality industry.

Explore a Future in Hospitality Management Careers

Graduates in hospitality management can apply their degree coursework to jobs in many types of hospitality-related venues. These may include:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Travel and tourism organizations
  • Event planning companies

Those who graduate with a hospitality management bachelor's degree may find work as:

  • Hotel managers
  • Lodging managers
  • Resort managers
  • Restaurant managers
  • Event planners
  • Cruise ships

If helping people enjoy themselves while they travel is a job you were meant to do, then it is time for you to look into hospitality management as a career. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree at GCU by speaking to a qualified counselor.

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Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks [More Info]

Online: 7 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]
Online: $477 per credit [More Info]

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
68 credits
Open Elective Credits:
12-18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.


Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides the foundation of core knowledge within the field of information technology. Topics include technology-centric organizations, the type and role of fundamental information technology systems, data management to include privacy and security, e-business and m-business, hardware, software, and computer networks.

Course Description

In this course, students examine basic accounting concepts and explore how accounting information assists business leaders in making financial decisions that increase profitability and contribute to competitive advantage. There is specific emphasis on the analysis of financial statements in the business decision-making process, budgeting, and factors businesses must consider when determining appropriate pricing of goods and services. Prerequisite: MAT-144 or MAT-154.

Course Description

This course introduces the hospitality industry and essential customer service and communication skills that ensure efficient delivery of quality services. Students are taught the skills necessary to effectively communicate, meet the service quality expectations of a diverse clientele, and appropriately represent their organizations.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues of concern to business, including those areas of the U.S. legal system that are most relevant to business, such as the law of torts, strict liability, intellectual property, and contract law. It explores the role of ethics and values in business decision making, and approaches these subjects from the perspective of the stakeholders as opposed to an economic interpretation of the firm and its responsibilities.

Course Description

This course introduces models and practices used by contemporary marketers in fast-paced, dynamic domestic and global markets including the marketing concept and processes for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of marketing plans. Building from a foundational understanding of consumer behavior and marketing research, students examine the development and implementation of marketing mix strategies and tactics with emphasis on integrated marketing communications that effectively combine traditional advertising and promotion with digital marketing.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics in business. Topics include probability, probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.

Course Description

This course examines the management of hotel and lodging operations with an emphasis on customer service and improving profitability. Students are introduced to the basics of facilities management in core lodging segments, operational procedures, guest relations, and the relationships between operational departments. Analysis of operational efficiencies to improve organizational outcomes is also addressed. Prerequisite: HOS-200.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the daily operations and management of food and beverage service within the hospitality industry. Students learn principles related to the hiring and training of service workers, food handling and sanitation, layout and equipment planning, and safety regulations and standards. Essential elements of the course include purchasing and cost control, menu management, and innovation in the food and beverage industry.

Course Description

Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.

Course Description

This survey course covers the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The course begins by addressing the fundamental concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and comparative advantage. The course builds on these fundamentals to explain the market forces of supply and demand, market efficiency, the economics of the public sector, and the firm's behavior under competitive market conditions. The second half of the course focuses on basic macroeconomic concepts, including measurement of national incomes, economic growth, and productivity. In addition, this course covers the monetary system and the classical theory of inflation.

Course Description

This course continues to examine the management of hotel and lodging operations with an emphasis on identifying industry trends to determine potential innovations, strategies, and quality management techniques that improve organizational outcomes and profitability. Innovation in the hotel and lodging industry is also addressed. Prerequisite: HOS-440.

Course Description

This course focuses on generating innovative revenue models for the hospitality industry. Students participate in competitive analysis to identify market opportunities and develop innovative growth strategies that support organizational goals. Students learn analytical modeling practices, forecast, and determine pricing and implementation strategies. The use of industry benchmarking tools and metrics relevant to revenue management are also addressed.

Course Description

This course is a study of the human resource management function in organizations, including detailed coverage of staffing, organizational development, compensation and benefits administration, and employee relations. Emphasis is placed on how human resource management as a whole enhances organizational performance and success. Prerequisite: HIM-425, MGT-420, or MGT-422HN. Equivalent to AMP-434.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to managerial finance and the financial markets, analysis of financial statements, time value of money, interest rates, asset valuation, assessment of risk, cost of capital, and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECN-220, ECN-351, or ECN-361; and ACC-240 or ACC-250.

Course Description

This course examines the importance of creating innovative work environments in small-, medium-, and large-scale organizations in order to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the firm. Innovation is explored from the perspectives of product development, internal process improvements, and strategic shifts. Students have the opportunity to participate in an experiential innovation project. Also AMP-435.

Course Description

This course introduces the unique features of services marketing with a focus on the importance of building and maintaining customer relationships to deliver quality service through the development of marketing strategies. Students will evaluate brand management and determine strategic approaches suitable for the hospitality industry with an emphasis on aligning strategies to organizational goals. There is a particular emphasis on the applications of social media and integrated marketing communications. Prerequisite: MKT-245 or MKT-315.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course serves as the capstone experience in business and management that includes the gradual development of a comprehensive and integrative business plan. This course is designed to assist students in their development as managers, servant leaders, and successful strategic thinkers. Management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, global perspectives, law, and political issues are covered during this course. Prerequisites: MGT-420 or MGT-422HN; FIN-210 or FIN-350; and MKT-245 or MKT-315.


GCU Campus Student

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

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