About Hospitality Operations Management

The focus of this concentration is on the effective leadership and management of hotels, restaurants and tourism-related industries. In this program, you will learn about corporate decision making, revenue management and cost control procedures and sales and negotiations. This concentration can be customized to fit the area of hospitality operations that you would like to study.

Hospitality operations management prepares you to work in a range of industries in the public, private and non-profit sector. This program offers you a practical curriculum that covers operations management in areas such as public and private clubs, lodging, event planning and food service.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) core curriculum provides you with the skills you need to succeed in today’s global economy. Students who are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree will receive both foundational knowledge and profession-specific skills.

Where can Hospitality Operations Management take me?

A Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in hospitality operations management will strengthen your skills in leadership, communication, management and creative thinking. The strategies you will learn in the BPS core classes and in the hospitality operations management classes will help you enter into a new industry or advance your career.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), food service managers earned a median annual wage of $54,240 in 2018*. By 2026, the BLS predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 9%*. In South Carolina, jobs in food service management are expected to increase by 21%**.

Food service managers are responsible for the daily operations of restaurants and bars. Those with experience and a degree in hospitality, restaurant or food service management will have the best job opportunities.

Lodging managers, or hotel directors, earned a median annual wage of $53,390 in 2018*. By 2026, the BLS predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 4%*; however, in South Carolina, jobs in lodging management are predicted to increase by 14%**.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
**Source: CareerOneStop

Hospitality Operations Management Career Opportunities

  • front office director
  • guest relations manager
  • corporate event planner
  • restaurant general manager
  • food and beverage director
  • director of tourism

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Required Coursework

The Bachelor of Professional Studies is a four-year degree program at the College of Charleston. Most students come to this program with some college credit; however, if you are interested in this program and do not have college credit, please speak with an advisor to discuss your options.

Because most students enter the program with some college credit, the BPS program requires that students complete a core curriculum of 20-22 hours. The BPS Core includes professionally oriented courses like Leading Oneself and Others in the 21st Century, Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century, and Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability in the 21st Century.

Then, each student is required to complete 18 credit hours within a concentration. The courses in the hospitality operations management concentration include

  • HTMT 210 Principles and Practices in Hospitality & Tourism
  • HTMT 352 Service Operations Management

  • Then, you will need to complete 12 credit hours from a list of hospitality operations management elective courses. There are approximately 15 courses to choose from. Courses include topics in marketing, technology, and analysis.

    Finally, students will need to complete 12 additional credit hours. There are over 35 electives that students can choose from.


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