About the career

Graduates from the hospitality management associate of technology program have a wide variety of entry-level career options, which include restaurants, institutional food service, coops, educational institutions, hospitals, hotels and lodging operations, nursing and personal care facilities, catering services, and sales.

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management accept positions as general/assistant managers, hotel/restaurant managers, executive chefs, or front line supervisors.  They are sought after by government employers, such as the School Food Administration, Food and Drug Administration, health services, and correctional facilities, as well as by many businesses/companies within the hospitality industry, such as cruise lines, hospitals, educational institutions, and casinos.  Others are self-employed as caterers, restaurant owners/operators, personal chefs, hotel/lodging operators, and bed and breakfast owners/operators.

What you'll learn

Students learn about supervision, management, planning, delegation, and responsibility. You will also gain experience in quantity food production and management by running our new high-end restaurant, Ascend Marquette. You will also learn about banquet and catering operations including setup, layout, pricing, costing, on- and off-premise events, bar and wine service.  The lodging and tourism components of the program will prepare you to meet the needs of guests who are away from home and monitor the revenue activity of a hotel or tourism facility.

NMU Degrees

Restaurant operations associate degree – 2 years

Prepares graduates to monitor and manage lodging and food preparation/serving and building maintenance in hospitality facilities.

Hospitality management bachelor’s degree - 4 years

Choose from either a lodging and tourism management track or a culinary and food service management track.


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Projected job growth to 2029


Contact Information

Chris Kibit, ckibit@nmu.edu, 906-227-1544, nmu.edu/tos