What It's All About

Students enrolled in the Hospitality Management program are educated in the operating functions, management and leadership of a variety of industry establishments related to food service and tourism. Advanced management skills are a highlight of our program and are learned in both the traditional classroom and through the hands-on operation of our student-run café and restaurant

Graduates from the hospitality management programs have a wide variety of career opportunities within their communities and across the globe within food service, lodging, gaming, and tourism segments.

Median Earnings


Projected Job Growth

to 2029
+1% (National)
+8% (Michigan)

Education Levels

of current workers
44% high school diploma
32% some college
12% associate degree
6% bachelor's degree

Earnings, job growth and education levels noted are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (National), and CareerOneStop/U.S. Department of Labor (Michigan).

Four year bachelor’s of science degree – Hospitality Management (120 credits)

Graduates of NMU's Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management are confidently prepared for management positions in the dynamic hospitality industry. The program takes pride in integrating theory and practice, providing students opportunities to experience the leadership roles necessary for thriving careers in both the independent and corporate sectors of food service, meeting and events, destination marketing organizations, and more. Key highlights include in-depth concept development of events and businesses, financial management, leadership theory, personnel administration for successful employee relations, and trending customer service practices.

Graduates of the hospitality management bachelor of science program are prepared for countless rewarding industry positions such as regional manager, executive chef, meetings, convention, and event planner, travel agent, director of front office, sales manager and more.

Two year associate of applied science – Restaurant Operations (60 credits)

An associate of applied sciences in Restaurant Operations at NMU provides a hands-on foundation of the skills needed for entry-level positions in the food and beverage industry. With an emphasis on all functions of successful restaurant operations, the program hones students skills in quantity food production, customer service, purchasing, facilities management, and cost controls while providing industry certification required for all Michigan restaurants to operate. This associate degree ladders into NMU's Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management.

Graduates of the restaurant operations associate of technology program have a wide array of entry-level career options as assistant managers, supervisors, banquets sales coordinators, and more in hotels, restaurants, institutional food service operations, lodging facilities, catering services, and sales.

One year minor - Hospitality Systems (16 credits)

A minor in Hospitality Systems at NMU provides students the knowledge and skills fundamental to any food service operation. Students will understand the hospitality industry’s scope while acquiring the essential operational expertise in food service sanitation and facilities management, including industry certification required for all Michigan restaurants to operate. Designed to be accomplished in one year with the opportunity for diverse, pre-approved electives.

Contact Information

The Technology and Occupational Sciences office is at Northern Michigan University's Jacobetti Complex, Room 101.


Loganne Glendening

Associate Professor
Office Location: 208-C Jacobetti Complex

Christopher S. Kibit

Office Location: 208-D Jacobetti Complex