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Hospitality & Tourism Management

Preparing you to assume challenging roles in many different aspects of operations, strategy development, financial management, marketing, and technology.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management major prepares students for leadership positions in the hotel, restaurant, gaming, cruise, or other travel, tourism, and service industries. All students will acquire a core bundle of hospitality knowledge and competencies including food and beverage management, lodging management, accounting, strategic management, human resources management, and data analytics. In addition, our unique elective Pathways permits students to customize their degree by assembling a 3- to 5-course sequence in various disciplines from across the nine colleges at RIT. Students are only limited in what they can specialize by their imagination, and interests!

Within the core, students learn the ‘how-to’ of managing the resources of an organization to enhance customer satisfaction. They will learn how to acquire the best raw material and inputs, how to motivate and lead, and to design and deliver a service that enhances customer satisfaction and loyalty. They will learn how to manage people from different cultures in global settings. The program ensures students will be well-prepared to be business managers with the ability to account for the profit or loss of an organization. Building on this core, the very flexible ‘Elective Pathways’ program permits students to add a unique specialty including innovation, entrepreneurship, or additional marketing or finance courses.


The year 2017 marks the 125th year of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  What started as a cooking program in 1893 has grown to become one of the top hospitality programs in the world with campuses in the US, Croatia, and Dubai.  Our own campus in Croatia celebrates its 20th year of founding in 2017.

Vision and Mission

The department will draw on its own and RIT’s rich traditions and values and will build on the mission of the Institute: Through a blend of curricular, experiential, and research programs delivered within a student-centric culture, Rochester Institute of Technology prepares its students for successful careers in a global society.

The hospitality industry, as any other industry, faces evolutionary changes that affect every aspect of its operations.  In the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, we strive to respond to these changes by continuously updating our curriculum and pedagogy to ensure our graduates are well-prepared to lead a technology-mediated, global industry.

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