Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree

The hospitality and tourism management degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers in food and beverage management, hotel/resort management, travel management, food marketing and distribution, and event management. Founded in 1892, it is one of the oldest hospitality programs in the nation, sharing a global network of over 25,000 Saunders alumni.

Among the biggest evolutions in the hospitality field is the impact of technology on guest experience, food service and delivery, and more. Technology, along with data analytics, is driving how hospitality professionals are interacting with guests and managing their expectations. From apps that help plan and manage guest experiences, to wearables that unlock guest room doors, to online check-in and food ordering, today’s hospitality professionals must be knowledgeable of how the latest technology is being used to improve the guest experience. The hospitality management degree prepares students for the hospitality and tourism industry through a common core of courses, which promote an understanding of the interrelationships among the food, lodging, travel, and event management sectors based on the underlying concept of quality service management.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College of Business is in the top five programs in New York State, ranking #74 nationally for undergraduate business programs in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. These rankings are based upon the assessment of business school leaders and consider the quality of the programs, faculty, and facilities.

RIT's program is recognized by ForbesTravel WeeklyNation’s Restaurant News, and Corporate Travel magazines. Our alumni come from around the United States and from more than 38 countries. Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by programs at Saunders College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Scholar Spotlight: Ndidi Chimah

Ndidiamaka (Ndidi) Chimah BS ’24 is a Saunders College of Business student majoring in hospitality and tourism management. As a first-year student, Ndidi has made the most of her short time at RIT by getting involved in many extracurricular activities, both related to her studies and beyond.

An intersection of business and technology

Students can customize the hospitality and tourism degree with a variety of electives and minors. Courses in innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, packaging science, web design and development, and more expand upon the major's core courses and create opportunities for students to engage in hospitality and tourism management in new, exciting ways. This approach allows students to retain the flexibility to switch concentrations or jobs if their career goals change. All of these diverse and specialized fields require creative problem solving, technical knowledge, communication skills, and leadership. This powerful experience can help inform the senior capstone project, where students tackle a hospitality industry problem and propose an innovative solution.

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    Lauren Ehinger, Parties A' La Carte
  • Jovan English
    Jovan English, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
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    Nika Pikulik, JLL