The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management prepares students for leadership positions in restaurant operations, the tourism industry, event planning, hotel administration and other operational and administrative roles.
Drexel program allows students to live and study in one of the most historic and vibrant cities in the world. Just steps from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, one of the busiest transportation hubs in the country, and in close proximity to the airport, Drexel gives students a front row seat - not only to international hotel chains, event planning organizations, casinos and some of the nation’s best restaurants - but quick access to New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and to flights across the globe. Our connections to the international hospitality industry set our students on the road to success, even before graduating.
Our faculty are a mix of expert academics, researchers and highly accomplished practitioners. They represent a variety of specializations ranging from global tourism to restaurant and beverage management, to event planning and hotel administration. Faculty members are active in helping students understand employment and interest options in the hospitality industry. They take pride in placing students in positions that suit their interest and career objectives. Faculty supported research, networking, experiential learning and right-fit co-op opportunities enhance the student's experience and work to build their industry network.
One of Drexel’s most defining characteristics is its co-op program. The BS in Hospitality Management can be taken as a five year program with three six-month cooperative education experiences. Transfer students may elect to enroll in the program without a co-op. Students graduate with up to 18 months of relevant work experience.
The benefits of co-op are clear. Students gain exposure to industry leaders, real world experience in the career of their choice and a relevant resume before even graduating.
Our caring faculty and staff work closely with each student to help them realize their ideal co-op placement. Some of our students have recently completed their co-op with organizations such as AKA Hotel Residences, Borgata Hotel Casino, Garces Restaurant Group, Vetri Family of Restaurants, Four Seasons Hotel, Walt Disney World Co., Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sugarhouse Casino, Hilton Hotels, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Sofitel Hotel and more.
BS/MBA ACCELERATED PROGRAM
Drexel’s BS in Hospitality Management/MBA accelerated degree program offers select candidates an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and an MBA degree simultaneously, in just five years. The result is a powerful, nationally recognized credential from one of the country’s most established providers of higher education.
All Drexel students have the opportunity to study abroad in countries all over the globe. In addition, our BS in Hospitality Management students have an opportunity to take major-specific courses in Rome, Italy.
Upon completion of the BS in Hospitality Management, students will receive a minor in Business Administration from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. The plan of study also allows 24 credits of free electives or the completion of an additional minor. Students will work with their academic advisor to select the course of study that works best for them.
The BS in Hospitality Management provides a well-rounded education from an operational, analytical and administrative perspective. In addition, we include core business courses that will allow graduates of the program to excel in any area of the hospitality industry.
In addition to a BS in Hospitality Management, students will earn a minor from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. This curriculum is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the fundamentals of hospitality and business management. Course topics include: operations management, customer service, revenue management, human resources and administration, economics, marketing and more.
Plan of Study
The department of Hospitality Management enjoys close relationships with the finest hotels, restaurants, casinos and tourism partners in the greater Philadelphia area, as well as professional organizations that represent the industry on a regional, national and international level.
The program prepares students for careers in the following areas:
- Restaurant Management and Ownership
- Hotels Rooms Division Management
- Casino Operations
- Convention, Special Events, Meeting Planning and Tourism Agencies
- Cruise Lines (the fastest growing segment of the industry)