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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of this program requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions: at least 39 credit hours of general education course work, 15 in core business principles, 22 in core hospitality management, 30 in your chosen specialty area (i.e., conference and events management, food and beverage management, lodging management or sport venue management) and 14 in unrestricted electives.

Transfers will depend on the type of previous credit earned, the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other Missouri institutions.

MU general education requirements

  • MATH 1100 College Algebra or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Pre-, basic or intermediate algebra is not equivalent.
  • ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Typically known as Composition II at other institutions.
  • Writing intensive courses* (5–6 credit hours). Two approved MU writing intensive courses that have ENGLSH 1000 as a prerequisite. One of these must be 3000 level or higher and within your major field of study.
  • Math reasoning course* (3 credit hours). One approved math reasoning proficiency course that has MATH 1100 College Algebra as a prerequisite (e.g., STAT 1200, STAT 1300, CHEM 1320, PHYSCS 1210).
  • American history or government.

* You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.

You must have at least one course at or above the 2000 level in two of the following three areas:

Area 1: Biological, physical and mathematical science (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Mathematical science includes courses in mathematics or statistics that have college algebra as a prerequisite.
  • Include at least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory.
  • Include courses from at least two different areas of science.

Area 2: Behavioral and social science (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Course work in psychology, sociology, history and political science.
  • Include courses from at least two different departments.

Area 3: Humanities and fine arts (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Course work in such areas as art or music history, philosophy, religious studies and public speaking.
  • Include courses from at least two different departments.

Hospitality management courses

Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise noted. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Core courses (22 credit hours)
HSP_MGMT 1100 Introduction to Hospitality Management
HSP_MGMT 2100 Hospitality Law
HSP_MGMT 2190 Seminar in Professional Development
HSP_MGMT 3100 Service Management
HSP_MGMT 4100 Hospitality Human Resources Management
HSP_MGMT 4110 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
HSP_MGMT 4180 Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry
HSP_MGMT 4993 Internship in Hospitality Management
Specialty area courses (30 credit hours)
This represents a sample of available courses.
HSP_MGMT 4280 Special Events Management
HSP_MGMT 4380 Managing Food Service Businesses*
HSP_MGMT 4480 Advance Lodging Management
HSP_MGMT 4580 Sports Venue and Facility Management

*Requires up to two weeks on campus when executing the dinner series

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

You may apply to the online bachelor of hospitality management program as a freshman or, if you have at least 24 credit hours of applicable college level course work, as a transfer student.

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:
    1. For freshmen, please follow the freshman admission process.
    2. For transfer students:
      • Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work.
      • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
      • Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college. Please see the full list of requirements at the link under Step 4 below.

  2. Mark your calendar
  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall July 1 August
    Spring Dec. 1 January
    Summer May 1 June

  4. Gather your papers
  5. In the online application, you will need to supply:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
    • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended

    You also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to

    • Office of Admissions
    • University of Missouri
    • 230 Jesse Hall
    • Columbia, MO 65211

  6. Complete the online application
  7. You can check admission requirements, transfer equivalencies and financial aid opportunities within the application.

    Apply Here

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This program is administered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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