Take your hospitality career to the next level


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.

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 hour)

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


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

If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of hospitality management program as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    1. For freshmen:
      • Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT.
      • Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades.
      • For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements.
    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 79 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 195.
      • 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

    If you are applying as a transfer student, 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 as a freshman

    Apply as a transfer student

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