Business Administration Major: Hospitality Management Option (B.S.)

Business Administration Major: Hospitality Management Option (B.S.)
Four students in chef's coats are flanked around a metal prep table, one is putting the finishing touches on a dish, while the head chef and professor overlooks. In the background one professional dressed student in entering the kitchen through a doorway, with another student just behind her.

The business administration hospitality management major at UNH prepares you to create unforgettable experiences in the world's largest industry. Whether you aspire to manage your own business or lead operations for a luxury hotel brand, this is your program.

Here, you'll learn how to make guests feel special – and about all the behind-the-scenes operations that make it happen. If event design and management is you thing, we've got that. Finance and real estate development...we've got that too.

UNH has one of the oldest and most well-known hospitality programs in the country, with an alumni network ready to help you grow as a professional and land a job. Want to work local or dream of seeing the world? The hospitality option is your key to a rewarding and well-paying career. 

What is hospitality management?

Hospitality management focuses on managing areas of business that offer accommodation, dining, entertainment, events, and leisure activities. This includes everything from the largest hotel or casino to the smallest cafe. Hospitality managers oversee various aspects including staff coordination, food and beverage service management, event planning and design, and real estate development. Across all these professions the primary goal of hospitality management remains the same: to ensure every guest has a flawless and memorable experience.

Why study hospitality management at UNH?

In the business administration hospitality management major at UNH you’ll get a strong foundation in business and economics along with in-demand industry specific knowledge and experience. Learn about the various areas of the industry and pair up hospitality management with one of our other options to build your own custom skill set for whatever career path you are eyeing. As the nation’s second oldest hospitality program, we offer links to esteemed industry leaders and alumni who you can connect with through our one-on-one mentorship program and exclusive leadership opportunities. If you are from Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, or Vermont you are eligible for tuition reduction under the New England Regional Student Program.

Potential Careers

  • Convention services management
  • Event management
  • Food and beverage management
  • Hospitality corporate finance
  • Hospitality real estate development
  • Hotel and resort operations management
  • Management in travel or tourism
  • Small business owner
  • Social media management
  • Revenue and pricing management

Curriculum & Requirements

The Hospitality Management option in the BS in Business Administration is a specialized program that blends fundamental business principles with a focus on the hospitality industry. Students will be equipped with knowledge and skills essential for managing various facets of hospitality operations, including hotels, restaurants, resorts, and event planning. The required business core courses provide a solid and rigorous foundations in areas like finance, marketing, human resources management, and strategic planning; while the hospitality management specific courses explore industry specific issues, trends, and best practices. The goal is to prepare graduates for leadership roles within the hospitality sector, where they can oversee operations, develop strategies to enhance guest experiences, and drive business growth.

Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ADMN 400
or ADMN 410
Introduction to Business
or Management Information Systems
ECON 401
or ECON 402
Principles of Economics (Macro)
or Principles of Economics (Micro)
MATH 422
or MATH 424A
Mathematics for Business Applications
or Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431 Business Ethics 4
ADMN 403 Computing Essentials for Business 1
PAUL 405 Freshman Academic Experience I 1
ADMN 410
or ADMN 400
Management Information Systems
or Introduction to Business
ECON 402
or ECON 401
Principles of Economics (Micro)
or Principles of Economics (Macro)
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery 4
PAUL 406 Freshman Academic Experience II 1
Second Year
ADMN 502 Financial Accounting 4
ADMN 510 Business Statistics 4
Discovery 4
Discovery 4
ADMN 503 Managerial Accounting 4
ADMN 585
or ADMN 575
or Behavior in Organizations
Discovery 4
Discovery 4
PAUL 660
or PAUL 690
BiP-Social Intelligence Topics
or BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics
Third Year
ADMN 575
or ADMN 585
Behavior in Organizations
or Marketing
ADMN 570
or ADMN 580
Introduction to Financial Management
or Quantitative Decision Making
HMGT 601 Management of Customer Services and Experiences 4
Discovery 4
BiP Business in Practice (PAUL 660, 670, 680 or 690) 2
ADMN 580
or ADMN 570
Quantitative Decision Making
or Introduction to Financial Management
Hospitality Management elective 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
BiP Business in Practice (PAUL 660, 670, 680 or 690)  
Fourth Year
ADMN 775
ADMN 700
Strategic Management: Decision Making
and PAUL Assessment of Core Knowledge
Hospitality Management elective 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
BiP Business in Practice (PAUL 660, 670, 680 or 690)  
HMGT 703 Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry 4
Hospitality Management elective 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
 Total Credits135

Students can explore a second option, second major, minor, or general electives.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Administration Core
Required Courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 775Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

 Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year. 

Option in Hospitality Management 3
Required Courses:
HMGT 601Management of Customer Services and Experiences0
HMGT 775Modern Operations and Innovations in Hospitality and Tourism4
Sectoral Electives
Select one course from the following:
HMGT 661
Event Design, Planning, and Management
HMGT 681
Contemporary Resort Development and Management
HMGT 798
Functional Electives
Select two courses from the following:
HMGT 655
Hospitality Finance and Development
HMGT 758
Revenue Management: The Art of Pricing
HMGT 667
Advanced Food & Beverage Operations & Event Management

This is the capstone course in the business administration  program, and satisfies the capstone requirement of  the Discovery Program. Students may be required to concurrently enroll in ADMN 700 PAUL Assessment of Core Knowledge (zero credits) for AACSB accreditation purposes.


Students may satisfy PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680, PAUL 690 requirements through other courses/experiences with approved intelligence attributes assigned.  


Students must complete a minimum of two courses at the 700-level in the option.

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core content areas of business.
  • Students will think critically to address business situations.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills to interact effectively in business situations.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a business situation by applying a multiple stakeholder lens.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business practices as they relate to local, national and global competitiveness.

Explore Program Details

Students interested in our Business Administration Hotel and Hospitality Management major may also be interested in these advanced degree offerings:

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