B.S. Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Online

Launch your career in executive hospitality management from anywhere in the world with help from renowned experts and professional industry partners.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
CAREERS AND SALARY Annual Employment Report
Delivery Online

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The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) program is a leader at the forefront of hospitality education. Our approach goes beyond textbooks, blending established industry expertise with hands-on experience. Learn from globally recognized experts who bring cutting-edge practices right into the classroom. Our industry-ready approach begins on day one, providing you with a skill set that seamlessly combines exceptional service culture and essential business strategies.

Catered to the evolving needs of the hospitality industry, our dedicated program prepares you for long-term success. Our graduates don't just manage hotels, restaurants, and tourism ventures; they pioneer innovative solutions, redefining the very essence of extraordinary service, and elevating customer satisfaction and value to new heights. With us, you're not just prepared; you're poised for a remarkable career in the dynamic world of hospitality.

Student within the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism program

Tradition Meets Innovation. A Curriculum Serving Success.

HRTM student in hotel lobby

Founded in 1968, UW-Stout's hospitality programs have been shaping the industry's future leaders, setting benchmarks, and driving innovations in excellence for over 50 years. Our program's globally recognized curriculum is enriched by more than 100 partnerships with notable national and international hospitality businesses. Our alumni lead the way in hotels, resorts, restaurants, and across the tourism industry and support your education journey through industry partnerships, including those with internationally recognized names like Marriot Hotels International, Omni Hotels, Destination Kohler, Kalahari Resorts, Distinguished and Platinum private clubs, and Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Our experienced faculty provides personalized guidance for success across diverse leadership roles, including:

  • Hotel and Resort Operations
  • Restaurant Operations Management
  • Event and Conference Planning
  • Luxury Management
  • Private Club Management
  • Vacation and Tourism Promotion

Program Accreditation

The B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program provides a specialized education and is accredited by the Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management is ACPHA accredited.

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Program Overview

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All-Inclusive Tuition Model

UW-Stout's Customized Instruction (CI) programs are designed for adult learners and offer an all-inclusive tuition model. All universities present their total costs differently, so if you're comparing UW-Stout's online CI tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • No additional university-based semester or technology fees
  • Same CI tuition rate for for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.
     

Online Program Value

  • 100% online courses for working professionals
  • Full-time program director and expert faculty
  • Online faculty advisor
  • Adult Student Services adviser
  • Reliable course offerings, sequences and matrices to help you plan ahead
    • (HRTM Online Course Matrix)
  • Stackable courses/programs (applicable to other programs)

Learn from Experience Experts

Guided by accomplished instructors, our program bridges academia with industry realities, aligning your education with professional demands.

John Sobota, UW-Stout

John Sobota

Program Director. REPM Ambassador, & Lecturer 
439 Heritage Hall
Call: 715-232-2336
Email: sobotajo@uwstout.edu

Industry-Focused Education

Experiential Learning

Education doesn’t only happen in the classroom in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism program – it happens when students experience the industry they are preparing for during their time at UW-Stout.

One of the defining features of our hotel, restaurant, and tourism program is the unique learning opportunities that students receive. Throughout your program, you will have an opportunity to live and breathe the hospitality industry through experts who visit campus from around the United States, industry site visits that include both day trips and overnight stays, and other active learning opportunities that let you learn from industry professionals away from the classroom environment.

Student in HRTM program completes hands-on internship

Our depth of relationships with the industry allows you to have an experience that other programs aspire to reach.   With industry support, students experience some of the premier private clubs, resorts, and hotels throughout the Midwest and beyond.
 

Industry Partnerships & Connections

Our Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program has more than 100 partnerships with notable national and international hospitality businesses—a network of hospitality professionals and alumni ready to hire HRTM graduates—ready to help ensure you experience the internships and co-ops that will distinguish your career.

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Future Careers

Future careers in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management offer dynamic opportunities in various sectors. Graduates can explore rewarding paths as Lodging Managers, Restaurant Managers, Entertainment Managers, and Event Managers, each role rich with potential for growth and leadership in the vibrant hospitality industry. Our program equips students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in these roles, as detailed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occupational outlook and data.

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Classroom Knowledge Meets Career Skills. Internships and Co-ops.

Co-op and Internships HRTM

At UW-Stout, hands-on, real-world learning goes beyond the classroom. We take you to industry through site visits and immersive learning opportunities. Our program provides you with opportunities to dive into the industry and develop leadership skills through co-ops and internships. These experiences serve as your gateway to graduate into a successful career, not a job search. These experiences ensure you:

  • Are ready on day one - you already know what is happening in industry.
  • Develop career-ready skills while applying classroom lessons.
  • Grow your professional network, at the regional, national, and international levels.
  • Increase your employability upon graduation.

 


 

Affordable Paths to a 5-Star Career

Don't let financial barriers stand in your way—our scholarships and articulation agreements make your dream career more accessible than ever. The HRTM Alumni Scholarship for New Students provides funding for first-year students, ProStart High School agreements allow you to get credit for classes and experiences you have had before coming to UW-Stout, and financial aid options are available from both the industry and the university to support your educational journey without weighing down your wallet. Start smart, and invest in your future today.

 

HRTM Alumni Scholarship for New Students
McGurik, HRTM, UW-Stout

Alumni from our HRTM program have come together to establish this scholarship, honoring the legacy of Professor Philip H. McGuirk. If you're just starting out here as a freshman or a new student in the HRTM program, know that this award is specifically designed for you. It's an opportunity to propel you on your journey in hospitality leadership.     

The HRTM Alumni Scholarship for New Students is a $1,000 one-year, non-renewable scholarship.  Thirty scholarship awards are available for new entering students pursuing a major in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. No additional scholarship application is required, you will be automatically eligible if you meet these criteria:

  • Incoming first-year OR Transfer student, transferring from an accredited college
  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student for fall semester in the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from the most recent school attended
  • Both on-campus and online/customized instruction students are eligible


 

Articulation Agreements

For high school students considering our program, UW-Stout has established new articulation agreements with ProStart High School. These agreements offer a unique opportunity for current high school students, allowing them to earn "free" 12 credits in the HRTM program. This means you can get a head start on your hospitality management journey even before setting foot on our campus.

More Ways to Fund Your Future

Additional HRTM Scholarships

There are numerous scholarships available for students majoring in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. Eligibility requirements vary, but awards are available regardless of financial need. For consideration, you must submit a Stout University Foundation Scholarship application - with a single application, you'll be considered for every Foundation scholarship for which you qualify.

Application

To apply for the on-campus or online Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, you need to apply to UW-Stout.

Financial Aid

Students who are attending another institution, but are planning to receive their degree from UW-Stout, may be eligible to receive aid from UW‐Stout. In these cases, UW‐Stout is considered the Home Institution and the other campus is considered the Visiting Institution.

Transfer Students

Note: When filling out the application form, be sure to make a note in the student comment section that you intend to apply to the "online program." 


Program Learning Outcomes

Mission

To be globally recognized for preparing future industry leaders through a contemporary, applied business of hospitality curriculum.

HRTM Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning objectives for the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program and approved by the University are:

1.    Grasp the scope and major components of the hospitality industry. 
2.    Develop the unique characteristics needed to lead hospitality and other service-oriented industries. 
3.    Apply fundamental management theories to the effective management of hospitality industry businesses. 
4.    Explain current issues, trends, opportunities and unique challenges facing the hospitality industry.
5.    Demonstrate the fundamental management and leadership skills needed for career success within the hospitality industry. 
6.    Identify the impacts that current, emerging and future trends have on effective hospitality operations.
 

Program Advisory Committee

Industry Committee Members

AiAsakuraInternational Sales ExecutiveHilton
JamesCondonGuest Service ManagerInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
RanaConnorsFront Desk & Guest Services ManagerLodge Kohler
DavidCrabtreeCEOJimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurants
Pete FosterPresident                                                 Wismin Hospitality / Eastside Hospitality 
HaleyGalesRegional Director of People & CultureGraduate Hotels
SteveGreenPrincipal Sales Specialist – Emerging InnovationsIDeas/SAS Softwate MSP
Pete HaydaManaging Director, Sales and MarketingLittle Nell Hotel Group
LeeKerfootVice President HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Bryan McBroomFood & Beverage ManagerDelaware North Sportservice
Terri MertzRegional Director/AMER Revenue ManagementIHG - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Garth Peterson Managing DirectorIDeas/SAS Software MSP
DougRohdePresident                                                 LHR Hotel Managment
Randy RuderGeneral Manager and Chairman of  CMAA  Beachpoint Club
Amy ShahinDirector of Sales & Marketing JW Marriott Mall of America 
PaulSheehanDirector Industrial Sales|Burke|Foodservice;  UW-Stout GraduateHormel Foods
Scott StuckeyGeneral ManagerOmni Hotels Louisville, KY
DavidWeberVice President Foodservice Sales; UW-Stout GraduateHormel Foods
MichaelWilsonDirector of Conventions & Meeting PlanningAmerican Veterinary Medical Association
SamanthaZiwickiCorporate RelationsMinnesota Vikings

Faculty Committee Members

Carole Jean BaierHRTM Program AssociateUW-Stout
JayJonesAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout 
EricBreyProfessor/Department ChairUW-Stout 
KristalGerdesAssociate Professor/Dept ChairUW-Stout 
BetsyPudlinerAssociate ProfessorUW-Stout
GindyNeidermyerInterim CSTEMM Dean UW-Stout
JohnSobotaLecturer/HRTM Program DirectorUW-Stout

Student Committee Members

BaileyJacqueHRTM Student  UW-Stout Student
Grace RuckerHRTM StudentUW-Stout Student
GeorgeGrayHRTM Student  UW-Stout Student
ClaireHennemanHRTM StudentUW-Stout Student
SamanthaMicoleyHRTM StudentUW-Stout Student
Student Organizations

Club Managers of American Association (CMAA)

Club Management Association of America (CMAA),  is a professional student club  and one of the oldest student chapters in America. The club focuses on the private club industry and understanding the unique aspects and opportunities of this distinctive component of the hospitality industry. The goals of the student CMAA chapter is to help members become comfortable interacting with their peers and industry professionals, work on building members' resume and national network of contacts, provide professional development, identify internship opportunities around the country at some of the most prestigious clubs in America, obtain scholarships for their studies and for immersive leaving opportunities like the annual world conference, and traveling around the country to help students prepare for their career. Ultimately, the club’s education and resource focus to help students excel in today's ever-evolving industry.

HSMAI Overview

Hospitality, Sales, and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides marketing, sales and revenue optimization professionals with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue. The student chapter tours hospitality properties, conducts sales blitzes, as well as participates in events with our state and global HSMAI chapter, along with fundraising to attend the national Adrian Awards event.
 


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