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Hospitality and Tourism Online

Are you a people person? Do you like hosting people? Through course work, internships and on-site learning labs, we’ll teach you the skills needed to succeed in the worldwide service industry.


Only AACSB-accredited hospitality and tourism management program in West Virginia (as part of the College's AACSB accreditation)

The online BSBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management, offered through the WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics, is designed to teach students the skills they need to succeed in the worldwide service industry, including careers in hotel and restaurant operations, event planning, or other management fields.

In addition to course work, students participate in internships and learning labs. The program of study covers all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry from a management perspective and provides a solid foundation in all core business functions, along with specialized courses in the field. The curriculum balances theory and practice with internship requirements that take students around the world. The major has a placement rate of more than 90 percent, largely due to the requirement of two field experience or internship courses. Students who complete their internships successfully can expect full-time job opportunities after graduation.


The Hospitality and Tourism Management major has a placement rate of more than 90%. The success is due to the requirement of two internships as part of the major. Students who completed their internships successfully were given full-time job opportunities after their graduation. For instance, one student completed a College Experience Internship at Disney while she was a junior, and after graduation was selected as a Professional Intern at Disney. Another student was selected for the Marriott Voyage global leadership development program.

Several other students completed internships that led to a full-time jobs, including front desk manager at the Marriott Waterfront Place Hotel, standards specialist at IHG and revenue manager at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Hospitality and Tourism Management major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

  • Bright Outlook
  • Green Occupation
  • Requires a Graduate Degree
  • Food Service Managers

      $63,060 Median Salary

      Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

      Possible job titles for this career include: Food and Beverage Manager.

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    • General and Operations Managers

      $101,280 Median Salary

      Plan, direct or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing or administrative services.

      Possible job titles for this career include: General Manager (GM).

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    • Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

      $56,920 Median Salary

      Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

      Possible job titles for this career include: Conference Planning Manager.

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    • Property, Real Estate and Community Association Managers

      $62,850 Median Salary

      Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).

      Possible job titles for this career include: Apartment Manager.

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    This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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    Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, a National Guardsman, or still serving on active duty, West Virginia University is a great place to further your education. The Military Times ranked WVU as the 14th Best College for Vets in 2023. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.

    WVU offers several resources for current and former military personnel and incentives for online programs as well.


    West Virginia University has worked hard to make its programs affordable for military personnel and veterans. WVU is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, meaning that the university agrees to waive a portion of tuition not covered by the GI Bill. Unlike most universities, WVU participates in the program for all graduate and professional programs. Additionally, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a $100 discount per credit hour to all current and former service personnel pursuing the Hardy Family Online Hospitality and Tourism program.

    * If the Department of Defense is covering all tuition and online learning fees, you are not eligible for the $100 per credit hour discount.


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