By Jennifer Eisenberg
Hospitality management is a field that literally opens doors. World travel, luxury accommodations, and the best of food and wine are all legitimate perks of the job. An online associate’s degree in hospitality management is a foot in the door in this diverse area. You can maintain a general focus and work in areas like travel arrangement or even human resources for a hospitality-centered company, with a strong general business background in your schooling. You can also specialize in event planning or casino management, to name just a couple of options.
Getting an associate degree in hospitality management online can be a great career decision, but is it right for you? First, you can take a quick online assessment to see if you possess (or would care to acquire) the skills necessary for digital education success. Second, you should make sure that the program you choose is authorized to provide education services in the state where you reside. Schools must contract with each state, for each program, to be certified as education providers. This means that not all schools are certified in all areas at all times. Make sure this is a step in your process of narrowing down schools.
In cooking up this list, we used several factors. All of these schools advertise degrees that are 100% available online. All of them have tuition under $17,000 a year. We use the faculty to student ratio as an estimate of the personalized attention you can expect in your schooling. The relevancy of the curriculum to the current demands of the field is also a factor. Bonus points were given out for awards recognizing excellence in online education, the option of college credit for life experience and professional experience of faculty members.
All tuition, enrollment, and student to faculty ratio numbers come from the National Center for Education Statistics, an information clearinghouse of the US government.
#11 – Chemeketa Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management Online
Chemeketa Community College is one of the leading providers of online education at the community college level in Oregon. Their associate of applied science in the fast-growing field of hospitality and tourism management can be achieved online in concert with four one year related certificate programs. Available certificates are in the areas of event management, food and beverage management, lodging management and travel and tourism management. Their student to faculty ratio is close to the national standard at 23:1.
#10 – Monroe College
Online Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Students in the BBA in hospitality management online degree program at Monroe College take courses like “Beverage Management”, “Employee & Labor Relations” and “Dining Room Management”. The Bronx’s Monroe College offers an online associate’s degree in hospitality management that takes advantage of the Flexible Adult Student Track (FAST) program, which offers a limited number of courses at the accelerated rate of two courses every 7.5 weeks, instead of the usual four courses over 15 weeks. In addition to this program, the school provides a personal admissions counselor to help you get started and a personal student services counselor to keep you on the most efficient track. They have an acceptable student to faculty ratio of 18:1.
#9 – Tompkins Cortland Community College
Online Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Tompkins Cortland Community College offers a 62 credit hour associate in hotel and restaurant management program that can be completed online. TCCC participates in the State University of New York’s Degree Works program that facilitates standardizing credits for ease of transferring among schools in their system. Courses included in this degree are safe alcohol handling and hospitality law. Their student to faculty ratio is 19:1.
#8 – NHTI – Concord’s Community College
Associate of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management Online
NHTI, Concord’s Community College has been serving the capital city region of New Hampshire since 1965. Their online associate degree in hospitality and tourism management is a 61-62 credit hour program. The hospitality and tourism management program has articulation (transfer) agreements with the coordinating programs at New England College and Plymouth State University. Coursework for this degree includes marketing and quality service management. Their student faculty ratio is great, at 12:1.
#7 – Bryant & Stratton College
Online Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Bryant and Stratton’s online associate in applied science in hospitality management degree requires 39 hours of coursework in the major covering topics like research and writing for the workplace and technology in the hospitality management industry, Their student to faculty ratio is the best on this list at 9:1, but that one on one attention comes with increased tuition costs. This program is not available to residents of Arkansas or New York.
#6 – Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Online Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College distinguishes itself from the pack offering online education, with one of the largest cooperative education networks in the country. Their online associate degree in hospitality management requires 40 hours in the field. The 62 credit hour program includes studies in business law and financial accounting. Cincinnati State has transfer agreements in place with more than 20 four-year institutions. Their student to faculty ratio is a laudable 13:1.
#5 – Finger Lakes Community College
Associate in Applied Science in Tourism Management Online
Finger Lakes Community College has been serving the educational needs of their region for more than 50 years. Their online associate in tourism management degree is a 64 credit hour program that includes coursework in economics and sustainable tourism planning. FLCC participates with the State University of New York system’s general education requirements to make transfer among the schools in its system more efficient. Their student to faculty ratio is 22:1. Finger Lakes Community College hosted the first hospitality management degree program in the state of New York.
#4 – Casper College
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management Online
Casper College in Wyoming is a public, two-year school focused on student success. Their associate of applied science in hospitality management degree offered online is for application in the job market. It is missing some of the general education component that would be helpful in transferring to a four-year school. These courses have been removed to get you out in the real world faster. It is a 60 credit hour program covering topics like information management and commercial law. Their student to faculty ratio is an admirable 13:1.
#3 – American Public University
Charles Town, West Virginia
Associate of Arts in Hospitality Management Online
American Public University prizes flexibility. They start new classes monthly, so you don’t have to wait for August or January. They offer 8 and 16 week course schedules. APU’s associate of arts in hospitality management online is a 61 credit hour program that covers the history of the hospitality industry and also management techniques relevant to that field. They are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the curriculum is reviewed by industry professionals for relevancy. APU’s student to faculty ratio is 20:1, which is fairly standard,
#2 – Albany Technical College
Online Associate of Applied Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Albany Technical College’s online associate of applied science degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management is a 60 credit hour program including coursework in hospitality law and food and beverage management. ATC hits the great value sweet spot of low tuition and a very reasonable student to faculty ratio of 16:1. They also offer two possible embedded certificates, one for hotel management specialist and one in event planning.
#1 – Central Texas College
Online Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Administration/Management with a Specialization in Hotel Management
Online Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Administration/Management with a Specialization in Food and Beverage Management
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Central Texas College has articulation agreements in place to smooth transition between associates and bachelor’s programs with 42 schools nationwide, many top providers of online education among them. They offer an online associate’s degree in hospitality management with two specializations, food and beverage management and hotel management. Both specializations are 60 credit hour programs. Courses included in this degree are hospitality management and safety and sanitation. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.
This has been a countdown of the top 11 online associate’s degrees in hospitality management.