Hospitality Program


Mesa Hospitality Management 

Certificate of Achievement 

Associate of Science Degree

Hospitality management covers a range of topics with a business focus aimed at student success in a variety of accommodation, event and food and beverage segments. Specific emphasis includes business priorities and aspects including, leadership and management specific to the industry, business communications, finance, human resources, legal and legislative requirements for lodging, restaurant and events, and sales and marketing as they relate to hospitality management. This hospitality business focus prepares students for entry-level supervision and oversight in any of the myriad of segments. These segments include, but are not limited to, accommodation options in: hotels, resorts, timeshare/vacation ownership, conference centers, camp and private clubs, senior living, cruise lines, and casino hotels, restaurants, bars, corporate events, wedding planning, destination management conferences services. Coursework is supplemented with participation in numerous field excursions and opportunities to hear from industry professionals and experts.

Additional certification and/or credentialing may be required to obtain employment in the field.


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Program Goals: 

Mesa Hospitality Management 

A core set of hospitality management courses center on the hospitality industry. Students obtain an integrated and expansive view of all hospitality and accommodation segments for greater marketability and career opportunities.


Award Type Units
Certificate of Achievement:
Hospitality Management 35
Associate of Science Degree:
Hospitality Management 36*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree. 

Both the Degree and Certificate require the same major course load. 

Program Emphasis: The world of hospitality is unique because it offers opportunities in a variety of vocations. Employees could manage departments in a hotel, plan new special effects at a theme park, hire and train employees at a resort, or select and buy china for a post restaurant. They could forecast profitability of a new convention center, publicize a new attraction at a world-famous zoo, organize on-location catering for film crews, or lead port excursions for cruise passengers. They may also become an entrepreneur and own your own franchise eatery or bed and breakfast establishment. This is one field of study than can open many career doors. Hospitality is the largest private sector industry worldwide. Significant growth is expected to continue in these areas, and the industry is known to promote from within and move talented employees quickly up the career ladder. Career paths can be found in many professions in the hospitality industry, where the focus is people, service and guest satisfaction.

Career Options: Mesa Hospitality Management 

Hospitality positions are diverse, wide ranging, and include: guest service, finance, marketing, sales, human resources, customer service, purchasing, information technology, security, maintenance, engineering, accounting, food and beverage, banquets, corporate events catering, restaurants, nightclubs, concierge, bell staff, housekeeping, reservations, spas, fitness centers, swimming pool operations, golf courses, meeting planning, wedding planning and management opportunities in most every establishment. Hundreds of different types of positions exist in the hotel industry, from entry-level to executive management. Opportunities abound in rooms management; food and beverage offerings in restaurants, coffee shops, catering and banquets; sales and marketing; event, meeting, and wedding planning; human resources, hiring, training, and coaching employees; housekeeping, security, engineering, maintenance; information technology; and accounting, finance and revenue management.



Recommended Electives: Business 119; Computer Business Technology 140.

To register and receive an ADD code for
HOSP 270 Work Experience, please
complete the requirements and steps at:
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Courses Required for the Major: Units
HOSP 101 Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism 3
HOSP 102 Hospitality Financial Accounting 3
HOSP 111 Food and Beverage Management 3
HOSP 112 Lodging and Resort Management & Operations 3
HOSP 115 Strategic Leadership in Hospitality  3
HOSP 121 Event & Hospitality Marketing & Sales  3
HOSP 130 Hospitality Law


HOSP 152 Hospitality Human Resources  
HOSP 162 Meeting and Convention Management  3
HOSP 166 Special Event Management & Consulting  3
HOSP 185 Facilities Management  2
HOSP 190 Hospitality Capstone  2
HOSP 270 Work Experience 2* / 3**
Total Units = 30
*Certificate requires 2 credits of Work Experience 270 **Degree requires 3 credits of Work Experience 270