B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Launch your career in executive hospitality management with the help world-renowned experts and professional industry partners.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Develop the knowledge, skills and experience to be a leader in hospitality—manage world-class hotels, resorts, and restaurants; design and coordinate premier corporate and special events; and market tourist destinations all over the world. We'll teach you to manage hospitality teams, evaluate operations and propose innovative solutions. UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) is designed to help you launch your successful career in executive hospitality management.

UW-Stout's School of Hospitality Leadership has more than 100 partnerships with notable national and international hospitality businesses—a network of hospitality professionals and alumni ready to hire HRTM graduates—we leverage to ensure you experience the internships and co-ops that will distinguish your career.

Career-Defining Curriculum

The program you choose is critical to your success in this competitive industry. UW-Stout offers one of the most renowned hotel, restaurant, and tourism management programs in the world (established in 1968). Our graduates comprise the managerial talent at major resorts, hotels, restaurants, private clubs, government tourism agencies, and convention bureaus.

Stout's executive hospitality programs (Golf Enterprise Management; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and Real Estate Property Management) build upon a core set of courses that provide a flexible, diversified foundation to pursue a specialized hospitality field of study. Our HRTM curriculum was recently enhanced with the input of industry and alumni feedback to further emphasize customer analytics, revenue management, competitive pricing, and organizational development.

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Program Overview

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Hotel, restaurant, and tourism management is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States. Each year, leisure time increases for thousands of Americans, and the demands on the hospitality industry are growing. Existing lodging and dining facilities are expanding and new businesses are developing to accommodate the increased demand for hospitality services.

Our faculty are highly skilled professionals focused on your academic and career success, self-growth and leadership development. They are committed to providing you with the personal attention you need to succeed in a variety of hospitality management settings, including: 

  • Hotel and Resort Operations
  • Vacation and Tourism Promotions
  • Culinary and Restaurant Careers
  • Event and Conference Planning
  • International Hospitality Guest Services
  • Hospitality Law, Liability and Risk Assessment
  • Product Development

"UW-Stout has taught me the fundamentals of what it takes to be a leader in a diverse community both on and off campus. UW-Stout has helped me be career-ready through the various activities and extracurriculars that it has to offer. The hands-on learning experience gives students an advantage with real-life scenarios."

-- Josh Nowak
B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
B.S. Real Estate Property Management

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Scholarship Support

Alumni of the HRTM program have established this scholarship in honor of Professor Philip H. Mcguirk. This award is available for all freshmen and new students to the HRTM program.

"After 41 years of working at UW-Stout in the HRTM program I wanted to do something nice for incoming freshman students. My love for the students, faculty and UW-Stout is as strong today as it was 40 years ago. The students in all my classes were awesome."

- Prof. Philip H. Mcguirk

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Full-time, incoming first-year student (enrolled in 12 credits or more)
  • Enrolled in the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher (high school or equivalent)

This scholarship is available to the students who meet the above criteria, in additional to students who transfer into the program with an associate degree from an accredited college. Both customized instruction and on-campus students are eligible.

UW-Stout's single scholarship application makes it easy to apply and be considered for all available scholarships. Visit the Stout University Foundation Scholarships page for more details. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications and announces award recipients in the Spring. 

APPLICATION AND TRANSFER INFORMATION

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." 

Mission & Objectives

Mission

The primary mission of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program is to remain a leading educational provider of hospitality management candidates. This will be achieved by strategically planning and implementing educational resources that generate graduates who are exposed to a diverse curriculum that encompasses general studies; fundamentals of business administration; and professional courses in hotel administration, restaurant operations, and tourism management.

Objectives

Offer a program of study with the aim of developing the financial, operational and organizational skills for future managers in the hospitality industry.

  • Demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to manage hospitality operations. 
  • Exemplify the business skills necessary to operate and lead hospitality organizations successfully. 
  • Model the communications skills needed to lead in a diverse and globally integrated industry. 
  • Construct an analytical skillset to formulate and execute business decisions in an experience-driven industry successfully. 
  • Critique the fundamental leadership skills needed to lead hospitality organizations in a diverse and globally integrated industry. 
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze major trends and leadership practices in hotel, restaurant and tourism-related enterprises.
  2. Apply accounting, human resource (including both gender and diversity), marketing and management skills to exceed the objectives of hospitality organizations in the operation of their business.
  3. Develop and apply strategies for attracting new guests while retaining existing guests.
  4. Prepare and analyze budgets and financial statements to maximize the profits of hospitality businesses.
  5. Apply the principles of property maintenance and risk management to preserve and enhance the value of hospitality properties.
  6. Develop and enforce operating procedures to ensure hospitality properties are generating maximum sales and profits all while acting in an ethical manner.
  7. Integrate the knowledge and skills obtained in the courses in the hotel, restaurant and tourism management curriculum through practical leadership experiences in the hospitality industry.
HRTM Advisory Board

Industry Representatives

Ai

Asakura

International Sales Executive

Hilton

James

Condon

Guest Service Manager

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Rana

Connors

Front Desk & Guest Services Manager

Lodge Kohler

Pete 

Foster

President                                                 

Wismin Hospitality / Eastside Hospitality 

Haley

Gales

Regional Director of People & Culture

Graduate Hotels

Steve

Green

Principal Sales Specialist – Emerging Innovations

IDeas/SAS Softwate MSP

Pete 

Hayda

Managing Director, Sales and Marketing

Little Nell Hotel Group

Lee

Kerfoot

Vice President 

HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors

Bryan 

McBroom

Food & Beverage Manager

Delaware North Sportservice

Terri 

Mertz

Regional Director/AMER Revenue Management

IHG - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors

Garth 

Peterson 

Managing Director

IDeas/SAS Software MSP

Doug

Rohde

President                                                 

LHR Hotel Managment

Randy 

Ruder

General Manager and Chairman of  CMAA  

Beachpoint Club

Amy 

Shahin

Director of Sales & Marketing 

JW Marriott Mall of America 

Paul

Sheehan

Director Industrial Sales|Burke|Foodservice;  UW-Stout Graduate

Hormel Foods

Scott 

Stuckey

General Manager

Omni Hotels Louisville, KY

David

Weber

Vice President Foodservice Sales; UW-Stout Graduate

Hormel Foods

Michael

Wilson

Director of Conventions & Meeting Planning

American Veterinary Medical Association

Samantha

Ziwicki

Corporate Relations

Minnesota Vikings

School of Hospitality Leadership Representatives

Carole Jean 

Baier

HRTM Program Associate

UW-Stout

Jay

Jones

Assistant Professor

UW-Stout 

Eric

Brey

Professor/Department Chair

UW-Stout 

Kristal

Gerdes

Associate Professor/Dept Chair

UW-Stout 

Betsy

Pudliner

Associate Professor

UW-Stout

Gindy

Neidermyer

Interim CSTEMM Dean 

UW-Stout

John

Sobota

Lecturer/HRTM Program Director

UW-Stout

Student Representatives

Bailey

Jacque

HRTM Student  

UW-Stout Student

Grace 

Rucker

HRTM Student

UW-Stout Student

George

Gray

HRTM Student  

UW-Stout Student

Claire

Henneman

HRTM Student

UW-Stout Student

Samantha

Micoley

HRTM Student

UW-Stout Student

Student Organizations

Professional Development

The six student professional organizations related to the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program are:

  • American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) (Wisconsin Chapter)
  • Club Managers of America Association (CMAA)
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
  • Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • Restaurant & Foodservice Management Association (RFMA)

B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Online

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