An online associate degree in hospitality management can jumpstart your career. The degree often leads to work as a restaurant or hotel manager, an event planner, and more. You'll learn the leadership and analytical skills needed to succeed.

As of 2015, hospitality management jobs earned an average starting salary of $37,000 per year, according to the NACE. The BLS confirms that salary will increase with experience, as the median annual salary in 2015 was $49,720. The BLS projects a growth rate of 8% over the next ten years. One of the best ways to take advantage of this trend is to earn an online hospitality management degree.

Accredited Online Associate in Associate in Hospitality Management Programs

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Central Texas College

Killeen, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 16%

Central Texas College, a community college based out of Killeen, caters to a global population through its branch campuses in Europe and multiple distance learning programs. Originally opened in the 1960s on land donated by Fort Hood to educate local students in Bell County, CTC also maintains a particular focus on military students. The school's patriotism extends to its mascot (the eagle), and CTC offers courses at various military bases worldwide.

CTC's slate of distance learning offerings includes an online associate degree in hospitality management. CTC has offered programs in hospitality management for 30 years but only recently began to offer hospitality management courses online. Like many other associate degrees, the program's curriculum requires students to complete 60 credits, a process that takes most full-time students two years. All students in the program select their concentrations from culinary arts, food and beverage management, hotel management, or restaurant and culinary management.

Notable core courses in the curriculum include introduction to the hospitality industry, hospitality financial management, purchasing for hospitality operations, and an internship at a hospitality placement site in each student's community. The program aims to remain flexible for working professionals, delivering all of its coursework asynchronously and never requiring students to visit any of CTC's campuses.

As a community college, CTC runs on open enrollment, meaning that applicants need only GEDs or high school diplomas to apply. Proud of its service to the Lone Star State, CTC provides significant tuition discounts to in-district and in-state students. Nevertheless, out-of-state tuition rates at CTC are far cheaper than those at most four-year institutions.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Available Concentrations: Culinary arts; food and beverage management; hotel management; restaurant and culinary management
Tuition: $90/credit in-district; $235/credit out-of-district
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 792-3348
Email: info.ctc@ctcd.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Middlesex Community College

Bedford, MA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 19%

Operating two campuses in the Massachusetts cities of Lowell and Bedford, Middlesex Community College opened its doors in the 1970s. The college grew consistently over the years, eventually becoming one of the Commonwealth's largest schools by enrollment. It offers nearly 60 different associate programs, in addition to multiple career-focused certificates. MCC also excels in evening and distance learning and offers several of its programs online, including an online hospitality associate degree.

The hospitality program at MCC, like most of its peers, requires two years of full-time study to complete. The curriculum consists of 62 credits and blends foundational business courses, including sales principles, financial accounting, and business law, with field-specific courses exploring hospitality management, food and beverage management, and convention and event sales and planning.

Students also examine the industry through tourism geography and tourism management. Each enrollee also completes a business internship at a placement site in their community to gain field experience. The program keeps working professionals in mind, delivering all coursework asynchronously and eliminating all on-campus requirements.

Maintaining its community college status, MCC does not list any admission requirements beyond a high school diploma or GED. As a public college, MCC provides a significant tuition discount to in-state students in the hospitality program compared with out-of-state distance learners.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Business Administration in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $245/credit in-state; $493/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 818-3434
Email: middlesex@middlesex.mass.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Craven Community College

New Bern, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 27%

Operating its central campus out of New Bern, North Carolina, Craven Community College originally opened its doors in the 1960s as an industrial satellite campus of Lenoir Community College. While the college continues to focus on technical fields, CCC now offers programs across multiple disciplines. CCC's slate of programs includes several distance learning offerings, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality program at CCC, like most programs of its kind, requires two years of full-time study to complete, although students in the program may also enroll part-time. The program's curriculum consists of 66 credits and includes courses in foundational hospitality management areas such as food preparation, sales, marketing, lodging operations, and restaurant operations. Each student must also complete a two-credit work-based learning course at a real-world hospitality organization. Given its breadth, the curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level management positions in hospitality settings such as inns, restaurants, and bars.

As a community college, CCC runs on open enrollment, generally admitting all students with high school diplomas or GEDs. CCC also provides a significant tuition discount to students who reside in the Tar Heel State. Nevertheless, out-of-state rates at CCC are far cheaper than out-of-state rates at almost every four-year university.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Applied Science Degree in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $76/credit in-state; $268/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 66 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (252) 638-4550
Email: meadowsr@cravencc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 16%

Operating several campuses throughout the eponymous Wake County, North Carolina, Wake Technical Community College currently holds the title of largest community college in the Tar Heel State. Wake Tech enrolled over 21,000 students at its 10 physical campuses and online as of 2016, 36% of whom took courses full time. Wake Tech also provides multiple flexible distance learning programs -- including an online associate degree in hospitality management -- that allow students to continue to work full time while earning their degrees.

Wake Tech's hospitality program requires students to complete a 68-credit curriculum before graduating. That process typically requires two years of full-time study, although many students in the program choose to enroll part time and take longer to earn their degrees. The program uses a hybrid delivery method, combining asynchronous online coursework with on-campus course requirements at the college's Southern Wake and Scott Northern Wake campuses.

Noteworthy courses in the curriculum include food and beverage service (which features a lab component), marketing for hospitality, leadership in hospitality, and quality management in hospitality. Students also take courses with practical applications in the industry such as Spanish for the workplace.

Running on open enrollment, Wake Tech admits all students who hold either a GED or a high school diploma. Though Wake Tech offers significant tuition discounts to North Carolina residents, the college also offers financial aid opportunities to all students in the program no matter where they live.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $76/credit in-state; $268/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 68 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (919) 866-5000
Email: jlmckinney@waketech.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Albany Technical College

Albany, GA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 37%

Based out of Albany, Georgia, Albany Technical College opened its doors in the 1960s to provide career-focused programs to its surrounding population. Albany Tech maintains that goal to this day, offering technical and vocational programs across multiple disciplines.

To further expand its mission, Albany Tech has begun to offer several of its programs through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management. The hospitality program at Albany Tech requires students to complete a 60-credit curriculum before graduating. Most students in the program earn their degrees in the standard two years of full-time study. Particularly relevant courses in the curriculum include hospitality marketing, hospitality law, the travel industry and travel geography, plus food and beverage management.

All students in the program choose from either hotel management specialist or event coordinator concentrations. The program strives for flexibility, delivering all of its coursework asynchronously and never requiring students to visit campus for any reason. However, all students complete in-person internships at placement sites in their own communities.

As a community college, Albany Tech runs on open enrollment and does not list any admission requirements beyond a high school diploma or GED. In-state students at Albany Tech currently pay half of the per-semester tuition charged to out-of-state students.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management
Available Concentrations: Hotel management specialist; event coordinator
Tuition: $1,335/semester in-state; $2,670/semester out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (229) 430-3571
Email: mehall@albanytech.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Conway, SC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 29%

Founded in 1966 in the city of Conway, South Carolina, Horry-Georgetown Technical College provides career and vocational education to the local population. HGTC currently operates three separate physical campuses and is a member of the South Carolina Technical College System. HGTC also offers several of its stronger programs through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality program at HGTC blends a general business curriculum with hospitality-specific coursework. To that end, the 63-credit curriculum includes courses in accounting, business law, and management alongside courses such as hotel management, event management, food service management, the hospitality industry, and travel and tourism. Most students finish the curriculum and earn their degrees in two years of full-time study.

Since many students in the program continue to work full time, HGTC delivers all of the program's coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit campus. Staying true to its community and vocational college roots, HGTC runs on open enrollment, accepting students 18 years or older with high school diplomas or GEDs. Proud of its service to the citizens of the Palmetto State, HGTC provides a significant discount to in-county and in-state students compared with out-of-state students.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration
Available Concentrations: Hospitality
Tuition: $166/credit in-county; $338/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 63 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (843) 347-3186
Email: admissions@hgtc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Casper College

Casper, WY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 35%

Based in Casper, the second-largest city in Wyoming, Casper College originally opened its doors in the 1940s as the first junior college in the Cowboy State. Over the years, Casper expanded and is now one of the largest community colleges in the region. Casper offers approximately 80 different programs, enrolls a little over 4,000 students, and often earns a spot among the nation's top community colleges.

In recent years, Casper has expanded its distance learning offerings. As a result, the college now offers an online associate degree in hospitality management. Typically requiring two years of full-time study to complete, Casper's hospitality curriculum consists of 60 credits. Noteworthy courses in the curriculum include recreation and tourism planning and development, planning and control for food and beverage operations, and convention sales and management.

The curriculum also includes foundational business courses in areas such as information management, business law, and accounting. As many students gain hospitality industry experience by working while earning their degrees, Casper aims for flexibility by delivering coursework asynchronously and eliminating all in-person requirements.

Running on open enrollment, Casper accepts all students who hold high school diplomas or GEDs. Proud of its service to Wyoming, Casper provides a significant tuition discount to Wyoming-based students who enroll in the program.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Tuition: $128/credit in-state; $316/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (307) 268-2600
Email: ggarner@casper.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Genesee Community College

Lima, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 29%

Operating its central campus out of Batavia, New York, Genesee Community College also operates six satellite campuses throughout Western New York. Primarily a commuter school, GCC enrolls over 5,000 students at all of its campuses and online. GCC has also greatly expanded its distance learning programs in recent years and now offers an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality program at GCC uses a hybrid delivery method, allowing students to complete more than 75% of the program's 64-credit curriculum online. GCC delivers the online portion of the program asynchronously, allowing students maximum flexibility in choosing when to complete their assignments. Enrollees can complete the remaining 25% of their coursework through in-person courses at GCC's physical campuses. Most students manage to earn their degrees within the standard two years of full-time study.

The hospitality program at GCC requires students to choose from tourism management or hospitality management tracks. Notable courses in the program's curriculum include tourism geography, accounting, hotel operations, principles of event management, and food and beverage management. The curriculum does not include an internship or a capstone requirement.

As a community college, GCC runs on open enrollment, accepting all students with high school diplomas or GEDs. Proud of its service to the local population, GCC provides a tuition discount to in-state learners; however, out-of-state online students only pay a little more per semester than their in-state counterparts.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Available Concentrations: Tourism management; hospitality management
Tuition: $2,075/semester in-state; $2,375/semester out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 64 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (585) 343-0055 ext. 6332
Email: alslusser@genesee.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Cincinnati, OH Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 15%

Based in the Clifton area of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College opened its doors in the late 1960s as a technical school. At first, the college originally earned local and regional acclaim for technical programs in trade fields such as aviation maintenance technologies. Nevertheless, Cincinnati State expanded over the years and now offers programs across multiple disciplines.

In modern times, Cincinnati State offers several of its programs through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management. The hospitality program at Cincinnati State requires students to complete a 61-credit curriculum before graduating with their associate degrees. Most students finish the program in the customary two years of full-time study. Notable courses in the curriculum include food and beverage division management; event, meeting, and convention management; and business law.

Cincinnati State delivers all of the program's coursework asynchronously and eliminates all of the program's in-person requirements except for one: each student must take a proctored exam to pass the program's food service sanitation course. Running on open enrollment, Cincinnati State accepts all students 18 years of age or older who hold high school diplomas or GEDs. Proud of its service to the region, Cincinnati State allows in-state online students to pay a discounted tuition rate compared with out-of-state online students.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $159/credit in-state; $317/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 61 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (513) 569-1500
Email: ask@cincinnatistate.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester, MA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 19%

Based out of Worcester, Massachusetts, Quinsigamond Community College enrolls approximately 13,000 students. QCC functions primarily as a commuter school, with most of its enrollees hailing from the surrounding region. Nevertheless, QCC has expanded the geographic diversity of its student body in recent years by offering several of its programs through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality program at QCC requires each student to complete a 62- to 67-credit curriculum before graduating, which typically requires two years of full-time study. Particularly noteworthy courses in the curriculum include hospitality law and ethics, introduction to hotel/restaurant management, bar and beverage management, and management in the hospitality industry. All students can also complete cooperative education experiences in the field that involve supervised off-campus employment at relevant businesses.

QCC's hospitality program uses a hybrid delivery method that allows students to complete over half of the curriculum through asynchronous online coursework. Enrollees complete the remainder of the curriculum through on-campus coursework in Worcester. As a community college, QCC runs on open enrollment and accepts all students 18 or older who hold GEDs or high school diplomas. In-state students pay approximately half of the per-credit tuition that QCC charges out-of-state distance learners.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Hospitality and Recreation Management - Hospitality Management Option
Tuition: $202/credit in-state; $408/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 62-67 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (508) 854-4262
Email: admissions@qcc.mass.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Saint Louis Community College

St. Louis, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 12%

Based in the eponymous St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Community College maintains a wide service area, operating branch campuses in Kirkwood, Ferguson, and Wildwood. STLCC currently offers many associate and certificate programs, including certificates of proficiency (one year) and certificates of specialization (six months). The college counts professional baseball player David Freese and actor John Goodman among its distinguished alumni.

In recent years, STLCC began to make several of its programs available through distance learning. As a result, the school now offers an online hospitality associate degree. The hospitality program at STLCC requires students to complete a 65-credit curriculum before graduating. Most full-time students complete the program in two years, although many students choose to enroll part time and maintain their current jobs. STLCC caters to these part-time, working professional students by delivering most of the program's coursework online and asynchronously, although students do need to complete certain on-campus requirements.

The program's curriculum blends foundational business courses with more field-specific hospitality management coursework. As such, students take courses in accounting before delving into topics such as bar and beverage management, hotel operation, supervision and leadership in the hospitality industry, culinary essentials, and safety and sanitation. Students in the program can also complete a foodservice management lab on campus at STLCC.

As a community college, STLCC runs on open enrollment, accepting all students with a high school diploma or GED. In-district students in the program receive a tuition discount, although per-credit rates remain affordable for out-of-state learners.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $114/credit in-district; $220/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 65 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (314) 644-9764
Email: jivory@stlcc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Chemeketa Community College

Salem, OR Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 15%

Located just outside of Salem in the community of Hayesville, Oregon, Chemeketa Community College also maintains campuses and education centers in Dallas, Woodburn, McMinnville, and Brooks. Chemeketa also operates the Northwest Wine Studies Center out of the community of Eola. The earliest form of the college opened its doors in the 1950s as a vocational school, offering programs in nursing and electronics. Chemeketa evolved over the years and now offers programs in many disciplines.

Chemeketa provides several of its programs through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management. Chemeketa's hospitality program includes an accelerated track that allows students to earn their degrees within 10 months of full-time study if they transfer in credits. Many students continue to work full time while earning their degree and choose to enroll in the program part time. Chemeketa caters to those students by delivering coursework asynchronously and eliminating all on-campus requirements.

The hospitality program's curriculum consists of 92 credits. Relevant courses include meetings and conventions, catering and banquets, lodging operations, foods and beverages: gastronomy, and special event planning. The curriculum does not include any capstone, thesis, or internship requirements.

Chemeketa offers open enrollment and accepts all students with a high school diploma or GED. Unlike many similar programs, Chemeketa's hospitality program charges all online students the same tuition, no matter where they live.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Tuition: $165/credit
Credit Requirements: 92 credits
Program Length: 10 months-2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Madison Area Technical College

Madison, WI Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 21%

Located in the eponymous city of Madison, Wisconsin, Madison Area Technical College primarily focuses on providing career-focused programs to students within its 12-county service area. Thanks to the large population that it draws from, MATC enrolls approximately 33,000 total students. The school maintains a rich history of education for working professionals, opening its doors in 1912 to offer vocational and citizenship courses. MATC added artisan and craft programs in response to the Great Depression and has continued to expand its offerings ever since.

MATC now makes several of its programs available through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management. The hospitality program at MATC requires students to complete a 62-credit curriculum, which usually requires the customary two years of full-time study. Noteworthy and relevant courses in the curriculum include hospitality leadership, event professional best practices, rooms division operation, and an internship at a placement site in each student's community.

The curriculum also covers foundational business areas such as accounting, human resources, and marketing. MATC strives for flexibility and delivers all of its online coursework asynchronously, never requiring students in the program to visit campus for any reason.

MATC is an open enrollment community college and accepts all students with a high school diploma or a GED. Though MATC provides a discount to in-state students, out-of-state online learners still pay lower tuition than they would at most four-year schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $134/credit in-state; $201/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
Email: BusinessandAppliedArts@madisoncollege.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College

North Little Rock, AR Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 18%

Primarily serving Little Rock and Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College has offered technical and vocational programs under various names since the 1940s. In modern times, UA-PTC has expanded to a wider population of students by making several of its programs available through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality program at UA-PTC requires students to complete the standard 60 credits to earn their associate degree. As in most cases, a full-time student can earn a degree within two years. Particularly noteworthy and relevant courses in the curriculum include the restaurant industry, dining room operations, professional beverages and mixology, food production for hospitality, and food and beverage management. UA-PTC delivers all of its online coursework asynchronously.

While the program includes coursework in tourism, its main focus is on preparing graduates for restaurant and food and beverage-related careers. To that end, in addition to their coursework, all students also complete a practicum at a hospitality-related organization in the field. Other than the practicum, which students can complete in their own communities, the curriculum does not include any in-person or on-campus requirements.

As an open enrollment community college, UA-PTC accepts all students with a high school diploma or GED. All Arkansas residents receive a slight per-credit tuition discount compared with out-of-state students.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $133/credit in-state; $173/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (501) 812-2860
Email: admissions@uaptc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 18%

Based in the eponymous city of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Fayetteville Technical Community College enrolls approximately 41,000 students in its nearly 200 different degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Located near Fort Bragg, FTCC has focused on providing an education to military students since the college's inception in 1961. In recent years, FTCC has expanded the geographic diversity of its student body by beginning to offer several of its programs through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality program at FTCC requires students to complete a 66-credit curriculum before graduating with their associate degrees. Most full-time students complete the program in five semesters. Nevertheless, given the program's high concentration of military and working professional students, many students opt to enroll part time and take longer to finish their degrees. FTCC caters to these students, delivering all of the program's curriculum asynchronously and never requiring students to visit campus.

The curriculum covers foundational areas of hospitality management such as lodging operations, leadership, food and beverage management, sanitation, and restaurant operations. Graduates often find work as lodging or food service managers.

FTCC runs on open enrollment, allowing all students with a high school diploma or GED to enroll in the program. Proud of its service to the Tar Heel State, FTCC provides a significant per-credit tuition discount to in-state students who enroll in the program.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $132/credit in-state; $324/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 66 credits
Program Length: 5 semesters

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (910) 678-8507
Email: goldk@faytechcc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Atlantic Cape Community College

Mays Landing, NJ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 18%

Taking its name from its location in New Jersey's Atlantic County and Cape May County, Atlantic Cape Community College originally opened its doors as the result of local efforts in the 1960s. At the time, Atlantic Cape was one of only two community colleges throughout the Garden State. In modern times, Atlantic Cape continues to stay true to its original mission: quality education for working professionals in the area. Nevertheless, Atlantic Cape has also expanded the geographic diversity of its student body through distance learning. The school now offers several programs online, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

Atlantic Cape's hospitality program requires students to complete the customary 60 credits to earn an associate degree. Most full-time students graduate within two years, although many opt to enroll part time instead. To better meet the needs of working professionals, Atlantic Cape delivers all of the program's coursework asynchronously and does not include any on-campus requirements.

Relevant, career-focused courses in the curriculum include hotel operations, restaurant operations, food service sanitation, hospitality sales and marketing, and catering and events planning. Each student also completes an internship at a hospitality organization in their own community, plus a seminar as a capstone course.

Atlantic Cape runs on open enrollment and accepts all students who hold a high school diploma or a GED. In-county residents receive a tuition discount compared with out-of-state distance learners.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $143/credit in-county; $243/credit out-of-county
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (609) 343-4950
Email: kgiulian@atlantic.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 41%

Operating out of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Western Technical College holds membership in the expansive and acclaimed Wisconsin Technical College System. Originally opening its doors in 1912, Western now enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom hail from the college's 11-county service area. Nevertheless, the school has also expanded the diversity of its student body by offering several of its 65 programs available through distance learning, including an online associate degree in hospitality management.

The hospitality management program at Western requires students to complete 60 credits before earning their associate degree. Most full-time students complete the program in two years, with part-time students taking up to four or five years depending on their professional or familial obligations. Striving to meet the needs of all of its students, the hospitality program delivers all coursework asynchronously and never requires students to visit campus in La Crosse.

Notable courses in the 60-credit curriculum include principles of hospitality management, customer service management, sanitation, supervision, team building, and hospitality cost control. The curriculum does not include any internship, practicum, thesis, or capstone requirements.

As Western runs on open enrollment, all applicants with a high school diploma or GED can earn admission to the college's hospitality program. Proud of its service to Wisconsin, Western provides in-state students with a per-credit tuition discount. Nevertheless, the gap between in-state and out-of-state tuition remains smaller at Western than at some peer institutions.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $134/credit in-state; $201/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (608) 785-9200
Email: EnrollServices@westerntc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Macomb Community College

Warren, MI Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 11%

Located in the eponymous Macomb County, Michigan, Macomb Community College has focused primarily on educating the surrounding population since it opened its doors in 1954. Since Macomb County maintains a reputation for excellent workforce development and being a bellwether of politics and public opinion, every single president since Ronald Reagan has visited MCC's campus. Presidents often lay out their education policy during this customary stop.

In recent years, MCC has greatly expanded its distance learning presence. As a result, MCC now offers an online associate degree in hospitality management. The hospitality program requires each student to complete a 63-credit curriculum. Full-time students typically finish the program in two years. Unlike many of its peers, the hospitality program at MCC uses a hybrid delivery method, requiring students to earn their degrees through a combination of on-campus and asynchronous online coursework.

Notable courses in the program's 63-credit curriculum include event planning, purchasing, hospitality marketing, lodging management, small business marketing, and sports and entertainment marketing. All students also complete either a part-time or full-time internship at a hospitality organization in their own local communities.

As a community college, MCC admits all students who hold a high school diploma or a GED or are older than 18 years of age. MCC provides a significant tuition discount to in-county students compared with out-of-state students, distance learners or otherwise.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Business Administration in Hospitality Management
Tuition: $165/credit in-county; $302/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 63 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (586) 445-7999
Email: answer@macomb.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 5%

Operating campuses throughout the area in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, Delgado Community College holds membership in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Originally opening as a trade school in the 1920s, Delgado stays true to its mission of providing quality, career-focused education to the surrounding population. The college has also expanded in scope and scale over the years. A part of that evolution included distance learning. As a result, Delgado now offers an online associate degree in hospitality management program.

The hospitality management program at Delgado requires students to choose one of six concentrations: restaurant management, hotel and lodging management, tourism management, beverage management, meeting and event management, or catering management. No matter their chosen concentration, students must complete a 62-63-credit curriculum before graduating. Most students earn their degree in two years of full-time study.

All students in all concentrations complete the same group of core courses. Notable courses include hospitality law, hospitality marketing, introduction to travel and tourism, and hospitality revenue management. Each student also completes a hospitality practicum experience at an organization in their own local community. Aiming for accessibility for all students, Delgado delivers all of the program's coursework online and never requires students to visit campus in New Orleans for any reason.

Delgado runs on open enrollment and admits all students with a high school diploma or a GED. Louisiana residents receive a significant per-credit tuition discount.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management
Available Concentrations: Restaurant management; hotel and lodging management; tourism management; beverage management; meeting and event management; catering management
Tuition: $170/credit in-state; $349/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 62-63 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (504) 671-5000
Email: enroll@dcc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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NHTI, Concord's Community College

Concord, NH Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 20%

Operating out of the eponymous city of Concord, New Hampshire, NHTI - Concord's Community College boasts an average class size of just 24 students. Originally opening its doors in the 1960s as a technical institute, NHTI added more general education programs over the years, leading the college to change its name.

Although NHTI offers dormitories and a residential experience, students never need to visit campus to earn their degrees, as the college offers many of its programs through distance learning. One such option, an online associate degree in hospitality management, requires students to complete 61-62 credits before graduating. Most full-time students complete the program in two years. Nevertheless, many opt to enroll part time and keep their jobs. For these students, NHTI delivers coursework asynchronously and eliminates on-campus and in-person requirements.

Notable courses in the 61-62-credit curriculum include hospitality sales and marketing, event meeting and conference planning, legal issues for the hospitality industry, and quality service management. Each student can also complete a senior travel seminar during the program's final semester or opt to complete an internship experience at a hospitality institution in their community, although this is not a requirement.

NHTI runs on open enrollment, admitting all students with high school diplomas or GEDs. New Hampshire residents receive a significant tuition discount compared with out-of-state distance learners.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Tuition: $215/credit in-state; $490/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 61-62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (603) 271-6484 ext. 4100
Email: bfranciscovich@ccsnh.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

What Else Can I Expect from an Online Associate in Hospitality Management Program?

Time to Complete Two years
Credit Hours 32-46 credits
Program Costs $3,722 - $11,184 per year
Core Courses Principles of Management, Food and Beverage Management, Intro to Marketing, Public Speaking, Intro to Hotel Management Industry
Concentrations Food and Beverage Management, Event Management, Lodging Management
Accreditation Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

What Can I Do With an Associate in Hospitality Management Degree?

CAREER PATHS

If you enjoy working directly with customers while also managing other employees, ensuring that customers of your business are taken care of, and are willing to work flexible hours, then hospitality management jobs will be a good fit. Hospitality management careers range from event planning to managing, or even working as a tour guide.

Lodging Manager: Lodging managers take responsibility for the quality of their guests' vacation experiences at hotels, motels, and other lodging businesses. In addition to attending to guests, lodging managers must also lead employees and ensure the business stays profitable. Lodging managers must be willing to work flexible hours and constantly be on call, as their hotels will likely be open 24 hours.

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners: Meeting, convention, and event planners are responsible for all aspects of events and professional meetings. They must take charge of meeting space, transportation, logistics, locations, and even food. A number of their work hours will take place during the meetings themselves, and the job requires a lot of travel, as planners must scout potential meeting locations beforehand.

Food Service Managers: Food service managers are in charge of all aspects of running a place that serves food. They manage employees to make sure that patrons have a satisfactory dining experience, and they also run the business side of the operation to make sure that their restaurant is profitable. Food service managers must be willing to work flexible hours, including nights, holidays, and weekends.

Position Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Rate
Lodging manager $49,720 8%
Meetings, convention, and event planner $46,840 10%
Food service manager $48,690 5%

EDUCATIONAL PATHS

The appeal of pursuing an online associate degree in hospitality management is that there are many jobs available and graduates quickly gain experience. Higher levels of hospitality management are available, and many companies who employ students that have associate degrees in hospitality management will foot the bill for their employee's continuing education.

Cornell University — BS in Hotel Administration: Cornell's School of Hotel Administration was the first of its kind in the country, offering the first-ever undergraduate hospitality management program. The school's on-campus hotel, Statler Hotel, allows students to gain hands-on experience before graduating.

Michigan State University — BA in Hospitality Business: Michigan State University's hospitality management program offers a number of features, including an 80-employer job fair, study abroad opportunities, and hands-on practice at Les Gourmets and Vegas Night. Bachelor's students also gain access to a worldwide network of internships.

University of Nevada at Las Vegas — BA in Hospitality Management: Bachelor's students in hospitality management at UNLV have hands-on access to Las Vegas, a hotel and tourist Mecca that constitutes one of the hospitality hubs in the world. Students in the program must complete 1,000 work hours in the industry to earn their degrees, and UNLV offers realistic work settings (restaurant, kitchen, and gaming “laboratories”) for practice.

Employment Outlook for Associate in Hospitality Management Graduates

ASSOCIATE IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT SALARY

Location is important here, as places that see more tourists tend to pay higher salaries to hospitality management majors. The next table shows which states are the highest-paying for hospitality industry workers.

Top Paying States for Hospitality Management Average Annual Salary
Florida $63,860
California $62,720
Pennsylvania $53,120
Texas $52,800
Illinois $48,470

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Professional organizations can be of great service to new hospitality management graduates. Local organizations, like Greater Nashville Hospitality Association, provide access to networking events and resources that are great for professionals who want to work in that area. Below are a few examples of large, nationwide associations.

American Hotel and Lodging Association: The AHLA provides resources, support, and advocates for hospitality professionals and the hospitality industry.

National Restaurant Association: Focusing specifically on restaurants, this organization partners with over 500,000 restaurant businesses and advocates for their interests ( financial and regulatory).

National Tour Association: The NTA provides member organizations with resources, research, and market data so that they can take advantage of a number of business opportunities.

Financing Your Online Associate in Hospitality Management Program

Students earning an online associate degree in hospitality management should fill out a FAFSA form. There are also a number of industry-specific scholarships available, usually related specifically to tourism, hotels, or food and beverage. All prospective hospitality management students already working in the field should ask their employer to pay for their education, as many organizations need good managers and will chip in for their employee's educations.

AN OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL AID

Approximately two-thirds of today's college students rely on loans to fund their education, but there are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce your overall student debt.

UNDERSTANDING THE FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial first step for any student with financial needs. Our FAFSA guide features a step-by-step rundown on the process and answers to several frequently asked questions.

FINANCIAL AID FOR ONLINE COLLEGE STUDENTS

Financial aid for online learning is equivalent to what you'll find for campus-based learning, but that hasn't always been the case. Learn about the changes that have taken place, as well as the different funding opportunities available to online students.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN

Online programs can provide an affordable and flexible option for women trying to balance the demands of work, family, and earning their degree. We've curated a list of valuable scholarships specifically for women.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Online college programs can be a flexible, affordable option for single parents who are interested in earning a degree and securing their family's financial future. We've compiled a list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options geared toward single moms and dads.

FINANCIAL AID FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

Millions of dollars in free money is available to U.S. military personnel, but much of it goes unused. Learn more about grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities available to veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists.

Rankings Archive

Best Online Associate in Hospitality Management Programs for 2018
Ranking School Location
1 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
2 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
3 Middlesex Community College Bedford and Lowell, MA
4 Endicott College Beverly, MA
5 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
6 Genesee Community College Lima, NY
7 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
8 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
9 Casper College Casper, WY
10 NHTI-Concord's Community College Concord, NH
11 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
12 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
13 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
14 North Central Michigan College Petoskey, MI
15 Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing, NJ
16 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
17 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
18 Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
19 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
20 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley, MA
21 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA
22 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
23 Schenectady County Community College Schenectady, NY
24 Saint Louis Community College St. Louis, MO
25 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
Best Online Associate in Hospitality Management Programs for 2017
Rank School Location
1 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
2 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
3 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
4 Casper College Casper, WY
5 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH