About the School

Programs offered by the Penn State School of Hospitality Management help to prepare students for management careers in hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, convention centers, health care and corporate dining facilities, educational institutions, consulting, and other commercial and noncommercial settings.

Interns working with faculty.

Internships and other hands-on experiences allow students to strengthen their skills in real-world settings.

By combining a broad educational foundation with specific courses designed to build strong leadership, business, and communication skills—and by also requiring students to accumulate 1,000 hours of “real-world” experience—students can gain the theoretical, managerial, quantitative, organizational, and technical skills they will need to become the next generation of leaders in the hospitality industry. Relationships with faculty (many who have extensive experience with and conduct research for the industry) and alumni (including many who are the top executives in their chosen profession) only serve to bolster this learning experience.

The School of Hospitality Management is among the oldest and most respected programs in the nation. It is also one of only a handful of schools in the world to offer advanced degrees in the hospitality field. It should come as no surprise, then, that more than 100 firms visit Penn State each year to recruit students enrolled in programs offered by the School of Hospitality Management—or that the employment rate for our graduates is nearly 100 percent.

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