B.S. Hotel, Restaurant & 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 (B.S.) in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management (HRTM) is designed to help you launch your successful career in executive hospitality management.

Our Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program has more than 100 partnerships with notable national and international hospitality businesses—a network of hospitality professionals and alumni ready to hire HRTM graduates—ready to help ensure you experience the internships and co-ops that will distinguish your career.

Alum Pete Hayda ('79) is Managing Director of Sales & Marketing of Aspen Skiing Company, which operates The Little Nell in Aspen, CO. / Shawn O’Connor; Courtesy of The Little Nell

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.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.



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 & Tourism Management
B.S. Real Estate Property Management

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Scholarship Support

HRTM Alumni Scholarship for New Students
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


HRTM Alumni Scholarship for New Students Eligibility

The HRTM Alumni Scholarship for New Students is a $1,000 one-year, non-renewable scholarship.  Thirty scholarship awards are available for new entering students pursuing a major in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. No additional scholarship application is required, you will be automatically eligible if you meet these criteria:

  • Incoming first-year OR Transfer student, transferring from an accredited college
  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student for fall semester in the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from the most recent school attended
  • Both on-campus and online/customized instruction students are eligible

Additional HRTM Scholarships

There are numerous scholarships available for students majoring in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. Eligibility requirements vary, but awards are available regardless of financial need. For consideration, you must submit a Stout University Foundation Scholarship application - with a single application, you'll be considered for every Foundation scholarship for which you qualify.

Application and Transfer Information


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


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.


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.
Program Advisory Committee

Industry Committee Members

AiAsakuraInternational Sales ExecutiveHilton
JamesCondonGuest Service ManagerInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
RanaConnorsFront Desk & Guest Services ManagerLodge Kohler
DavidCrabtreeCEOJimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurants
Pete FosterPresident                                                 Wismin Hospitality / Eastside Hospitality 
HaleyGalesRegional Director of People & CultureGraduate Hotels
SteveGreenPrincipal Sales Specialist – Emerging InnovationsIDeas/SAS Softwate MSP
Pete HaydaManaging Director, Sales and MarketingLittle Nell Hotel Group
LeeKerfootVice President HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Bryan McBroomFood & Beverage ManagerDelaware North Sportservice
Terri MertzRegional Director/AMER Revenue ManagementIHG - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors
Garth Peterson Managing DirectorIDeas/SAS Software MSP
DougRohdePresident                                                 LHR Hotel Managment
Randy RuderGeneral Manager and Chairman of  CMAA  Beachpoint Club
Amy ShahinDirector of Sales & Marketing JW Marriott Mall of America 
PaulSheehanDirector Industrial Sales|Burke|Foodservice;  UW-Stout GraduateHormel Foods
Scott StuckeyGeneral ManagerOmni Hotels Louisville, KY
DavidWeberVice President Foodservice Sales; UW-Stout GraduateHormel Foods
MichaelWilsonDirector of Conventions & Meeting PlanningAmerican Veterinary Medical Association
SamanthaZiwickiCorporate RelationsMinnesota Vikings

Faculty Committee Members

Carole Jean BaierHRTM Program AssociateUW-Stout
JayJonesAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout 
EricBreyProfessor/Department ChairUW-Stout 
KristalGerdesAssociate Professor/Dept ChairUW-Stout 
BetsyPudlinerAssociate ProfessorUW-Stout
GindyNeidermyerInterim CSTEMM Dean UW-Stout
JohnSobotaLecturer/HRTM Program DirectorUW-Stout

Student Committee Members

BaileyJacqueHRTM Student  UW-Stout Student
Grace RuckerHRTM StudentUW-Stout Student
GeorgeGrayHRTM Student  UW-Stout Student
ClaireHennemanHRTM StudentUW-Stout Student
SamanthaMicoleyHRTM StudentUW-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)

Double Your Degree. Expand Your Career Potential.

UW-Stout's executive hospitality management degrees naturally complement each other and UW-Stout's business degrees, so we've made it easy for students to expand their career opportunities and earning potential with a double major! Most students can earn their second degree in any of the programs below with as few as 12 additional credits.


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