B.S. Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Online

Launch your career in executive hospitality management from anywhere in the world with help from renowned experts and professional industry partners.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Delivery Online

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.

UW-Stout's Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism 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—to help ensure you experience the internships and co-ops that will distinguish your career.

The Little Nell, winter exterior. Photo by Aspen Snowmass.
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

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.



Online Program Flexibility

If you're committed to living or working outside of the area, our online B.S. Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program is an ideal option. Our unique distance learning program will prepare you to be a creative and responsible manager ready to adapt to a wide variety of situations in today's rapidly changing industry.

“My Stout online experience has really helped me. It makes it easier for me to work and dedicate time for my classes after work. I am lucky to be able to study at home and in the office. And it worked out that I could complete my co-op at my job. This degree will give me better chances to get a high-level job in a hospitality organization.”          

~ Daniel Jokinen, Online Student

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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 and 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.

All-Inclusive Tuition Model

UW-Stout's Customized Instruction (CI) programs are designed for adult learners and offer an all-inclusive tuition model. All universities present their total costs differently, so if you're comparing UW-Stout's online CI tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • No additional university-based semester or technology fees
  • Same CI tuition rate for for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.

Online Program Value

  • 100% online courses for working professionals
  • Full-time program director and expert faculty
  • Online faculty advisor
  • Adult Student Services adviser
  • Reliable course offerings, sequences and matrices to help you plan ahead
  • Stackable courses/programs (applicable to other programs)


To apply for the on-campus or online B.S. 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.

  • To prepare students for entry-level management positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • To assist students in the development of managerial, financial, computer, and technical skills that are needed to be successful in the hospitality industry.
  • To use strategies for managing diverse multicultural workplaces.
  • To comprehend and articulate written and oral communication through employee and guest relations.
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.
Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

The number and variety of companies recruiting graduates continue to increase. Most corporations or companies place graduates in management positions. The amount of training that a new manager will receive is dependent on the complexity of the organization and on the skills of the individual. Other graduates may elect to pursue sales careers or become entrepreneurs. Your success is based on your ability.

The average starting salary of the 2011-18 graduate was between $37,000 - $52,000 based on training position and job secured. As you advance within a hospitality and tourism company, your salary will increase depending on the level of responsibility. Many of our graduates have become general and executive directors of large corporations and are managing millions of dollars.

Companies where graduates hold leadership positions:

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Program Advisory Committee

Industry Representatives

AiAsakuraInternational Sales ExecutiveHilton
JamesCondonGuest Service ManagerInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
RanaConnorsFront Desk & Guest Services ManagerLodge Kohler
DavidCrabtree Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurants
Pete FosterPresident                                                 Wismin Hospitality / Eastside Hospitality 
HaleyGalesRegional Director of People & CultureGraduate Hotels
SteveGreenPrincipal Sales Specialist – Emerging Innovations IDeas/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

School of Hospitality Leadership Representatives

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 Representatives

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

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You can master the skills of hospitality in financial management, operations and organizational development in our award-winning program.
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