Distance Learning Programs for Spa Managers

Education programs for spa managers teach business skills specific to the spa industry, like spa marketing, retailing and finance. Get information about what online and on-campus program are available, classes offered and career outlook. Schools offering Hotel & Restaurant Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Distance Learning Spa Management Programs Are Available?

Distance learning programs in spa and hospitality management are available at the certificate level, but they are extremely limited. These programs are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to manage the daily operations of a spa. Online certificate programs are typically Web-based with synchronous, instructor-led classes. You will be able to participate with peers through discussion boards and communicate with your instructor through e-mail. Coursework, homework, quizzes and tests will be provided and completed online.

Online AvailabilityCertificates in spa and hospitality management available, but limited
On-Campus AvailabilityPrograms available at certificate as well as associate and bachelor's degree levels
Common CoursesHuman resources, spa services and treatments, retail management, green initiatives in the spa industry
Job Outlook (2014-2024)8% employment growth for lodging managers*
Median Annual Salary (2014)$47,680 for lodging managers*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Are My On-Campus Education Options?

A variety of traditional, on-campus programs are available at the certificate, associate and bachelor's degree levels. On-campus certificate programs typically provide the same types of business courses tailored to the spa industry as online programs. Associate degree program curriculum consists of general education requirements and business courses and may include training in spa treatments, nutrition, skin care, color theory and cosmetics as well.

In a bachelor's degree program, spa management may be found as a concentration within a resort and hospitality management curriculum. These programs typically expand on the certificate and associate degree curricula and require internships and field experience in addition to general education requirements, business courses and core classes, such as facilities design, hospitality management law and resort development.

What Will I Learn?

Spa management curricula typically consist of business and management courses specific to the spa industry. You will learn about all areas of spa management, such as employee relations, customer retention and profitability through courses such as the following:

  • Spa services and treatments
  • Finance
  • Branding and marketing
  • Human resources
  • Green initiatives in the spa industry
  • Retail management
  • Event planning

What Is the Career Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for lodging managers will increase by 8% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). Opportunities may be best for those with a bachelor's degree in hospitality management. The BLS also reported that, as of May 2014, the annual median salary for lodging managers was $47,680.

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