Restaurant Management Degree Program Facts

Get information on undergraduate and graduate degrees in restaurant management. See what courses you'll need, find out about online education options, and see job growth and salary projections for this field. Schools offering Hotel & Restaurant Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is a Restaurant Management Degree Program?

Students who enroll in a restaurant management degree program can learn the proper business management skills needed to manage a restaurant's daily operations. This type of degree program places special emphasis on kitchen preparation, culinary presentation, business operations and customer service skills. Associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs are all offered in the major of hotel and restaurant management or hospitality management. Certificate programs in specific areas such as food service management are available as well.

Associate's and bachelor's degree programs in restaurant management can help prepare for entry- to mid-level positions in this industry. Master's degree programs include research and thesis projects that can help prepare students for high-level managerial work. Certificate programs for this field generally offer students a short semester of specialized coursework that they can couple with a degree program from a relevant field, such as management or business.

Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's, master's
Common Courses Food production management, food and beverage control, purchasing, hospitality industry law, cost control
Learning Environments Traditional classroom and online degree options are available
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 5%* growth (for all food service managers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

The general coursework within these programs can be found in the areas of business management, culinary arts, law and much more. Common courses in these programs include restaurant management, food and beverage control, hospitality industry law and advanced food production management. Other courses might include topics such as sanitation and safety as well as sustainable purchasing and controlling costs.

Can I Find These Programs Online?

There are several types of online programs available in restaurant management, including bachelor's degree programs in hospitality and restaurant management. This program educates students on the proper ways of opening and operating a restaurant of their own. Some of the coursework deals with topics such as sanitation and safety, food and operations management and event management. Students can also find associate's and certificate programs available online. These programs are generally available entirely online and may include an internship opportunity.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Upon completion of this type of program, graduates can seek work at locations such as hotel resorts and restaurants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the average hourly wage of a food service manager was $25.79, as of May 2015 (www.bls.gov). The yearly salaries of food serving supervisors vary greatly by location and the type of employer. The BLS noted that the most pay results from positions found at major scale restaurants and lodging areas. The BLS also noted that the job outlook for food service managers is expected to rise by five percent from 2014 to 2024.

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