Wilkes University

Hospitality Leadership

Hospitality Leadership

Open doors with the hospitality leadership program at Wilkes University.

If you have an interest in business and customer service, combined with interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills, a B.S. in hospitality leadership may be the key to your future success.

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Hospitality leadership at Wilkes offers you a distinct advantage. Our program combines the skills required by the hospitality industry with a core business education to meet the market demand for management-level hospitality professionals.

With a mix of business and hospitality expertise, your degree in hospitality leadership will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of settings, including hotels, casinos, restaurants, convention centers, sports venues, airlines, cruise ships and more.

The hospitality leadership program is housed in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. A recent $3 million renovation transformed the 80,000-square-foot space into a state-of-the-art business school. A financial market trading room simulates a New York Stock Exchange trading floor, complete with an electronic stock ticker. Seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students and student club space allow plenty of room for collaboration and projects.

As a hospitality leadership student, your Wilkes education extends well beyond the classroom. You’ll hear guest speakers and tour businesses, providing you with insight from and access to industry professionals.

You’ll complete two internships as part of the curriculum, giving you advanced, hands-on experience before you enter the job market.

To help demonstrate your managerial skill to prospective employers, you’ll pursue industry-recognized certification:

  • Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) certification is designed to help food and beverage professionals prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.
  • Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) recognizes the knowledge of metrics, formulas and methods used by the hotel industry.

As a student in the Sidhu School, you’ll take part in our unique Personal and Professional Development Program. This sequence of four 1-credit courses will help you discover your strengths and skills through career planning, extracurricular activities and leadership development. You’ll begin to build a professional network and a leadership portfolio that will serve you during your Wilkes education and beyond.

Hospitality and tourism is a worldwide industry, supporting 292 million jobs. The World Travel and Tourism Council expects the industry to grow to over 380 million jobs by 2027.

With a bachelor of science degree in hospitality leadership from Wilkes, you’ll open doors to a variety of career options, including:

  • Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Casino Management
  • Regional Restaurant Management
  • Meeting, Event, Convention and Travel Planning
  • Food and Beverage Management