B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Our industry partnerships offer our hospitality online students a network of professionals and alumni looking to hire HRTM graduates.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Delivery Online

UW-Stout's online Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) delivers real-world experiences to build the knowledge and skills you need to launch a successful hospitality career. The program is ideal if you're committed to living or working away from campus. 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 society.

Enhanced Online Learning

  • Courses delivered 100% online by full-time faculty
  • Consistent Fall, Spring, and Summer program course offerings
  • Support from Adult Student Services Coordinators and Online Faculty Advisor

You will learn the critical thinking, communication and professional skills necessary to lead a hospitality management team, evaluate operations and propose solutions. UW-Stout's School of Hospitality Leadership has more than 100 agreements with national and international hospitality businesses to provide you with internships and co-op experiences – a network of hospitality professionals and alumni looking to hire our graduates.

“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, HRTM Online Student

Our School of Hospitality Leadership programs (HRTM, Golf Enterprise Management, and Real Estate Property Management) include the same core courses to provide you with a flexible hospitality background to pursue a specialized field of study. Our HRTM curriculum was recently updated in response to industry and alumni feedback to include more emphasis on 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.

Value for Your Money

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's online degree customized instruction (CI) tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

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New HRTM Scholarship

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

Award Criteria

For academic year 2020-21, this scholarship is available to:

  • A fulltime, new, incoming freshman enrolled in 12 credits or more
  • Enrolled into the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program
  • An earned high school or equivalent cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
For academic year 2021-22, this scholarship is available to the students who meet the above criteria, in additional to students who transfer into the program with an associate degree from an accredited college. Both customized instruction and on-campus students will be eligible.

Visit the Stout University Foundation Scholarships page for more information on how to apply for a scholarship. It's easy to apply, one application will automatically qualify you for any foundation scholarship which you meet the criteria for. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications and announces award recipients in the Spring. 



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.

  • 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:

Recruiting Sites:

Other Sites:

HRTM Advisory Board

2022 Advisory Board



International Sales Executive




Guest Service Manager

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)



Front Desk & Guest Services Manager

Lodge Kohler




Wismin Hospitality / Eastside Hospitality 



Regional Director of People & Culture

Graduate Hotels



Principal Sales Specialist – Emerging Innovations

 IDeas/SAS Softwate MSP



Managing Director, Sales and Marketing

Little Nell Hotel Group



Vice President 

HREC - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors



Food & Beverage Manager

Delaware North Sportservice



Regional Director/AMER Revenue Management

IHG - Hospitality Real Estate Counselors



Managing Director

IDeas/SAS Software MSP




LHR Hotel Managment



General Manager and Chairman of  CMAA  

Beachpoint Club



Director of Sales & Marketing 

JW Marriott Mall of America 



Director Industrial Sales|Burke|Foodservice;  UW-Stout Graduate

Hormel Foods



General Manager

Omni Hotels Louisville, KY



Vice President Foodservice Sales; UW-Stout Graduate

Hormel Foods



Director of Conventions & Meeting Planning

American Veterinary Medical Association



Corporate Relations

Minnesota Vikings

School of Hospitality Leadership Representatives


Carole Jean 


HRTM Program Associate




Assistant Professor




Professor/Department Chair




Associate Professor/Dept Chair




Associate Professor




Interim CSTEMM Dean 




Lecturer/HRTM Program Director


Student Representatives




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