JR Shaw School of Business

Hospitality Management

Sep 08, 2020
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D+ in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Hospitality Management (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Hospitality Management (pdf)
  3. PLAR Request Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Better service for better business

Do you love dynamic and fast-paced environments? A career in hospitality is flexible and creative and will allow you to meet new people every day.

Through labs and lectures, the NAIT Hospitality Management program will prepare you to hit the ground running with broad business knowledge and career-ready skills focused on the accommodations, food and beverage, event management, and tourism industries. We’ll also help you develop your supervisory skills and progress towards more complex management roles.


Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Hospitality Management program is a 2-year program that will help you foster skills and abilities required to work in the hospitality industry.

We’ll focus on service skills for food and beverage, catering and front-desk operations, in addition to foundational business courses. In your second year, we’ll examine marketing, financial management, supervisory skills and advanced courses in hotel, restaurant, and catering operations. Your prerequisite for entering the second year is a proven 400-hours of hospitality work experience.

Hands-on learning

We immerse students in a combination of classroom teaching, industry-relevant case work, industry visits  and networking. You will develop an understanding of modern hospitality dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.

Our industry relevant property management system and service in Ernest's dining room will give you hands-on experince in contemporary settings.

Classroom and study hours

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
  • An additional 20-30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, reading, and researching.

The Hospitality Management program provides training and skill development in:

  • Operations management
  • Front-desk supervisory procedures
  • Food and beverage management
  • Banquets and catering service
  • Software and technology
  • Hospitality legislation
  • Tourism marketing
  • Hospitality accounting
  • Business communications
  • Organizational behaviour

Opportunities for further education

As a graduate of the NAIT Hospitality Management program you are also eligible for transfer credit to the following degree programs:

Enter the workforce with confidence

Our Hospitality Management graduates go on to pursue careers in businesses such as hotels, restaurants, catering companies, golf and country clubs, casinos, resorts, convention centres and seniors residences.

You can expect to find employment in a variety of positions,  such as:

  • Food and beverage managers, supervisors, or servers
  • Front-desk managers, supervisors, or agents
  • Banquet and catering managers, coordinators, or supervisors
  • Reservations agents
  • Night auditors
  • Business owners

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General Program Information 

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca 
Phone: 780.471.8998

Have questions? We've got answers

General Program Information 

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca 
Phone: 780.471.8998



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" This program allowed me to master revenue management, sales promotion, menu design, staff management and procurement."

Chris Jeon, Hospitality Management '11

JR Shaw School of Business

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.