JR Shaw School of Business

Hospitality Management

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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.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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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 experience 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:

Chris Jeon

" 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

The JR Shaw School of Business harnesses the power of a polytechnic providing relevant, multi-disciplinary business education integrated with industry partnerships and applied learning.

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
Hospitality Management

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Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
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  • Program details
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  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
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Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

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, 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)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Admission Requirements

Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions. If you are a current or recently admitted student you can find program and course information as well as contact details for your program on the My Program page on the MyNAIT Portal.

General inquiries

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Program-specific questions

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780.471.7664 or legal@nait.ca.

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