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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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Hospitality and Tourism Management

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina is recognized as one of the best hospitality and tourism management schools in the country. The school offers tourism degrees and hospitality degrees that are led by world-renowned faculty who provide students with industry knowledge, research insights, mentorship and career experience.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management's mission is to educate global leaders for the hospitality and tourism industry through innovative and experiential curriculum, research and community engagement. The University of South Carolina is ranked top 12 in the country and No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference for hospitality and tourism management degree programs.


  • Stamp logo #1 in the SEC for hospitality and tourism management

    The SEC Leader

    Year after year, the University of South Carolina's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management ranks as the top program of its kind among all school in the Southeastern Conference.

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    Specialized Facilities

    McCutchen House restaurant and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Laboratory offer customized experiential learning environments.

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Degree Programs

Four hospitality and tourism management degrees are available at USC, including two undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees:

For students who would like to further specialize, degree focus areas in meeting and event management, food and beverage management, hotel and resort management and tourism management are available. Hospitality management majors may also choose a club management concentration.

Hospitality and tourism impact people’s lives every day. From the restaurants where friends dine, to the places people visit, to the vacations and events that mark life’s milestones — this industry is led by moment makers. A hospitality degree or tourism degree is ideal for students who are passionate about creating memories and experiences for people to enjoy. 

Career Success

Whether you want to live and work in South Carolina or travel the world, a hospitality management or tourism management degree provides a wide variety of career paths.

Below are just a few examples of the rewarding tourism careers and hospitality careers: 
Convention and visitors bureau director, cruise ship manager, director of operations, destination marketer, event / conference planner, event technology specialist, festival promoter, food and beverage director, golf or country club, manager, golf tournament planner, guest experience manager, hotel general manager, human resources manager, marketing and events coordinator, property manager, resort operations specialist, restaurant franchise owner, restaurant manager, revenue manager, sales director, travel analyst, training manager, tourism strategist, wedding planner, wine and beverage operations manager.


Our industries have the power to connect cultures, inspire adventures and strengthen global economies, so student travel opportunities are important. Our faculty lead custom study abroad courses in Italy, Peru, The Galapagos Islands, Aruba, and many more locations around the world. 

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For general information about the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, please contact Georgia Petritsis at 803-777-6665.

Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

Program Student Profile

Academic Years: 2020-21 • 2021-22 • 2022–23
Undergraduate Enrollment — Major 3 Years Ago
2 Years Ago
1 Year Ago
Number of Students 572 547 537
Number of Graduates 169 158 149
Student / Faculty Ratio 24:1 18:1 18:1
Retention Rate – Freshmen to Sophomore (for all programs) 81% 81% 78%
Students employed in the hospitality industry or a related field i.e. Professional Placement within 90 days after graduation 65% 86% N/A
Students continuing their education within 90 days after graduation 12% 5% N/A
Total Professional Placement and Continuing Education Rate 77% 91% N/A


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