7160 Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration

Programs Offered:

  1. B.B.A. in Hospitality Administration
  2. Minor in Hospitality Administration

210 Robinson College of Business Building

Debra F. Cannon, Director

Course Prefix: HAdm

The mission of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is to provide leadership in the development of students for managerial roles in the hospitality and tourism industries, in making scholastic contributions to its constituencies, and in providing service to the industry at the local, regional, national, and international level.

The primary goal is to provide a well-integrated curriculum incorporating courses in the arts, sciences, general business theory, and hospitality applications that will prepare our students for management positions in the hospitality industry.

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration was named in honor of the late founder of the Days Inn Hotel chain. Cecil B. Day is remembered as an astute businessman who developed Days Inn to national prominence. He was equally respected because he gave freely of his time and wealth to worthy organizations. His legacy of excellence is the foundation upon which the program bases its philosophy for preparing future generations of hospitality executives.

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration prepares its graduates for management careers in the following hospitality industry segments: hotel, restaurant, private club, food service, tourism, event planning, meeting planning, festivals, and trade shows. Graduates are awarded a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in hospitality administration.

Students majoring in hospitality administration will take 21 semester hours of required HAdm courses. These core courses will give the student a general knowledge of all segments of the hospitality industry. Specialized elective courses and work study experience allow students to gain additional insight regarding specific industry segments.

The school has the support of local, regional, and national hospitality executives. Georgia State University was the first institution of higher education to offer specialized courses in fair and trade show management. The school was chosen by the Club Managers Association of America to develop, produce, and direct their Business Management Institute for certification of club managers across the United States. The School of Hospitality is the Academic Partner for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

The program was accredited in 1992 by the Accreditation Commission on Programs in Hospitality Administration, a specialized accrediting body and reaccredited in 2000 and 2007. The program is an institutional member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, the principle academic and professional association for hospitality education programs.

The School of Hospitality has unique state-of-the-art facilities. The School's Hospitality Learning Center is the first dedicated classroom in the nation located within a major convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center. The School's Culinary Learning Center features a new food production kitchen lab.

The faculty of the program call upon practitioners to lecture on specialized industry topics. Industry managers and executives work with faculty and college administration to maintain a program relevant to industry needs. The school offers scholarships which are awarded annually.

7160.10 Program Admission

There are no admission requirements specific to the Hospitality Administration program. However, Hospitality Administration students are required to meet all University and College admission requirements.

7160.20 Program Financial Information

There are no special fees associated with majoring in Hospitality Administration. However, Hospitality Administration majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College.

7160.30 Program Academic Regulations

Required Major Courses: HAdm 3010, 3401, 3402, 3720, 3750, 3760, 4100, 4800.

Robinson College of Business (RCB) Electives: As an exception to normal degree requirements, HAdm majors are required to select RCB electives from courses in the hospitality major. This exception is provided to fulfill the requirements of the hospitality administration accrediting body that HAdm majors specialize in more than one area of the discipline.

Faculty Advisement: All new hospitality administration majors are invited to initially contact the department.  The school offers orientation  materials at the beginning of each semester for new hospitality majors. Majors should call the school office to schedule appointments.

Work Experience Requirement: All students majoring in hospitality administration must have practical industry experience in order to be approved for graduation. Each student is given the opportunity to test career objectives and gain exposure to the work environment as it actually exists in the hospitality industry. This experience assists in developing professional work habits, provides for a smooth transition into full-time employment, helps develop self-confidence, and provides exposure to the different components of the hospitality industry. Students who have full-time jobs in nonhospitality occupations do not have to quit their jobs; however, in order to satisfy the requirements for the work-study experience, students are advised to begin working part-time in an adviser-approved hospitality position as soon as possible.

A required noncredit course, HAdm 4900, is offered each semester to assist students in meeting this work-study requirement. Students must register for this course during their senior year. They should obtain a course description packet from the school office and contact the Work Study Coordinator in the school for more detailed information.

7160.40 Certificate in Hospitality Administration

The Certificate in Hospitality Administration (CHAD) program is designed for nonhospitality majors. Admission to the CHAD program is subject to the minimum Georgia State cumulative GPA required for entrance into RCB upper-level classes. Obtaining the Certificate of Hospitality Administration is based on completion of at least four stipulated undergraduate hospitality courses with a combined GPA of 3.0 for these courses.

The certificate option is available for undergraduate, graduate, and postbaccalaureate students who are not current hospitality majors. Certificates are awarded by the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration to undergraduate and graduate students upon graduation from Georgia State University. For postbaccalaureate students, the certificates are awarded upon completion of the four courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

This certificate focuses on operational aspects of hotels, restaurants, private clubs; meeting, special-event, and trade show management; and managerial functional areas in hospitality such as human resources, marketing, law, and cost control.

Specialization options within the certificate program are available. These specialty areas include hospitality operations, aviation management, culinary management, event management and meeting and tradeshow management. Please visit the School’s website (www.robinson.gsu.edu/hospitality) to find out about specific requirements for each type of certificate.

Certificate Applications and Fees. Interested students should apply for the certificate program through the School of Hospitality Administration. There are no additional fees required for the Certificate in Hospitality Administration.