Hospitality Management

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Hospitality Management that instructs students on the fundamentals of a career in the service industry.

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Students in this program learn about the interdisciplinary studies involved in hospitality and tourism along with how effective management skills play into this multi-billion dollar industry.


Students will learn about the diverse hospitality industry through program-specific courses like Principles of Hospitality and Hotel/Resort Management, Study of Tourism Destinations, Consumer Behavior, Basic Food Preparation and more. Those in the HMGT program also have the option to choose from one of 4 culinary specialty classes.

A regional-based 120 hour internship in the hospitality, tourism or service industry is also a key component of this degree and allows students to gain practical experience from a vast number of possible partner organizations.


SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have over 25 years of real-world experience in hospitality, tourism and management sectors, including those who still own and operate their own businesses.

Students in this degree track directly benefit from the numerous and unique hospitality and tourism outlets located in proximity to the college throughout the Lake George, Saratoga and great Southern Adirondack regions. Students also have the opportunity to attend an internship at Disney World through this program.







          Hospitality and Tourism is one of today’s fastest most dynamic fields — in fact, figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal 75,000 jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality per month last year. A career in HMGT offers unbeatable career advancements in diverse areas, such as:

          • Hotel Managers
          • Bed & Breakfast Owners
          • Restaurant Management
          • Travel Agents
          • Tour Operators
          • Event & Wedding Planners

          Graduates of the program also benefit from SUNY Adirondack’s new articulation agreements that provide automatic acceptance and transfer to Paul Smith’s College full bachelor’s program in Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management. This flexible arrangement allows students to finish the full four-year program on the SUNY Adirondack campus through the Regional Higher Education Center.

          Program Learning Outcomes

          1. Demonstrate an ability to work in a variety of hospitality and tourism positions.
          2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of hospitality management.
          3. Demonstrate an ability to prepare and present a marketing plan.
          4. Demonstrate an ability to prepare and analyze business financial statements and reports.
          5. Demonstrate how hospitality law applies to the workplace.
          6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
          7. Demonstrate an ability to identify regional and international tourism trends.
          8. Demonstrate how an entrepreneur manages risk, seizes opportunities, solves problems, and integrates resources.
          9. Demonstrate and understanding of culinary and dining room principles.
          10. Demonstrate an understanding of consumer behavior and the role of social media.