The Hospitality & Tourism Management Program is conveniently located in South Florida, a hotbed for Hospitality and Tourism. The Hospitality & Tourism Management program strives to provide a premiere educational experience to our hard-working students, who are looking to make a bigger impact in their respective fields. Please read more about the Mission of the Hospitality & Tourism Management and Hospitality & Tourism Management Director's Welcome.

Mission Statement

Our Mission…

The Mission of the FAU Hospitality & Tourism Management Program is to be the absolute best college program of its kind at preparing leaders and executives for the hospitality and tourism industry businesses operating in the 21st Century.

To accomplish this mission, the program incorporates extremely high rigor in its curriculum ‐ both in terms of general business coursework (management, marketing, finance, accounting, etc.) supplemented with a strong core of hospitality business coursework (i.e., guest service, revenue management, hospitality law, operations).

Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate employer‐desired proficiency in:

  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Application of Critical Thinking Skills
  • Hospitality‐specific Content Knowledge

Director's Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Hospitality Management Program at Florida Atlantic University!

As one of the fastest-growing majors at FAU, the program includes undergraduate-level major, minor, and certificates. The certificate areas include: Hospitality & Tourism Management, Club Management, and Meetings & Events Management. Further, there are Executive Education weekend Certificates in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Meetings & Events Management as well as the new MBA in Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Our faculty all have hospitality industry experience and are experts across the hospitality industry: hotels, resorts, private country clubs, restaurants, law, marketing, finance, etc. Most have held high level/executive jobs within the industry and are true leaders both in academia and the hospitality industry.

In 2015, the state of Florida welcomed over 105 million visitors – an all-time record! And, for every 80-120 visitors, one full-time job equivalent is created in the hospitality industry. Our job placement is outstanding!

The hospitality industry is the number one private employer in the state of Florida – if your goal is to find a rewarding and fun career upon graduation, you’ve come to the right place! We welcome you to explore our web site, converse with our faculty, and reach out to our program director. Please email us at hospitality@fau.edu or phone us at 561-297-3666.


Dr. Peter Ricci, EdD


Director, Hospitality & Tourism Management Program

Accreditation & Rankings

AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accreditation

Proud member of AACSB, the premier accreditation agency for business schools.

Princeton Review Entrepreneur

Top-50 in Entrepreneurship

Ranked #37 (ugrad.) and #41 (grad.) in 2021 according to The Princeton Review.

FT Executive Education Rankings

FT Executive Education Rankings

#11 (U.S.) and #1 (Florida) in the Financial Times rankings.

Best International Business

Best International Business

#22 for Best International Business Ugrad. Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2021.

Best Undergraduate Business

Best Undergraduate Business

Ranked Among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs in 2021.

Best Online Bachelor's in Business

Best Online Bachelor's in Business

#27 for Best Online Bachelor's in Business Programs in 2021.

Online Grad Programs

Best Online Grad. Business

Ranked Among the Best Online Master's Business Programs (non-MBA) in 2021.

Online MBA programs

Best Online MBA

Ranked Among the Best Online MBA Programs in 2021.

Online Veterans MBA

Best Online MBA - Veterans

Ranked Among the Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans in 2021.

Online Veterans

Best Online Grad Veterans

#19 for Best Online Master's in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) in 2020.

Sport Interantional Ranking

Best MBA in Sport Management Program

Top-20 in the world according to SportBusiness.