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Hospitality and Tourism Management

HTM students

Our first-ranked undergraduate program will prepare you for a management career in the fast-paced hospitality industry. Coursework is challenging, relevant to the needs of today's employers, and you'll learn from faculty who bring years of industry experience into the classroom. A key component of the hospitality and tourism management program is hands-on learning and will prepare you to work in any facet of the industry including foodservice, lodging, and tourism.

You'll Have Help Finding a Job

  • The HTM Career Center provides career-planning services and coordinates more than 700 interviews.
  • The HTM Career Day brings representatives from the hospitality industry to campus each fall. Activities include a career fair, keynote address, and a reception for employers and students.
  • Additional career fairs and assistance are offered through the Center for Career Opportunities.
  • The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a great addition to complement your HTM Degree without adding additional credits.
  • Purdue University has been ranked #4 in preparing students for the workforce by the Wall Street Journal.

Learn from Experience

  • During the senior year, students take a capstone course that pulls all the hospitality management knowledge together as the class works in groups to make plans to build a hospitality business — from selecting a location site to a final operating establishment.
  • All undergraduates must complete two paid internships.
  • Students train in the school's two restaurants, the John Purdue Room (fine dining) and the Boiler Bistro (quick service).
  • Opportunity to complete a 6-month paid internship at a Shangri-La Hotel in China or study abroad at various destinations around the world.

Develop team-building and leadership skills by participating in HTM student organizations.  The HTM Society organizes the annual Black Tie Dinner, a prestigious fundraising event.

Career Options

  • director, convention and visitors bureau
  • convention/event planner
  • corporate travel manager
  • hotel general manager
  • hotel operations director
  • restaurant owner/manager
  • travel agency manager
  • catering director
  • country club manager
  • food and beverage director

Where You Might Work

  • airlines
  • convention and visitor bureaus
  • convention centers
  • corporate travel management
  • cruise lines
  • destination management
  • event planning
  • gaming entertainment
  • sports arenas and recreation facilities
  • state and national parks
  • state tourism
  • theme parks
  • tour operations
  • travel agencies

Degree Requirements

For more information, contact:

Maggy Leitch, Academic Advisor
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Purdue University
Marriott Hall, Room 128A
900 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-8724
mleitch@purdue.edu