Hospitality graduates

Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is committed to academic excellence in developing students for leadership roles within the hospitality industry. We strive to integrate our curriculum with hands-on opportunities provided by major industry partners to give you real-world learning experiences. These opportunities are enhanced by our location in the heart of Atlanta, surrounded by major attractions and event venues and the third largest number of hotel rooms in the nation, and within walking distance of the 4th largest convention center in the U.S., the Georgia World Congress Center.

Degree Requirements

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration prepares its graduates for leadership and management careers within the hospitality industry. Students majoring in hospitality administration take 21 semester hours of required core hospitality courses. Building on this foundation, electives and work study experiences allow students to gain additional insight into specific industry segments.

Required Major Courses: HADM 3010, 3401 & 3402, 3720, 3750, 3760, 4100, 4800 & 4900
As an exception to normal degree requirements, hospitality majors are required to select business electives from courses within the hospitality discipline. This exception is provided to fulfill the requirements of the hospitality administration accrediting body that hospitality majors specialize in more than one area of the discipline.

Field 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 non-hospitality 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 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 of Hospitality or contact the office for more detailed information.


The program was accredited in 1992 by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration and has been re-accredited every seven years since 1992. The program is an institutional member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, the principal academic and professional association for hospitality education programs.