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Department of Hospitality Management


The Department of Hospitality Management is proud to be the only program in Kansas that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in hospitality management and is the only program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). In 2018, The Department of Hospitality Management was ranked #18 for Best Hospitality Management Degree Programs by Best Value Schools, ranked #32 for Best Hospitality & Leisure Management programs by the QS World University Rankings as well as ranked #22 Best Master's in Hospitality Management Degrees by College Choice in 2018.

The Hospitality Management Department at Kansas State University is an internationally recognized program; committed to preparing the next generation of hospitality leaders for a successful career in industry or academia by delivering a transformational educational experience through experiential learning, professionalism, international experiences, and strong partnerships with hospitality industry. 

The roots of the K-State Hospitality Management Department can be traced back to 1952 when K-State President James A. McCain stressed the importance of establishing a restaurant management Program at K-State with Dean Margaret Justin.  Dean Justin gathered a group of faculty from home economics, business administration, technical journalism, and accounting, along with industry representatives from the local community and state.  Together, they developed the first restaurant management program in the state of Kansas.  In the 1980s the hotel curriculum was added to the program and in 2013, the curriculum added a focused concentration in meeting, convention, and event management. 

Today, the programs are designed to meet the needs of the vibrant hospitality industry. If you are interested in a dynamic career in lodging; foodservice; or meeting, convention, and event management you have come to the right place.  Teaching, research, study abroad, and leadership opportunities are designed to prepare students for professional careers in our service-oriented, information-based society.  Come for a campus visit. Stay for an undergraduate or graduate degree and enhance your marketability and skills.

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Ranked #18 Best Hospitality Management Degree Programs by Best Value Schools, 2018

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Ranked #32 Best Hospitality and Leisure Programs in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2018

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Ranked #22 Best Master's in Hospitality Management Degrees by College Choice, 2018

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Lacy’s Fresh Fare and Catering announces adjusted hours
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Lacy’s Fresh Fare and Catering will have adjusted hours for events around campus. Please see below for a schedule. Wednesday, Sept 26- Lacy’s will be open from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and offer 2 sample items that are being prepared by top Chinese chefs Yu Yongbin and Ye Yuanlin. The regular menu will not be available. Samples […]

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Department of Hospitality Management presents inaugural World of Wines event series
Friday, September 21st, 2018

The Department of Hospitality Management, located in the College of Human Ecology, has announced a new event series to begin this fall called World of Wines. This year, the World of Wines will feature four events over a three-day period. All events will feature Frank Kaemmer, Master Sommelier, from Germany. Kaemmer will introduce guests to […]

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