Hospitality Management

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Hospitality Management BAS degree at South Seattle College will prepare students for management, marketing and human resource positions in all facets of the hospitality industry, including:

  • Tourism
  • Hotel Operations
  • Restaurant Management
  • Catering
  • Cruise Ship Operations
  • Casino Operations
  • Travel

This applied bachelor's degree will also serve in emerging hospitality fields, such as the growing number of assisted and independent living facilities in the Puget Sound region. The program is unique in its focus on applied management training for underrepresented students in the Puget Sound region.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Hospitality Management Program: 

South Seattle College is accredited to offer associate and bachelor's degrees by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Hospitality Management BAS program admits students primarily at the start of Fall quarter. Winter and Spring Quarter admissions are allowed on a case by case basis. Classes are scheduled for either mornings or afternoons to minimize interference with work schedules. For students who have satisfied all pre-requisites, the Bachelor of Applied Science degree can be completed in two years of full-time attendance. Required upper division courses are offered just once a year, so it will be important to work with South staff to ensure you are enrolling in the appropriate courses. Students admitted to the Hospitality Management BAS program are expected to take at least two core classes per quarter. Financial Aid may require students to take a minimum of 12 credits per quarter to maintain eligibility.

If you are interested in furthering your career or advancing your knowledge in the fields of marketing, finance, human resources customer service particularly in fields of tourism, travel, restaurants and hotels this program is for you! Ideally you will also have two years of college or an associate degree, especially in a technical field such as culinary arts or business. Current hospitality industry employees with some college should also contact the BAS Programs Manager to find out how they could become eligible to apply.

Yes - only with permission from the faculty advisor and only for your first 15 credits. You will be considered a non-matriculated student and will remain under this status until you apply and are formally admitted to the program at the following Fall quarter start date.

The technical core education requirements of the Hospitality Management BAS degree are designed to fulfill a set of desired learning outcomes for the technical education of a hospitality management undergraduate in the United States in the 21st century. After completing the Hospitality Management BAS, you will be able to:

  • Illustrate the fundamental concepts of hospitality and service and the importance of these concepts as the cornerstone of success in the hospitality industry.
  • Interpret and analyze financial statements and budgets.
  • Analyze and differentiate the range of technologies used in the operation and marketing of a hospitality business.
  • Identify and apply principles of sales and current trends in marketing.
  • Describe and apply skills in human resource management.
  • Apply principles of leadership and management in the hospitality business operation.
  • Recognize the strengths and benefits of cultural and generational diversity and its impact on guest experience and employee satisfaction.
  • Demonstrate how to manage daily operations of a hospitality business.
  • Summarize and apply principles of business law and ethics and global business etiquette.
  • Describe considerations and techniques for risk mitigation.

No – your sequence will be designed by you and your program manager that is based on the general recommended sequence and will help you make the most of your learning and practice.

Please see the program requirements page that will inform your conversation about your career and learning plans with your program manager.

South knows that our students are busy and often need to work while attending school. The Hospitality Management class schedule is conducive to the working student's lifestyle as classes are offered onsite, online, and a few are a hybrid of both. For example, one cohort will meet for class on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. OR 12 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. and the other cohort will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. OR 12 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Each student's schedule is set when they are admitted to the program and will only change per your request!

Simply click on the Application Packet link in the sidebar to download and begin filling out your application. Admission to the Hospitality Management BAS program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. Preference is given to early applications. Follow the directions enclosed in this packet or contact the BAS Programs Manager if you have any questions. Please note, the admissions process is different for international students, so if you are an international student please contact the Center for International Education at (206) 934-5360.

Our current tuition rates can be found here: Applied Baccalaureate TuitionPlease note - this is just the rate for credits and does not include parking fees, student identification card fee, etc.

Yes! Students pursuing any BAS degree will be eligible for federal, state, and institutional grant funds - such as the Pell Grant, WA State Need Grant, South Seattle College Grant, Educational Opportunity Grant, WA State Employee tuition waiver, and work study. To determine whether you are eligible for financial aid you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Find out more information about financial aid by visiting the financial aidweb page or calling (206) 934-5317.

Yes! Please see the Foundation Office web page or call (206) 934-5809 for details.

Yes! Interested students should contact the International Programs for assistance.

You will be supported in securing and completing 1,000 internship hours of industry experience during the course of the BAS program. We will consider any appropriate work experience within the past 5 years toward the 1,000 hour goal. Many local organizations are interested in providing internships for students. If you are an international student, we know you will have different circumstances and we will work with you and our Center for International Education to address your situation.

You may be able to earn credit for prior learning and/or work experience for some Hospitality Management courses through a number of different options by demonstration of certification in a relevant area such as accounting, business, or hospitality. When you are admitted to the program, your program manager will review your transcripts and experience with you and discuss the options available.

Yes! You are eligible to apply. Many of your existing general education courses will count toward the general education requirements. You may have to make up some lower-division work; most students in this situation are still be able to complete their coursework within two years. Once you apply to the program, your program manager will review your transcripts and create a personalized education plan for you. 

You are still eligible to apply! If you complete your two-year degree by the time classes begin at the start of Fall quarter, you will start right into the BAS program. Contact the BAS Programs Manager for more information.

Please contact the BAS Program Manager:

Megan Sears
BAS Program Manager