Preparing hotelies to lead: An outstanding educational experience that readies you for success.
Combining essential classroom instruction with practical hands-on experience, our bachelor’s degree is designed to uniquely prepare you for career success. We combine a firm foundation of business knowledge with a focus on the global, diverse, and thriving hospitality industry — and add the flexibility to shape your learning around your interests and career goals.
Undergraduate Program Highlights
An educational experience that encompasses all hospitality touchstones.
Benefit from our expertise in everything hospitality — from travel and accommodation to entertainment and recreation. You’ll be immersed in coursework focused on property, restaurant, corporate, and consulting. In addition, you can opt for a hospitality leadership concentration, or choose from a wide range of hospitality-focused opportunities, to gain the knowledge and skills for your career in hospitality management, operations, financial or brand analysis, market intelligence, business development, or auditing.
We teach you the financial and transactional side of hospitality — a requisite for success. Our coursework includes commercial, residential, and hospitality-focused real estate. You can also minor in real estate or choose a concentration in finance, accounting, and real estate (FARE). You’ll graduate with a strong foundation for your career in acquisitions, investments, banking, operations, capital markets, or financial analysis.
Financial expertise is crucial in today’s environment, so you’ll study investment banking, financial analysis, asset management and private equity, and private wealth management. You’ll be prepared to excel in career paths including investment banking analysis, financial analysis and business underwriting, asset management, or private wealth management.
Ever-evolving technology is integral to all facets of hospitality, from e-commerce to smart properties. Your School of Hotel Administration (SHA) experience will make you adept at harnessing data to guide strategic decisions and confident in using the latest technology to power your organization. Whether you aspire to work in financial planning and analysis, hospitality growth and expansion, client strategy, software solutions, customer success, e-commerce, or product or business consulting, SHA will ensure you’re at the top of the field.
Hotel School Degree Requirements and Curriculum
At SHA, we help you develop hospitality leadership with a thorough business management foundation and an emphasis on the service industry. You gain crucial knowledge and skill sets through our focused core curriculum, with the flexibility to pursue your interests through electives from Cornell’s vast array of liberal arts courses.
What Are the Degree Requirements?
Our bachelor’s program degree requirements include at least 120 classroom credits. These credits come from the SHA core, SHA electives, and other electives, plus 800 hours of work in the field. The practice credit field work is often completed during a student’s summer. During the semester, most students take four or five courses per semester — a schedule that typically allows time for clubs, sports, and other activities.
SHA Core Curriculum
The core courses at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration immerse you in the business of hospitality, giving you essential exposure to organizational behavior, accounting, microeconomics, food service management, strategic management, human resources, technology, real estate, and business communications. Our 21 core courses, all centered around service excellence in hospitality, are designed to help you gain crucial knowledge and valuable skills.
Enhance your SHA experience even further with extended academic opportunities, which let you pursue your passions in even greater depth. These complementary experiences are an optional way to support your SHA degree.
Advance your leadership skills through this series of paid positions of increasing responsibility and certification levels as you learn to operate The Statler Hotel, Cornell’s legendary teaching hotel hospitality establishment.
Cornell is home to The Statler Hotel, the world’s premier learning facility for hospitality professionals. Your work here can include everything from housekeeping and reservations to sales and accounting — and can count toward a portion of the 800 minimum required hours of industry work experience.
Take advantage of the collaborative degree program that SHA has with the CIA. SHA students can pursue an associate’s degree at the world-renowned CIA in Hyde Park, New York, while completing their SHA bachelor’s, and graduate with two degrees — plus incredible culinary arts and business skills — in only four years.
Hospitality is global by nature, and this program gives you a great platform to explore new cultures and experience the world firsthand. This program usually occurs during a students’ junior year (transfer students may be eligible).
Our student-run restaurant provides exceptional on-the-job training in areas ranging from personnel training and management to customer relations in a live setting. Students manage both the kitchen and front of house, developing the menu and delivering great service to members of the Cornell community and the general public.
Students develop their project management skills as they plan and operate a three-day industry conference with speakers, entertainment, and food and beverage service. Students handle all aspects of the event — now in its 97th year — including marketing, IT, and sales.
Minors (open to all Cornell undergraduates) and concentrations (available only to SHA students) are an opportunity to focus on your specific interests. Choose from the SHA minor in real estate, more than 70 Cornell minors, or three SHA concentrations: Hospitality Leadership (HOLD), Services Marketing and Operations Management (SMOM), or Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate (FARE).