SHA’s Hotel Administration degree requirements ensure students graduate prepared to be leaders within the hospitality industry.

Suggested Core Curriculum Timeline

A four-year schedule for a powerful start and maximum flexibility

Our suggested core curriculum schedule allows you to complete two-thirds of your major requirements in your first two years. Giving you a thorough overview of hospitality, this timeline allows you to quickly determine your specific interests, making your internships more relevant to your career plans. Here is a typical schedule (see Courses of Study for the most recent course descriptions):

SHA Degree Requirements Infographic
Year 1: In your first year, get a strong start on required coursework, rounded out with elective courses. Year 2: Fulfill a large portion of your required courses, with time for electives, during your second year. Year 3: In addition to the requirements below, this year you should take the opportunity to study abroad, pursue a minor, or fulfill a concentration. Year 4: In this most flexible year with only one required course, explore your interests through a wide variety of options.
HADM 1150: Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills HADM 2010: Hospitality Quantitative Analysis HADM 3010: Service Operations Management HADM 4410: Strategic Management
HADM 1210: Financial Accounting HADM 2210: Managerial Accounting HADM 3210: Principles of Hospitality Real Estate
HADM 1350: Introduction to Hotel Operations HADM 2220: Finance HADM 3350: Restaurant Management
HADM 1360: Introduction to Food Service Operations HADM 2360: Food Service Management, Theory and Practice HADM 3550: Hospitality Facilities Management
HADM 1410: Microeconomics for the Service Industry HADM 2430: Marketing Management for Services HADM 3650: Persuasive Business Communication for Hospitality Leaders
HADM 1650: Business Writing for Hospitality Professionals HADM 2550: Hospitality Development and Planning HADM 3870: Business and Hospitality Law
HADM 1740: Business Computing HADM 2810: Human Resources Management SHA electives
Required first-year writing seminar General non-SHA electives Non-SHA electives
General non-SHA electives

Rigorous Coursework Plus Hands-on Field Experience

What are the requirements for hotel management at SHA?

Bachelor’s degree candidates in the SHA hotel administration program study all aspects of the business of hospitality, developing the requisite knowledge and skills for leadership in the world’s largest industry. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 classroom credits plus a minimum of 800 hours of work in the field. Your credits come from the following:



SHA courses are designed to provide you with strong foundational business knowledge and skills, as well as industry-specific expertise. We provide a rich variety of hotel school courses to develop your capabilities and satisfy your career interests.


SHA and Non-SHA Electives

Choose electives from inside and outside SHA to take advantage of Cornell’s amazing breadth and depth of knowledge.

two students working at a podium at a dinner partySHA Electives

Focus on your specific interests within hospitality through SHA-specific electives. You’re required to take at least 14 credits of SHA electives at the 3000 level or higher. All coursework must be taken for a letter grade (unless offered only with an S/U option). To focus your studies, you can opt for an SHA concentration.

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Non-SHA Electives

Explore your career interests through electives offered within the greater context of Cornell’s many schools. Choose from more than 4,000 courses offered by Cornell’s other six undergraduate schools and colleges. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits.

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Practice Credit

You’ll fulfill at least 800 hours of valuable work experience directly relevant to your career — to gain hands-on experience directly in the industry. Student work opportunities are available at The Statler Hotel or Taverna Banfi. Working or volunteering in various capacities during Hotel Ezra Cornell HEC weekend can also contribute to your practice credit requirements.



Minors and Concentrations

Choose from the SHA Minor in Real Estate, more than 70 Cornell minors, or three SHA concentrations: Finance, Accounting and Real Estate (FARE), Hospitality Leadership (HOLD), or Services Marketing and Operations Management (SMOM). For more information on the various Cornell minors, visit Undergraduate Minors under the Cornell University Fields of Study.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Enhance your SHA experience even further with extended academic opportunities, which let you pursue your passions in even greater depth. These optional components complement your degree and enhance your time at Cornell. The experiences include study abroad opportunities, the Hotel Leadership Development Program (HDLP), Statler Hotel Work Experience, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Alliance, Establishment (Esb.), Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC), Undergraduate Research Opportunities, and the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS).



Academic Advising

At SHA, you have comprehensive resources for advising. Our faculty, professional academic advisers, and professional career advisers help you with choosing coursework, selecting a concentration, finding research opportunities, accessing support for disabilities, getting academic assistance, providing networking and career guidance, and many other areas.


Start Your SHA Journey Today

Your hospitality management education opens up a world of possibilities in a rewarding, fulfilling industry that’s constantly growing. Take the first step by applying today.