Don’t Just Learn Hospitality Management — Live It

Take Advantage of Our Hospitality Expertise, Experience, and Industry Connections

SHA isn’t just a hospitality school: it’s a life experience, backed by Cornell SC Johnson College of Business expertise and Ivy League educational excellence. You bring your creativity, energy, and passion for service; we help you develop the skills, knowledge, and network to succeed in a fulfilling, rewarding career. Learn from expert faculty and industry professionals, in the classroom as well as through practical experience — a proven, premier Cornell program that’s a century in the making.


Career Opportunities: Where SHA Can Take You

A Career Limited Only by Your Imagination

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When you join SHA, you join the ranks of top hospitality and business professionals across the globe who are leading the industry. You’ll find our alumni are movers and shakers in any industry sector — from real estate to consumer brands to travel — and influential, effective, thoughtful leaders who inspire and innovate. At SHA, you’ll gain the business foundation, skill sets, and powerful connections to flourish in the industry of your choice — and join the ranks of our amazing alumni.

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Our Faculty Are Shaping the Business Landscape

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Not only cutting-edge researchers, our faculty are also experienced industry practitioners and have more than a decade of experience in several industries, including hospitality management in finance, real estate, travel, consumer goods, and more. Prestigious as they are, they’re also caring mentors who welcome your participation in their research projects, and your success is their first priority.


Benefit from Our Industry Advantages

At SHA, we’ve developed an exceptional educational experience that prepares you for career success. From outstanding instruction and hands-on practice to an Ivy League pedigree and the mighty Cornell network, a degree from SHA offers many advantages that translate to outstanding career outcomes as well as sustainable career success for our graduates. Here are a few advantages we’re proud to call our own.

Pineapple iconAdvantage 1: Our Business is Hospitality

At SHA, you’re not limited to the “hospitality industry” in its traditional, narrow definition. Our students develop strong business acumen, enhanced by our shared passion for hospitality. That’s why our alumni are visionaries who push the boundaries of service excellence in a myriad of industries throughout the global economy.

building iconAdvantage 2: Real Estate Is a Foundation

The cornerstone of an SHA education is real estate. Our students graduate with a robust real estate foundation that prepares them for the financial and transactional side of hospitality.

magnify glass illustrationAdvantage 3: Strategy Is Informed by Data

The proliferation of valuable data is driving demand for more curated, personalized experiences that are reshaping revenue models and business strategies. At SHA, you’ll study digital analytics and revenue management to ensure your insights are informed by the best, most relevant data and your strategic decisions truly benefit your organization’s bottom line.

gear illustrationAdvantage 4: Innovation Is a Given

Our program fuses finance, technology, and entrepreneurship with coursework such as FARE, Innovation & Corporate Renewal, Business Model Innovation & Design, and more to develop your knowledge and sharpen your skills. At SHA, we help you harness your creativity and energy to power your vision.


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Our Hotelie Community: Dedicated Alumni and Students

Our alumni come from all walks of life, and you’ll find them all over the world, succeeding in every conceivable industry. Diverse as they are, they’re united by their commitment to providing service excellence and their fierce devotion to each other. That’s the tight-knit, challenging but supportive Hotelie community in which you’ll learn and thrive.

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SHA Signature Experiences: Our Special Sauce

At SHA, you’ll live and breathe hospitality, applying what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life settings that challenge you to provide superlative service to paying guests. You’ll work amongst seasoned hospitality professionals and gain unparalleled hands-on experience daily.

Hotel Ezra Cornell

Hotel Ezra Cornell

Together with other SHA students, you’ll plan and operate a themed three-day industry conference with speakers, entertainment, and food and beverage service. This premier learning program, now in its 97th year, challenges your marketing, IT, sales, and problem-solving skills.

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series 

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series 

Learn from hospitality luminaries and innovators who share their insights on the latest trends in the industry. This program has brought premier thought leaders to campus for nearly a century to inspire and inform.

Hotel Leadership Development Program (HLDP)

Hotel Leadership Development Program (HLDP)

In this invaluable work-study program, you put your leadership learning to the test on the job at Cornell’s Statler Hotel. You’ll progress through a series of paid positions with increasing responsibility and certifications.

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 Establishment 

Get to work in our student-run restaurant, which provides superb on-the-job training in everything from personnel management and instruction to customer relations. You’ll develop the menu, manage operations in the kitchen and front of house, and provide excellent service to the Cornell community and general public.

Culinary Institute of America Alliance 

Culinary Institute of America Alliance 

Learn from the best in this alliance between two superlative schools. Our collaborative degree program provides an invaluable opportunity to deepen your culinary knowledge and skills through guest lectures, special events, and faculty collaboration.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Broaden your horizons and create international career opportunities by studying abroad. Students can study in more than 40 countries and enroll in more than 150 programs and universities around the world. Students can study in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia, or New Zealand.


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Ithaca: A Small City with So Much to Offer

Consistently rated as a top place to study, live, and work for young professionals and families, Ithaca is a welcoming community that offers everything from sparkling lakes and stunning gorges to wineries and unparalleled fine dining. Whether you’re in the mood for farmer’s markets, live drama, artisanal handmade children’s toys, or the world’s best ice cream, you’ll find it in Ithaca.

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SHA’s Centers and Institutes: Cutting-Edge Research and Innovation

SHA’s centers and institutes give students a variety of opportunities to put their learning into practice and stay actively engaged in industry issues. Are you interested in attending industry conferences and networking with hospitality leaders, participating in an international real estate case competition, or pitching your original business concept to seasoned entrepreneurs? Our centers and institutes offer all that and more

Center for Hospitality Research

Center for Hospitality Research

Created specifically to produce and disseminate research supporting hospitality and related industries, the Center for Hospitality Research brings together researchers, students, and practitioners to generate provocative, relevant applied research that explores critical issues in hospitality today.

Center for Real Estate and Finance

Center for Real Estate and Finance

The foremost resource for practitioners, researchers, and students of real estate, the Center for Real Estate and Finance brings together prestigious faculty and top practitioners to generate and share cutting-edge research and knowledge in the business of real estate.

 Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

 Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Bringing together leading industry experts and faculty to provide students with unmatched learning experiences for entrepreneurship, the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship provides a wide range of courses, programs, and activities to prepare young professionals for careers in entrepreneurship.

Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER)

Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER)

Dedicated to modern industry labor and management relations and human resources management, CIHLER is a hub for academic and industry resources for research, education, and dialogue. The Center sponsors research, classroom curricula, and industry roundtables. Additionally, it acts as a forum for the most recent analysis of labor and employment law by industry experts and practitioners.

 Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (CIHF) 

 Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (CIHF) 

The first academic center in the U.S. to combine hospitality, environmental design, and health policy and management into a broad-based platform for the improvement of service in healthcare, wellness, and senior living, CIHF develops and supports multidisciplinary educational programs, sponsors and disseminates research, and hosts conferences and projects.


Your Future at SHA Begins Here

A premier hospitality education and the best preparation for your career in hospitality — that’s what SHA offers. The unmatched business expertise of the SC Johnson Cornell College of Business, the Ivy League pedigree of Cornell, and the welcoming Hotelie community — it all adds up to an unmatched student experience. Start your experience today.