Diamonds in the Rough: Hospitality Business at Michigan State University

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Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business has an established reputation for its supply chain management program, which was ranked number two by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. But the school also has a longstanding reputation for producing business leaders in the field of hospitality and hotel management.

Established in 1927, the School of Hospitality Business is housed within Broad and has consistently placed among the top-ranking hospitality programs in the country. MBA students looking to complete the graduate specialization in hospitality business can supplement their general business curriculum with such career-focused courses as “Hospitality Operations,” “Marketing in the Hospitality Industry” and “Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry.” All students in this specialization program are required to complete two different internships, offering extensive hands-on learning and networking opportunities. The school is also a recruiting destination for top companies in the hospitality industry—such as ARAMARK, Disney, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Yellowstone National Park Lodges—and offers students job search assistance through its Student and Industry Resource Center.

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