January 8, 2014 – Leveraging key industry connections in the nation’s capital and abroad, Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is launching a new master’s in hospitality management program that is now accepting students for the fall 2014 term.
The new program includes an elective with a residency in an emerging global market. The program can be completed in two years of part-time study, with most classes offered during the evening to accommodate working professionals.
“Our new master’s program builds on our strong portfolio of globally focused professional studies programs, including degrees in sports management, real estate and urban planning, to educate well-rounded leaders prepared to solve the most complex issues of their respective industries,” said Walter Rankin, SCS interim dean.
With disciplines ranging from lodging and tourism to restaurant management and event planning, the hospitality industry has an optimistic growth outlook.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 512,000 jobs in hospitality and leisure were added to the U.S. economy since June 2012.
Among hospitality occupations requiring a college degree, such as meeting and event planners, 44 percent growth is expected over the next decade, far outpacing the national average of 14 percent for all industries.
The hospitality management program, offered at SCS’s Metro-accessible campus in downtown Washington, D.C., prepares students to manage operations and bring innovations to both domestic and international hospitality organizations.
“Our new master’s program gives students first-hand experience with an international hospitality organization,” said Christopher Metzler, senior associate dean of the program. “Traveling directly to an emerging market overseas, they get an insider’s perspective while building skills and connections they can carry into the future.”
Students can also take other courses focusing on global issues, such as international labor relations and employment law, to gain a broad understanding of the worldwide hospitality industry.
In keeping with SCS’s practice of offering professional graduate programs that tie to industry, the hospitality management program will partner with leading hospitality organizations to provide students with hands-on internships as well as career opportunities.
The D.C. metropolitan region is home to world-class tourist destinations, heritage sites and some of the world’s largest hospitality chains, including Marriott, Hilton, Urgo and Choice Hotels, among others.
Graduates of the program receive a Georgetown Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree.