Hospitality Management Certificate Program

About The Program

See the article about this program on the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) website!

Hospitality has become an economic mainstay of Northern California. The hospitality sector, which ranges from the lodging and dining industry to the casino industry, has generated a a vast number of employment opportunities in Northern California including the new casino in Rohnert Park. 

In response to the growing needs of talented and trained employees from the local hospitality and tourism sector, the Hospitality Management Certificate Program is designed to offer an overview of hospitality management. A variety of hospitality industry sectors such as hotels, restaurants, meetings and conventions, event management, cruise lines, are discussed in detail. 

Key Benefits of SSU Hospitality Management Certificate Program:

  • The focus on the business aspects of hospitality management gives students an in-depth overview
  • Covers significant and emerging hospitality management topics such as hospitality management leadership and branding using a number of case studies
  • Provides great network opportunities with diverse local hospitality business operators ranging from event planners to general managers of local hotels
  • Create a dynamic and interactive learning environment through small class size
  • Learn real-world hospitality management from a variety of guest speakers who take leadership positions in the hospitality business

This certificate program helps students better understand the nature of the multifaceted hospitality industry and the functions of each hospitality segment.  This course is designed to aid students toward advancement or find their career opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry. A Certificate of Completion, endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is awarded after successful completion of the course. 

Noncredit Certificate Program: 3.6 CEUs
No prerequisites

"The hospitality & tourism industry in California continues to grow and with that, there is an increasing need for hospitality education and training. Programs such as the Hospitality Management Certificate at Sonoma State, are providing students with a broad picture of the range of career pathways available in the industry. I have heard from hotel managers and human resource professionals who are thrilled that the hospitality industry is being recognized for the wonderful career opportunities it holds, and look forward to seeing an increased hiring pool of individuals who are taking advantage of these new educational opportunities."

-- ­Susan Ragatz, Education Director, California Hotel & Lodging Association.

View the Press Democrat article about the program.

Class Times Fall Semester 2014
Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014
7 pm- 9:40 pm, Salazar Hall 2019  
no class Nov. 11


Faculty Member
Kyuho Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Office: Stevenson 2026C
Office Hours: By appointment

Required Textbook: 
Hospitality Today. An Introduction; Angelo, R.M. & Vladimir (2010)

Supplemental Textbook: 
Setting the Table: The Transforming of Hospitality in Business; Meyer, D. (2006)

Information Meeting

Info meeting times and locations can be found here.

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Courses By Term

Fall 2014