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“Welcome to the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management!

Our school is the home of two undergraduate programs. The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Program and the Recreation and Tourism Management (RTM) Program. “


Life becomes an adventure…

..with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) from San Diego State. With a program that includes a four-year interdisciplinary degree, a research institute, continuing professional development, and the newly endowed The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Student Center for Professional Development, it’s almost guaranteed you’re going places…

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is tailored to meet both industry needs and student expectations. Our robust curriculum, both practical and visionary, ensures students graduate with a strong business foundation and a real understanding of industry complexities and demands.

But a degree from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is only one aspect of a student’s education. A strong leadership and business foundation is essential, but of equal importance is the extracurricular and experiential learning that goes with it. Our program includes four emphases:

  • Hotel Operations & Management
  • Meeting & Events Operations Management
  • Restaurant Operations & Management
  • Tribal Gaming Operations & Management.

During a student’s four years in HTM, they must complete two internships to earn a degree. With assistance from the new Student Center for Professional Development, HTM students obtain part-time and summer positions as well as full-time employment after graduation. Our typical student will work and volunteer over 2,000 hours while in school.

These professional development opportunities—combined with academically rigorous and challenging classes—set our program apart. Our strong focus on internship placements, mentoring, and volunteer involvement build critical professional competencies, positioning HTM graduates for long-term success.

How do we measure that success? The HTM program boasts a 99% placement rate for our graduates, bolstered in large part by our 67% correlation between internship and job placement. Many of our students start working with companies while still in our program; others gain employment after leaving our classrooms, equipped with the skill-set to thrive in the hospitality industry.

The vision of the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is to be “The most personalized school of its kind in developing hospitality leaders.” Both HTM Director Carl Winston and Brian Blake, director of the recently endowed J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Student Center for Professional Development, make it their personal mission to meet individually with students and customize their learning experiences. HTM’s dedicated faculty reflects that goal; they bring high-caliber credentials and industry savvy to the classroom, along with a strong commitment to empowering students for success. No other hospitality degree offers such a personalized level of professional development and career advising.

Life becomes an adventure..


A Career with Meaning

Recreation and tourism professionals enrich the lives of others by providing unforgettable experiences that build communities, breakdown cultural barriers, encourage healthy lifestyles and instil a love of the outdoors. We are in the business of making people happy by bringing fun and joy into their lives. The Recreation and Tourism Management (RTM) program develops the leadership and entrepreneurial skills you will need to pursue a career with meaning in recreation and tourism management.

The Recreation and Tourism Management (RTM) Program is in the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University.

Learning is of greatest importance here at San Diego State University and the Recreation and Tourism Management Program leads the university in developing cutting edge classes and adopting innovative teaching techniques.

In addition to providing a strong theoretical basis for our students, the RTM program equips students with practical skill sets applicable to their professional development. RTM students complete mandatory fieldwork/internship locally, nationally and internationally which often leads to full-time work at time of graduation. In order to engage our students in these endeavors our program sustains close relationships with industry bodies, government agencies, community organizations and our alumni. Personalized mentorship and support from our faculty and staff allows our students to be successful in academics and develop the necessary hands-on skills they will need on graduation.

L. Robert Payne School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

PSFA 436
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4514
Phone: (619) 594-4964
Fax: (619) 594-4443