Hospitality & Tourism Management Degree

The Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) is a business oriented degree program that prepares students to be industry leaders in the areas of hotel management, restaurant management, meetings and events or tribal gaming. Faculty and staff incorporate a customized learning experience for each student that includes rigorous coursework, practical application, personal assessments and professional guidance from industry leaders.

The Payne School utilizes San Diego, a top tourist destination as its learning lab and requires students to complete a minimum of 1,000+ hours of hospitality related work experience prior to graduation. 99% of Payne School graduates receive job offers or enter management training programs upon completion of the HTM degree program.

Students in business attire in outdoor hotel lounge area

Hotel Management

Students focus on the daily operations of hotels, motels, resorts, or any other lodging property. Study includes sales, marketing, finances, employee relations, customer service, and overall property operations.

Hotel Management Degree Requirements

Degree Learning Outcomes

Degree Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply theory to explain the systemic frameworks of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  2. Articulate the regional, national, and global impacts of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  3. Identify key questions and information needs, and evaluate information sources to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism topics and issues.
  4. Apply financial information to make informed decisions for hospitality, recreation, and tourism businesses.
  5. Address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues by conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to draw insightful conclusions.
  6. Synthesize knowledge and skills to create new ideas, practices, and outcomes to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues.
  7. Practice the delivery of technical and functional operations to meet organizational goals.
  8. Assess the performance effectiveness of current hospitality, recreation, and tourism practices, procedures, and plans through research and data evaluation.
  9. Express ideas in appropriate communication forms with focus on context, language, supporting data, organization, and delivery.
  10. In the context of hospitality, recreation, and tourism, explicate the interconnectivity between humans and their environments.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of different disciplinary approaches to solving complex issues.
  12. Analyze the impact of hospitality, recreation, and tourism activities on increasing cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills, and cultural metacognition.
  13. Practice self-assessment and self-development as part of lifelong learning.
  14. Analyze scientific, political, technical, legal, and ethical dimensions of environmental protection and visitor management.
  15. Apply hospitality, recreation, and tourism principles and practices to plan programs and manage resources for individual and community well-being.
  16. Customize personal career pathway to develop realistic goals in preparation for employment in hospitality, recreation, and tourism settings.

Hotel Management Career Paths


    Hotel Manager

    Director of Revenue Management

    Hotel Owner

    Sales Manager

    Business Development Manager

    International Training Facilitator

    Acquisition Analyst

    Ecommerce Sales

    Director of Purchasing

    Human Resource Manager

Students in business attire

Restaurant Management

Students focus on food service principles to operate casual and fine dining restaurants. Study includes cost/volume/profit relationships, forecasting demand and market share, market niche/positioning, sanitation and safety, menu research, menu design, scheduling, quality management, customer service, technology, and ambience/environment.

Restaurant Management Degree Requirements

Degree Learning Outcomes

Degree Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply theory to explain the systemic frameworks of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  2. Articulate the regional, national, and global impacts of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  3. Identify key questions and information needs, and evaluate information sources to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism topics and issues.
  4. Apply financial information to make informed decisions for hospitality, recreation, and tourism businesses.
  5. Address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues by conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to draw insightful conclusions.
  6. Synthesize knowledge and skills to create new ideas, practices, and outcomes to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues.
  7. Practice the delivery of technical and functional operations to meet organizational goals.
  8. Assess the performance effectiveness of current hospitality, recreation, and tourism practices, procedures, and plans through research and data evaluation.
  9. Express ideas in appropriate communication forms with focus on context, language, supporting data, organization, and delivery.
  10. In the context of hospitality, recreation, and tourism, explicate the interconnectivity between humans and their environments.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of different disciplinary approaches to solving complex issues.
  12. Analyze the impact of hospitality, recreation, and tourism activities on increasing cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills, and cultural metacognition.
  13. Practice self-assessment and self-development as part of lifelong learning.
  14. Analyze scientific, political, technical, legal, and ethical dimensions of environmental protection and visitor management.
  15. Apply hospitality, recreation, and tourism principles and practices to plan programs and manage resources for individual and community well-being.
  16. Customize personal career pathway to develop realistic goals in preparation for employment in hospitality, recreation, and tourism settings.

Restaurant Management Career Paths


    Food & Beverage Manager

    Restaurant Owner

    Restaurant Manager

    Restaurant Operations Supervisor

    Brewery Restaurant Manager

    Club Manager

    Wine and Spirits Director

    Beverage Sales Manger

    Beverage Distributor

Professionally set table overlooking ocean

Meetings & Events

Students focus on the elements, planning, and production of all types of events. Study includes sales, marketing, budgeting, site acquisition, negotiation strategy, operations, project management, and staffing.

Meetings & Events Degree Requirements

Degree Learning Outcomes

Degree Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply theory to explain the systemic frameworks of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  2. Articulate the regional, national, and global impacts of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  3. Identify key questions and information needs, and evaluate information sources to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism topics and issues.
  4. Apply financial information to make informed decisions for hospitality, recreation, and tourism businesses.
  5. Address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues by conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to draw insightful conclusions.
  6. Synthesize knowledge and skills to create new ideas, practices, and outcomes to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues.
  7. Practice the delivery of technical and functional operations to meet organizational goals.
  8. Assess the performance effectiveness of current hospitality, recreation, and tourism practices, procedures, and plans through research and data evaluation.
  9. Express ideas in appropriate communication forms with focus on context, language, supporting data, organization, and delivery.
  10. In the context of hospitality, recreation, and tourism, explicate the interconnectivity between humans and their environments.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of different disciplinary approaches to solving complex issues.
  12. Analyze the impact of hospitality, recreation, and tourism activities on increasing cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills, and cultural metacognition.
  13. Practice self-assessment and self-development as part of lifelong learning.
  14. Analyze scientific, political, technical, legal, and ethical dimensions of environmental protection and visitor management.
  15. Apply hospitality, recreation, and tourism principles and practices to plan programs and manage resources for individual and community well-being.
  16. Customize personal career pathway to develop realistic goals in preparation for employment in hospitality, recreation, and tourism settings.

Meetings & Events Career Paths


    Marketing and Events Manager

    Special Events Coordinator

    Corporate Event Manager

    Non-Profit Event Manger or Specialist

    Wedding Planner

    Bridal Sales Manager

    Client Relations Manager

    Convention Center Manager

    Logistics Coordinator

    Community Relations Coordinator

Students with tribal gaming director

Tribal Gaming

Students focus on cultural and political contexts; casino operations; legal and regulatory issues; marketing; and public relations in tribal gaming. Study includes governance; community and regional impact; customer relations; facility management; employee relations; and security.

Tribal Gaming Degree Requirements

Degree Learning Outcomes

Degree Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply theory to explain the systemic frameworks of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  2. Articulate the regional, national, and global impacts of the hospitality, recreation, and tourism industry.
  3. Identify key questions and information needs, and evaluate information sources to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism topics and issues.
  4. Apply financial information to make informed decisions for hospitality, recreation, and tourism businesses.
  5. Address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues by conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis to draw insightful conclusions.
  6. Synthesize knowledge and skills to create new ideas, practices, and outcomes to address hospitality, recreation, and tourism issues.
  7. Practice the delivery of technical and functional operations to meet organizational goals.
  8. Assess the performance effectiveness of current hospitality, recreation, and tourism practices, procedures, and plans through research and data evaluation.
  9. Express ideas in appropriate communication forms with focus on context, language, supporting data, organization, and delivery.
  10. In the context of hospitality, recreation, and tourism, explicate the interconnectivity between humans and their environments.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of different disciplinary approaches to solving complex issues.
  12. Analyze the impact of hospitality, recreation, and tourism activities on increasing cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills, and cultural metacognition.
  13. Practice self-assessment and self-development as part of lifelong learning.
  14. Analyze scientific, political, technical, legal, and ethical dimensions of environmental protection and visitor management.
  15. Apply hospitality, recreation, and tourism principles and practices to plan programs and manage resources for individual and community well-being.
  16. Customize personal career pathway to develop realistic goals in preparation for employment in hospitality, recreation, and tourism settings.

Tribal Gaming Career Paths


    Casino Manager

    Corporate Slot Analyst

    Gaming Operations Specialist