Hotel & Restaurant Management

The places where we gather to eat, relax, or stay all require talented individuals to keep their businesses successful. Discover how we combine the teaching of business with culinary appreciation to prepare you for a career in hotel and restaurant management.

Enhance your Hotel & Restaurant Management skills

In this program, you can:

  • Develop quick decision-making skills and an appreciation of customer service—both of which you’ll need for hotel, resort, and casino management
  • Study sanitation and safety, event management, leadership and organizational development, hospitality information systems, and more
  • Examine front-room and front-office procedures and gain a working knowledge of the kitchen preparation process and other essential behind-the-scenes operations
  • Learn from seasoned professionals with hotel and restaurant management experience

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level positions in Hotel and Restaurant Management, including:

  • Banquet Manager
  • Dining Room Manager
  • Meeting/Event Planner

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that’s right for you.

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Course listing

The courses in the Bachelor’s in Hotel & Restaurant Management are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Ms. Beth Dugan

Ms. Dugan obtained her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the industry, including management level positions at Sheraton Hotel and other hotels and restaurants. She has also worked in operations, financial management, and marketing in several of her positions.

As the owner of FoodWrite, Ms. Dugan has written texts, software manuals, articles, and trade show sheets for culinary professionals; this work compliments her private publications and referred journal articles in the industry. In addition, Ms. Dugan has more than twenty years experience teaching culinary and hospitality management at the college level for a number of schools, including The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. Ms. Dugan has served as a Subject Matter Expert for a number of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division’s online courses and as a reviewer for all new and redeveloped culinary online courses. She created the curriculum map for the online Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management program, ensuring that all of the competencies were met via assignments. She is an active member of the Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (CHRIE), and frequently donates her culinary expertise to local charity fundraisers.

Mr. Seth Selke

Mr. Selke received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Learning Management at Walden University. Before accepting a full time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, Mr. Selke taught a variety of business and technology courses for Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, Indiana. He is a co-author of the publication "Crossing the Digital Divide: The Application of Effective and Efficient Technology Strategies for Graduate Students" (2006) and presented it at the Second Annual Conference on Applied Management and Decision Sciences. He is a regular presenter at doctoral residencies for Walden University.

Erin Oeser

Erin has over twenty-two years of service in the Hospitality Industry and currently using this industry experience to teach for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. She has been teaching for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division since 2004 and has taught a wide range on course over her time with this school. Before working for Ai Pittsburgh - Online Division, Erin worked for The Art Institute of Houston teaching culinary classes in Management by Menu, Human Resources, Career Development, Internship, Leadership, Food and Beverage, Catering and Banquets, and Sanitation. Before going into teaching she spent most of her tenure in the industry working for the Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks Hotel in Houston, TX as a catering sales manager and a convention services manager. Erin has also worked for Omni Hotels and Resorts in Chicago, Coach USA/Gray Line Tours, The Houstonian Hotel in Houston, TX, and Club Meditation Resort in Florida. Erin holds a Masters of Business Administration/Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix were she was able to experience online education as a student. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston with a minor in psychology.

Diane Lee Heron

Diana's educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Bowling Green State University, Ohio 1988, MBA, Tiffin University, Ohio 2007, and PhD-Business Administration-Specializing in Organizational Leadership, North Central University, currently ABD. Her professional experience consists of being a General Manager with Marriott International, 1988-2003. Affiliated with Certified Human Resource Executive (CHRE), Hospitality Educators of the Mid-Atlantic Region (HEMAR), and American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). She has experience teaching in the classroom and online at several colleges since 2005 and has been working with AI since 2010.

Hotel & Restaurant Management degree requirements

As a prerequisite for admission to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division, students must be a high school graduate with a minimum, cumulative, final high school CGPA of 2.0 or higher, or hold a General Education Development GED Certificate, or associate's degree or higher.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Software requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or higher)
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum technology requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor, Windows 7 with SP 1, 4 GB RAM, 20 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit color, 256 MB VRAM, OpenGL 2.0–capable system.

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

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