Hospitality management

From some of the world’s largest, high-class resorts and dining hot-spots to family-owned and run lodgings, graduates from the Iowa State University (ISU) hospitality management program are making their mark from coast to coast — and everywhere in between.

The hospitality management major at Iowa State is known world-wide for its excellence in research. It was recently ranked 15th among the world’s top 100 hospitality and tourism programs, according to the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research.

On campus, students have access to great learning labs, such as the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom — an approximately 100-seat dining facility. Our 200+ hospitality management students also benefit from smaller classroom sizes where faculty can get to know them.

Facilities and laboratories

Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a non-profit, teaching operation in a hands-on learning lab that serves approximately 100 guests. The Quantity Food Production and Service Management Experience class operates the Tearoom. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Program information

Hospitality management

Curriculum requirements
2020-21 catalog requirements (PDF)

4-Year plans
2020-21 sample 4-year plan (PDF)

#1 hospitality management program ranking!

College Factual’s 2019 rankings have listed ISU at No. 1 for the money and No. 4 best overall!

Get involved

Hospitality management study abroad programs

The hospitality management program offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office

Careers and internships

People with a hospitality degree are well-prepared for careers in hotel/restaurant are well-prepared for entrance in careers in hotel/restaurant management, tourism professions, and food service management.

Career services
Prepare for your next job or internship with Career Services, where staff help you with job and internship searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter reviews.

Look at a list of career possibilities inside the hospitality management industry.


Internships are available with Iowa State-affiliated groups such as Iowa State dining or hospitality units. Internships are often available with hotels, caterers, independent businesses, and country clubs to name just a few of the opportunities you will find. Students research potential internships and employers in two classes: AESHM 113, Professional Development, and AESHM 311, Seminar on Careers and Internships.

To apply for internships and full-time positions, use  CyHire, on-campus career fairs, career services, and talk to your internship coordinator.

See where other students have interned. Visit Career Connections.