Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) (H311)

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality)
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
St. James Campus
4 years (8 semesters plus 2 co-op terms)
September (Advanced Standing students may be able to start in January)
Honours Bachelor's Degree
Our mission: the delivery of passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and culinary experience. We are anchored in the heart of the Canadian hospitality and culinary industry but with global reach and influence. This is the place for discovering unmatched opportunities for exceptional graduates. Get ready to join the world’s most exciting industry with a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality). The explosive growth in the hospitality industry has led to larger and more complex hospitality enterprises and a greater demand for managers with advanced critical thinking skills and the business and leadership skills to make these organizations successful.

Full Program Descriptions


Explosive growth in the hospitality industry has led to larger and more complex hospitality enterprises, and an increased demand for well-educated professionals with analytical skills capable of leading them. That’s where George Brown’s Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) comes in.

The program is designed to teach you how to plan and manage complex integrated hospitality operations so that you can become one of the skilled, knowledgeable leaders the hospitality sector is pursuing. The employment prospects in this sector are outstanding. In Canada, the hospitality industry employs more than 1.1 million people, representing over 6 per cent of all employment[i], and estimates indicate year-over-year job growth of 46% in the sector[ii]. In the Greater Toronto Area alone, the hospitality sector accounts for almost 224,000 jobs[iii].




Institute of Hospitality Program Accreditation Institute-of-Hospitality-logo

A Comprehensive Curriculum

The curriculum has been developed to prepare students for management, supervisory and administrative careers through training in analysis and problem-solving, critical thinking, integrated operations, customer management and international applications. Students will become technically proficient in the major components of a hospitality business, including operational processes, finance, human resources, facilities, risk management, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

In addition, the curriculum is designed to:

  • Integrate knowledge and practical applications developed through projects and hands-on experience in two paid work placements at the end of the second and third years.
  • Build strong management abilities, with every student working on projects individually and with team members.

Applied Learning – Benefit from Hands-on Training

Co-operative education is an important component of this degree program. Students spend at least two 4-month paid terms working full-time in industry, giving them a chance to apply the knowledge they have acquired in a real-life, hands-on situation. Students obtain practical experience and further develop their skills – an asset for our graduates and their future employers. Students also establish valuable contacts with potential employers, and many graduates find full-time employment with their co-op employer.

Field Education 


Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College degree program is designed to deliver degree-level, discipline-specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

Degree learning outcomes must include exposure to a breadth of learning beyond the core disciplinary or vocational field of a program, to increase students’ awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 



semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1145 Sanitation
HOSF1146 Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR
HOST1068 Smart Serve
HOST1195 Introduction to Business Management
HOST1196 Organizational Behaviour
HOST1197 Skills for Success in the BBA-H
ACCT1201 Financial Accounting
COMM1201 Business Communication
Liberal Arts Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
ACCT1202 Managerial Accounting
HOST1204 Introduction to the Global Hospitality Industry
HRM1201 Human Resources Management
MARK1201 Marketing Management
Liberal Arts Elective



semester courses
Code Course Name
BBUS1007 Macroeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2102 Introduction to Culinary Operations Management
HOST2103 Customer Service
HOST3114 Business and Hospitality Law
Liberal Arts Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
BBUS1006 Microeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
COMM2201 International Communications
HRM1201 Human Resources Management
HOST3103 Event Planning and Management
Liberal Arts Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
HCOP1001 Co-op Work Term I (minimum 14 weeks: 520 hours)



semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST2113 Financial Management
HOST3112 Intergration of Food & Wine: Global Perspectives
HOST3102 Consumer Behaviour
HOST3117 Sales Management
LHUM1204 Spanish I
LHUM1224 Mandarin I
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
STAT1202 Statistics
HOST3113 Strategic Revenue Management
COMM3201 Organizational Behaviour & Communication
LHUM1214 Spanish II
LHUM1225 Mandarin II
ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
 ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
HCOP2001 Co-op Work Term II (minimum 14 weeks: 520 hours)



semester courses
Code Course Name
LHUM1212 Journeys in Writing: Exploring Travel Stories
HOST4101 Research: Concepts and Application I
HOST4102 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development
HOST4103 Integrated E-Marketing: A Strategic Approach
HOST4104 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility 
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST4111 Competitive Strategy for Hospitality Enterprises
HOST4112 Research: Concepts and Application II 
HOST4113 Cases in Global Business Management
HOST4114 Strategic Crisis Management
HOST4115 Culture and Heritage Tourism
ELECTIVE  Hospitality Elective

*To graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 (grade of C+). The course passing grade is a C, except for Liberal Studies courses, for which it is a D.

Liberal Studies courses (listed as electives) are an important part of the program, designed to increase awareness of the society and culture in which students live and work. They strengthen skills in areas of critical analysis, problem-solving and communication through an exploration of topics of broad-based personal and societal importance.

Detailed course outlines

List of Liberal Studies Classes

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 


Do you have a two-year Hospitality diploma? Ask about our articulation options into the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program, an opportunity to upgrade to a degree. You must have a minimum 2.7 GPA to qualify and class grades of 73% ("B" grade) or higher to gain exemptions. A special semester delivered in May – August will help you fast track into the program. Visit georgebrown.ca/hospitality or contact the program co-ordinator.

Pathways from Diploma to Degree Program

Your Career 

Coming out of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program, you’ll be ready to step into multiple roles within a multifaceted hospitality operation. Many of our graduates are now working in supervisory and management positions, while others have reached more senior level corporate positions in large hospitality enterprises.

There are many career opportunities awaiting you in the diverse sectors of the hospitality industry:

  • travel (airlines, cruise ships, railways, bus coach, ecotourism)
  • accommodations (hotels, motels, resorts)
  • food service (restaurants, catering, clubs and managed services)
  • sports and recreation (attractions, gaming, parks, recreation)
  • assembly and event management (meetings, conventions, expositions, special events)

Future Study Options 

Niagara University, a leading hospitality school in New York State, will grant George Brown College applied degree graduates direct entry to a master’s degree program. Graduates may also be eligible to apply to the Master’s of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism at the Royal Roads University, and the University of Guelph.

Tuition and Fees


$9,038.00 * † ‡

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

Fees for this program do not include the cost of the co-op work term.

‡ Students should also expect to pay approximately $500 for textbooks and $100 for field trips and industry site visits per semester. International students please check with the International Centre at 416-415-5000, ext. 2115.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a 5–year term starting September 5, 2014. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, George Brown will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. George Brown will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses, or equivalent, including: Grade 12 (U) English and any Grade 12 (U) Mathematics.
  • A grade of 60 or higher in English and Math
  • An overall average of 65% in six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses.
  • Recommended courses: basic computer software applications.


  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD):
    • Grade 12 (U) English and any Grade 12 (U) Mathematics are required
    • A grade of 65% or higher is required in English and Math
    • Post-secondary courses in English and Mathematics with a grade of B or higher will be considered.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

English language proficiency required

George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 580 (Paper), 237 (Computer), 92 overall and 22 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60);

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Note: There is no admissions assessment (testing) for this program. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available for this program, final student selection will be based on overall academic standing and/or grades in the required courses.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

Applicants with a two-year Hospitality diploma

Do you have a minimum two-year Hospitality diploma?  Consider our (H312) Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) bridging program. Qualified applicants who have achieved an overall GPA of 2.7 in their diploma program, and a 3.0 GPA in specific transferrable courses,  may be considered for this unique program.  Qualified applicants will take bridging courses from May to August, and would then be granted advanced standing into the Honours Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program for September. Please visit http://www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality/programs/diploma2degree/ for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

You apply to the program through the Ontario College Application Service at ontariocolleges.ca. If you are an international applicant, please contact the International Centre at internationalcentre@georgebrown.ca.

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Health Policy  

Students should be aware that various allergens, including nuts, dairy and shellfish, are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

Student Success

Success Stories  

"My learning experience at George Brown College has led me to new heights in my personal and professional career. One of the many key attributes to my learning experience was the co-op opportunities the college has to offer in collaboration with their industry partners. I embraced the opportunity to have two co-op placements throughout my degree. Both co-op opportunities further enhanced the learning experience and made it easy to get exposure to the real-life workforce.

"The faculty members at the college do not only educate but they mentor students. I can think of a number of situations in which faculty provided invaluable advice and knowledge on leadership, career advancement and industry trends. All of this support has continued to help grow my resume and personality."

Audrius Valiulis (Graduate 2013)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Gary Hoyer or Paula Johnson-Tew, Degree Program Co-ordinators, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, at 416-415-5000,
Email: ghoyer@georgebrown.ca or pjohnson@georgebrown.ca.

If you are an international applicant, please contact the International Centre at 416-415-5000, ext. 2115 or email internationalcentre@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.