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Experience small class sizes to enrich your learning experience in addition to a location in the heart of the hospitality industry. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality develops exceptional decision making and problem-solving skills. We prepare hospitality business leaders and owners to thrive in a complex and dynamic industry and combine experiential learning through four-month paid terms working full-time in industry.

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Program name
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality)
Experiential learning
Co-op (Paid)
4 years (8 semesters plus 2 co-op terms)
Starting month
Honours Bachelor's Degree
Method of study

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Explosive growth in the hospitality industry has led to larger and more complex hospitality enterprises and 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 in the hospitality sector. The employment prospects in this sector are outstanding. In Canada, the hospitality industry employs more than 1.2 million people, representing over 7 per cent of all employment[i]. In the Greater Toronto Area alone, the hospitality sector accounts for almost 329,000 jobs[ii].

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, marketing, facilities, risk management, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

In addition, the curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide flexible student learning- Courses are offered in online and in-class hybrid format throughout the program to accommodate the paid work placements. Semester 7 is delivered completely online.
  • Integrate knowledge and practical applications developed through projects and experiential learning in two paid work placements.
  • Build strong management and leadership abilities, with every student working on projects individually and with team members.



Experiential Learning

Co-op (Paid)

Your Field Study options

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can be added to your resume.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide learning opportunities with real-world challenges and clients.

Applied Learning – Benefit from Hands-on Training

Co-operative education is an important component of this degree program. Students spend at least two four-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.

CHCA students can also participate in several short study abroad opportunities. Our options change often, but in recent years have included Peru, Europe, Spain, Costa Rica, India, Thailand and trips across Canada. Some trips are purely experiential learning, while others provide you with the opportunity to receive credit for a course in your program.

Find out more about field education at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess the impact and implications of external environmental factors on the hospitality industry, its sectors, organizations and stakeholders.
  2. Explain the results of original research that has been conducted using social science research principles and methods.
  3. Apply management knowledge and technical ability for effective operation and organization of a variety of hospitality enterprises.
  4. Justify ideas generated, decisions made and actions taken to address business opportunities, challenges, risks and crises.
  5. Interpret quantitative and qualitative data to support business decisions, operations, and strategic initiatives.
  6. Present information clearly, concisely, persuasively, professionally and respectfully using appropriate and alternative modes/means of communication in a variety of hospitality contexts and situations.
  7. Display ethical behaviour and social responsibility in personal and professional pursuits.
  8. Design creative marketing, sales and customer service strategies for chosen market segments.
  9. Apply strategies to keep current in the field, respond effectively to change, and support personal and professional development.

Required Courses



semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOSF1146Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR
HOST1068Smart Serve
HOST1195Introduction to Business Management
HOST1196Organizational Behaviour
HOST1197Skills for Success
ACCT1201Financial Accounting
COMM1201Business Communication
Liberal Studies Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ACCT1202Managerial Accounting
HOST1204Introduction to the Global Hospitality Industry
HRM1201Human Resources Management
MARK1201Marketing Management
Liberal Studies Elective



semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BBUS1007Macroeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2108Tourism in a Global Community
HOST2109Food and Beverage Management
HOST1302Accommodation Management
Liberal Studies Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BBUS1006Microeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2103Customer Service
HOST3114Business and Hospitality Law
HOST3103Event Planning and Management
Liberal Studies Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HCOP1001Co-op Work Term I (minimum 14 weeks: 520 hours)



semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST2113Financial Management
HOST3102Consumer Behaviour
COMM2201International Communications
LHUM1204Spanish I
LHUM1224Mandarin I
ELECTIVEHospitality Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST3113Strategic Revenue Management
LHUM1214Spanish II
LHUM1225Mandarin II
ELECTIVELiberal Studies Elective
ELECTIVEHospitality Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HCOP2001Co-op Work Term II (minimum 14 weeks: 520 hours)



semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST4101Research: Concepts and Application I
HOST4111Competitive Strategy for Integrated Hospitality Enterprises
HOST4104Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
ELECTIVEHospitality Elective
ELECTIVELiberal Studies Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST4102New Venture Development
HOST4112Research: Concepts and Application II
HOST4113Cases in Global Business Management
HOST4117Managing Uncertainty: Enterprise Risk Management
HOST4118Managing Uncertainty: Crisis Management
ELECTIVEHospitality Elective

*To graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 (grade of C+). The course passing grade is a D, 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

Your Career

Graduates of our Hospitality Degree program can pursue a wide range of career opportunities across hospitality sectors. Many of our graduates are hired for supervisory and managerial positions soon after graduation with starting salaries as high as $50,000, depending on experience, position and employer.

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

Student exchange: The Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program now offers a student exchange with Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England. Eligible students may study for one or two semesters abroad in their second year of study.

Graduates of the program can continue their studies by pursing a master's degree or post-graduate education.

Educational/Degree Pathway

Graduates of the Hospitality degree program have pursued advanced degrees with our partner universities, IMI and Manchester University as well as institutions such as: University of Guelph, Ryerson University, University of Waterloo, Royal Roads University and Queen's University. Acceptance to graduate studies is subject to institutions' admission criteria and entry requirements.


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 3.0 GPA to qualify and class grades of 73% ("B" grade) or higher to gain exemptions. A special semester delivered from May to August will help you fast track into the program. Visit or contact the program co-ordinator.

Pathways from Diploma to Degree Program


$9,145.00 * † ‡

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 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.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

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
    • Grade 12 (U) Mathematics
    • A grade of 65% or higher is required in English and Math
    • Post-secondary courses in English and Mathematics will be considered (certain courses only)
    • Recommended courses: basic computer software applications.

    ** There is no mature student testing available in the required credits for degree programs. Mature applicants must have the English and Math credits required. Mature student applicants, who require Grade 12 University (U-level) credits for their application to a George Brown degree program, may consider completing our on-campus Degree Preparation (U-level) Courses at no extra cost. Additional information on where and how to upgrade can be found on the English and Math upgrading pages.

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 84 overall and 21 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60)

Proficiency in English communication is necessary for success in this program.

Please visit for more details.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Special Requirements

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 Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program for September. Please visit for more information.

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.

How Do I Apply to the Program

You apply to the program through the Ontario College Application Service at If you are an international applicant, please contact the International Centre at

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a 7–year term starting December 19, 2019. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

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)

Contact Us


For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions web page.


For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits, visas, accommodations or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at or visit the International Application Process web page.


For inquiries about OSAP, bursaries, scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid web page.

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) (H311)

For general School of Hospitality and Tourism Management related inquiries, please contact

For program curriculum inquiries, please contact the Co-ordinator:

Gary Hoyer, Program Co-ordinator



Paula Johnson, Program Co-ordinator

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.

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