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 1.2 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.
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 in turn 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.
Find out more about field education at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.