Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) Program (H311)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality)
  • Code: H311
  • Credential:
    Honours Bachelor's Degree
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    4 years (8 semesters plus 2 co-op terms)
  • Centre:
  • School: Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $9,190.00 * † ‡
  • Experiential Learning:

    Co-op (Paid)

  • Fall 2021 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 3, 5, 7: Online
  • Winter 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 2, 6: Choice; Semester 4, 8: Online

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Advanced Standing students may be able to start in January

Program Overview

Do you want to become an entrepreneur in the Hospitality sector? 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.

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 employment1. In the Greater Toronto Area alone, the hospitality sector accounts for almost 329,000 jobs2.

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.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/econ40-eng.htm

http://www.toronto.ca/toronto_facts/entertainment_tourism.htm

Your Field Education 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 will 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.

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

Program 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.

Courses

Required Courses

YEAR 1

SEMESTER 1

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
ACCT1201 Financial Accounting
COMM1201 Business Communication
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 2

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

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
BBUS1007 Macroeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2108 Tourism in a Global Community
HOST2109 Food and Beverage Management
HOST1302 Accommodation Management
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
BBUS1006 Microeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2103 Customer Service
HOST3114 Business and Hospitality Law
HOST3103 Event Planning and Management
Liberal Studies Elective

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

Code Course Name
HOST2113 Financial Management
HOST3102 Consumer Behaviour
COMM2201 International Communications
LHUM1204 Spanish I
Or
LHUM1224 Mandarin I
HOST 3119 Decision Making

SEMESTER 6

Code Course Name
STAT1202 Statistics
HOST3113 Strategic Revenue Management
LHUM1214 Spanish II
Or
LHUM1225 Mandarin II
HOST4007 Innovation and Creativity
ELECTIVE Liberal Studies Elective

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

YEAR 4

SEMESTER 7

Code Course Name
HOST4101 Research: Concepts and Application I
HOST4111 Competitive Strategy for Integrated Hospitality Enterprises
HOST4104 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
HOST3117 Sales Management
ELECTIVE Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

Code Course Name
HOST4102 New Venture Development
HOST4112 Research: Concepts and Application II
HOST4113 Cases in Global Business Management
HOST4117 Managing Uncertainty: Enterprise Risk Management  (7 week course)
HOST4118 Managing Uncertainty: Crisis Management (7 week course)
HOST4103 E-Hospitality

*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.

Liberal Studies Classes

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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)

Educational Pathways

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.

ARTICULATION OPTIONS – UPGRADE YOUR DIPLOMA

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 School of Hospitality page or contact the program co-ordinator.

Pathways from Diploma to Degree Program

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.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$9,190.00 * † ‡

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 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.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

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.

OR

  • 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 English Proficiency page for more details.

Course Exemptions

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

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

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 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 Diploma to Degree page 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 to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Ministry of 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.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

DOMESTIC STUDENT ADMISSIONS

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

FINANCIAL/FEES

For inquiries about OSAP, bursaries, scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@georgebrown.ca 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 chcastudentsupport@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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Join us for an upcoming Discovery Day, where you will learn more about your area of interest, get a first-hand look at our facilities and meet with representatives from George Brown College.

Sign up for our Open House Discovery Day

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) Program (H311)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality)
  • Code: H311
  • Credential:
    Honours Bachelor's Degree
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    4 years (8 semesters plus 2 co-op terms)
  • Centre:
  • School: Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $9,145.00 * † ‡
  • Experiential Learning:

    Co-op (Paid)

  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Advanced Standing students may be able to start in January

Program Overview

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.

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 employment1. In the Greater Toronto Area alone, the hospitality sector accounts for almost 329,000 jobs2.

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.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/econ40-eng.htm

http://www.toronto.ca/toronto_facts/entertainment_tourism.htm

Your Field Education 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.

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

Program 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.

Courses

Required Courses

INFORMATION ABOUT FALL 2021

Information about the courses being delivered for this program in the Fall 2021 semester is now available.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FALL 2021 DELIVERY

YEAR 1

SEMESTER 1

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
ACCT1201 Financial Accounting
COMM1201 Business Communication
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 2

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

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
BBUS1007 Macroeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2108 Tourism in a Global Community
HOST2109 Food and Beverage Management
HOST1302 Accommodation Management
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
BBUS1006 Microeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2103 Customer Service
HOST3114 Business and Hospitality Law
HOST3103 Event Planning and Management
Liberal Studies Elective

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST2113 Financial Management
HOST3102 Consumer Behaviour
COMM2201 International Communications
LHUM1204 Spanish I
Or
LHUM1224 Mandarin I
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
STAT1202 Statistics
HOST3113 Strategic Revenue Management
LHUM1214 Spanish II
Or
LHUM1225 Mandarin II
ELECTIVE Liberal Studies Elective
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

YEAR 4

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST4101 Research: Concepts and Application I
HOST4111 Competitive Strategy for Integrated Hospitality Enterprises
HOST4104 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective
ELECTIVE Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST4102 New Venture Development
HOST4112 Research: Concepts and Application II
HOST4113 Cases in Global Business Management
HOST4117 Managing Uncertainty: Enterprise Risk Management
HOST4118 Managing Uncertainty: Crisis Management
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 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.

Liberal Studies Classes

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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)

Educational Pathways

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.

ARTICULATION OPTIONS – UPGRADE YOUR DIPLOMA

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 georgebrown.ca/hospitality or contact the program co-ordinator.

Pathways from Diploma to Degree Program

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.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$9,145.00 * † ‡

Additional Costs

* 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.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

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.

OR

  • 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 georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

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

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

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 georgebrown.ca/hospitality/programs/diploma2degree 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 to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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.

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Ministry of 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.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

DOMESTIC STUDENT ADMISSIONS

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

FINANCIAL/FEES

For inquiries about OSAP, bursaries, scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@georgebrown.ca 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 hospitality@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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Join us for an upcoming Discovery Day, where you will learn more about your area of interest, get a first-hand look at our facilities and meet with representatives from George Brown College.

Sign up for our Open House Discovery Day

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Program
(Hospitality)
(H311)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Code: H311
  • Credential:
    Honours Bachelor's Degree
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    4 years (8 semesters plus 2 co-op terms)
  • Centre:
  • School: Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $9,992.00 * † ‡
  • Experiential Learning:

    Co-op (Paid)

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Advanced Standing students may be able to start in January

Program Overview

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.

Full Description

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.

[i]http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/econ40-eng.htm

[iii]http://www.toronto.ca/toronto_facts/entertainment_tourism.htm

Your Field Education 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 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.

Program 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 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.

Courses

Required Courses

YEAR 1

SEMESTER 1

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
ACCT1201 Financial Accounting
COMM1201 Business Communication
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 2

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

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
BBUS1007 Macroeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2108 Tourism in a Global Community
HOST2109 Food and Beverage Management
HOST1302 Accommodation Management
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
BBUS1006 Microeconomics: Canada in Global Environment
HOST2103 Customer Service
HOST3114 Business and Hospitality Law
HOST3103 Event Planning and Management
Liberal Studies Elective

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST2113 Financial Management
HOST3102 Consumer Behaviour
COMM2201 International Communications
LHUM1204 Spanish I
  Or
LHUM1224 Mandarin I
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
STAT1202 Statistics
HOST3113 Strategic Revenue Management
LHUM1214 Spanish II
  Or
LHUM1225 Mandarin II
ELECTIVE Liberal Studies Elective
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective

WORK EXPERIENCE

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

YEAR 4

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST4101 Research: Concepts and Application I
HOST4111 Competitive Strategy for Integrated Hospitality Enterprises
HOST4104 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
ELECTIVE Hospitality Elective
ELECTIVE Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

semester courses
Code Course Name
HOST4102 New Venture Development
HOST4112 Research: Concepts and Application II
HOST4113 Cases in Global Business Management
HOST4117 Managing Uncertainty: Enterprise Risk Management
HOST4118 Managing Uncertainty: Crisis Management
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 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.

List of Liberal Studies Classes

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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)

Educational Pathways

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.

ARTICULATION OPTIONS – UPGRADE YOUR DIPLOMA

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 georgebrown.ca/hospitality or contact the program co-ordinator.

Pathways from Diploma to Degree Program

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.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$9,992.00 * † ‡

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 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.

International Students

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

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.

OR

  • 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 georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

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

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

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 3.0 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 georgebrown.ca/hospitality/programs/diploma2degree 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 to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

If you are an international applicant, please contact the International Centre at internationalcentre@georgebrown.ca.

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.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

Contact Gary Hoyer or Paula Johnson, Degree Program Co-ordinators, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Email: ghoyer@georgebrown.ca or pjohnson@georgebrown.ca (for program-specific enquiries only)

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

For additional information about George Brown College (including admissions, financial assistance or fee payment enquiries), please call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

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