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

Program Description

Program Overview

This program is eligible for an entrance scholarship.

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 the industry.

Full Description

Continued advances in the hospitality industry have 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.



Note: George Brown College has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. As a result, we no longer have computer lab classrooms. For classes that require computers, students will need to bring their own laptops. Our Library Learning Commons offers open access computers as well as equipment that can be borrowed on a short-term basis. For more information, please contact The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at chcastudentsupport@georgebrown.ca

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 program's learning outcomes. This valuable work experience can be added to your resumé.

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

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 the 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.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Graduates of our Hospitality degree program can pursue a wide range of career opportunities across the hospitality sector. 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

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 pursuing a master's degree or postgraduate education.

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, Toronto Metropolitan 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 per cent ("B" grade) or higher to gain exemptions. A special semester delivered from May to August will help you fast-track into the program. Visit the School of Hospitality page or contact the program coordinator.

Pathways from Diploma to Degree Program

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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