Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Hospitality) (Fast-Track) (H312)

Program Description

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 Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (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

This fast-track program is designed for students with a two-year Hospitality diploma or degree in a related field wishing to pursue a degree in business focusing on hospitality.

Qualified applicants who have completed one of the following diploma programs may be eligible:

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) (Fast-Track) students will complete a bridging semester from May to August and then go on to complete all outstanding credits toward their degree. This pathway will give students an opportunity to earn a degree credential in two additional years, plus the one summer semester, or more, depending on the total transferable credits granted (please see "How to Qualify" and "Apply" section for specific admission requirements).

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

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 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 two paid summer 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.



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

Students spend one paid term working full-time in the industry, giving them a chance to apply the knowledge they have acquired in a real-life, hands-on situation.

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.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Graduates of our Honours 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:

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

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 the 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.

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

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.

Latest alumni stories 

"My learning experience at George Brown College has led me to new heights in my 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 and 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
Honours Bachelor's Degree

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