Hospitality Leadership

Meet the demand for management-level hospitality professionals with a hospitality leadership major or minor. Our market-driven curriculum will give you the skills to succeed in the hospitality industry.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 125 (18 for minor)

Why Study Hospitality Leadership at Wilkes?

The hospitality leadership program at Wilkes gives you a distinct advantage in a hospitality management career. Our program is specifically designed to meet the growing demands for well-trained management candidates in the hospitality industry. You will learn core business concepts while developing the technical skills, decision-making processes and problem-solving tactics necessary as a hospitality management professional.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a Hospitality Leadership Student?

  • Apply analytical thinking, business concepts and management theories in hospitality decisions and problems.
  • Analyze principles of effective communication, leadership and teamwork and learn how they are used in diverse hospitality business environments.
  • Develop critical thinking and analysis skills needed to make effective and ethical decisions as a hospitality management professional.

Program Highlights

Professional Certifications

Bolster your resume with two professional certifications earned throughout your coursework: Certification in Hospitality industry Analytics and Social Media Certification.


Gain hands-on experience in the hospitality industry with multiple internships in the field. Recent internships include Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Mohegan Sun Pocono and Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.


Explore your field further, gain a deeper understanding of the industry, and present your findings at local and national conferences by joining a research project.


of students complete at least two internships before they graduate


professional certifications earned during the program


years of the Sidhu School's exclusive Personal and Professional Development Program


The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is housed in the beautiful 80,000-square-foot Simms Center on Main. The $3 million state-of-the-art facility includes the Cardell Financial Center, which connects students to the finance world with state-of-the-art technology that provides real-time data and news. Located on the first floor of the Simms Center on Main, the center features 12 Bloomberg trading terminals, four personal computers, a projector, and two LCD monitors.

Careers & Outcomes

Hospitality and tourism is a worldwide industry with diverse jobs and career opportunities. The World Travel and Tourism Council expects the industry to grow to over 380 million jobs by 2027, with travel and tourism contributing 10.3% to global gross domestic product.

Popular Careers

  • Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Casino Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Meeting, Event, Convention and Travel Planning
  • Food and Beverage Management

Recent Employers

  • Hersheypark
  • Legends Hospitality
  • LSEO Digital Marketing Agency
  • Tim Hortons
  • Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center
  • Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

I chose hospitality leadership because I’ve always loved working with people, and I knew the talent that the Sidhu School had produced in the past. The professors see the potential in you and push you to reach it. Wilkes has prepared me for the future by giving me both the knowledge and confidence to do anything.

Emily Cholin - Hospitality Leadership