Service and innovation in the hospitality industry.

Be a part of the largest and fastest growing industry in the world! The hospitality/tourism industry is considered the world's largest industry, and is expected to grow by double digits in the near future. With this growth comes great opportunities to enter this fast-paced, exciting field at a management level. The Statler Department of Hospitality Management provides a strong leadership foundation in hotel management, event management, and food and beverage management. With near 100 percent career placement, global internships, study abroad opportunities, and one of the largest, most active alumni networks in the hospitality industry, the Statler Department of Hospitality Management is your perfect choice!

Fast Facts

  • Hospitality Management majors have access to more than 300 possible internships across the U.S. and around the world

  • The program boasts accreditation by the prestigious Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Admiration

  • Mercyhurst’s Statler Department of Hospitality Management is one of the oldest in the country

  • The extensive global network of Hospitality Management alumni is an excellent resource for Hospitality Management majors looking for internships and careers

  • Every year, more than 90 percent of Hospitality Management grads begin careers in the industry. In recent years, the career placement rate is close to 100 percent

HMC 205 Introduction to Event Management 
HMC 215 Convention and Trade Show Management 
HMC 305 Catering Management and Operations Lab 
HMC 315 Promotional Strategies For Meetings and Conventions 
HRIM 473, 475, 476 Hospitality Internships – credits vary *
​*Choose 1 course from the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's recommended list of electives or courses from other HM concentrations.

Recommended electives:

HMC 425 Wedding Planning 
HMG 322 Club Management 
HRIM 240 Casino and Gaming Operations Management 
HRIM 416 Mixology 
HRIM 452 Industry Consulting 
MGMT 405 Quality Leadership 

*Courses required for the sophomore review process in the Statler Department of Hospitality Management, regardless of credit standing and transfer status. For your liberal studies core requirements, please review the Statler Department of Hospitality Management's requirement and/or suggestions for core selections. Students must complete 6 credit hours of Internships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate acquisition of skill related to technical systems used in hospitality outlets. (technology)
  • Apply basic marketing concepts to industry promotion in all areas of concentrations. (marketing)
  • Accurately complete and understand financial data related to areas of hospitality management curriculum. (finance)
  • Apply knowledge of critical thinking to functional areas of hospitality business to identify, analyze and solve business problems. (problem solving)
  • Demonstrate learned standards of professionalism while applying basic principles and theories of management independently and when working with others. (leadership)
  • Apply classroom theory to experiential settings when in the lab setting and through cooperative learning experiences. (experiential learning)

The Statler Department of Hospitality Management has developed one of the strongest internship programs of any HM program in the country. Opportunities are available in industry-leading hotels, health care, restaurants, institutions and convention management. Students receive valuable hands-on industry experience while earning academic credit. 

Prestigious industry internship programs include:

  • Omni Hotels: Leadership In Development Management Program/Internship Program
  • Marriott Hotels: Voyage Management Training Program/Internship Program
  • Disney Theme Parks: Management Program/Internship Program
  • Gaylord Opryland Hotels/Internships

Contact Us

Daryl Georger, D.Ed.
Chair, Statler Department of Hospitality Management
Office: CAE 105
Phone: 814-824-2340