The mission of the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program is to develop effective and efficient leaders of the Hospitality and Tourism industry. To achieve this mission, it is our goal that students graduating from the HTM program at NDSU will demonstrate leadership skills by having the following:

• Knowledge of the industry
• People management skills
• Problem-solving skills
• A sense of responsibility


As the nation's number one retail employer, the hospitality and tourism industry employs millions of people. Heightened demands for services have a growing emphasis on comfort, convenience, and personalized attention. All of these factors increase the need for professionals who can manage hospitality operations and lead teams of people.

We are the only four-year HTM program in North Dakota accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).  The program has undergone this process to ensure students receive a quality education. The ACPHA guidelines and standards help us pursue excellence in the area of hospitality administration.

Our program begins with building a solid foundation with general education courses.  Students then begin the study of the management of resources such as people, materials, money, technology and time. Courses in these areas cover legal issues, marketing and strategy, accounting and cost control. Finally, students complete their major course work in HTM management concentrating on producing quality services in the food and lodging industry. Courses in this area explore tourism and travel management and industry specific information in hotels, resort and spa, casino, restaurants and catering, and convention and meeting planning.

A 24 credit minor in business is required with this major.  The minor provides a strong basic business background on which we build depth of knowledge concerning the specifics of marketing and management in the hospitality industry. 

We do several study tours to various cities around the United States.  Students get to tour hotels and other lodging establishments, foodservice operations, and tourist destinations on these trips.  We set the trips up so that current professionals in the field talk with our students about their careers and the aspect of the industry they currently have employment.