Hospitality and Food Industry Management

Available at: Athens

The degree program in hospitality and food industry management will prepare you for jobs across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in hotels and resorts, restaurants, meeting and event management, club management, agritourism and other related fields. Students will take courses specializing in hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and event planning. You will also study the traditional hospitality management subject areas such as economics, accounting, finance, administration, marketing, human resource management, and strategy. To enrich your hospitality learning experience, you can also take elective courses such as sustainable food production, food science and safety, food policy, soil and water management, turfgrass management, viticulture and enology, and coffee production.

We also collaborate with the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, which is a 200-room full-service hotel and conference facility. The Center will provide experiential learning opportunities to you through practicums and internships and is the only partnership of its kind in Georgia. Additional partnerships with UGA’s Golf Course, UGA Dining Services, and Georgia Athletic Hospitality will also provide similar opportunities for students interested in careers in club management, institutional foodservice, and catering management. Because of these partnerships, you will have between 400 to 600 hours industry experience by graduation.

Program Overview


View the required Hospitality and Food Industry Management courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.

Hands-On Learning

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region
  • Scotland Service-Learning: Addressing Food Insecurity Issues
  • Coffee (El Grano de Oro): From Bean to Cup
  • Europe: The Grand Tour - Art and Gardens
  • Romania: Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement

Learn more

Visit the Agricultural and Applied Economics department's Hospitality and Food Industry Management page to learn more about this major.

You may also email for more information about the program.

Prospective Student Contact

John Salazar Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Current Student Contact

Whitney Jones Academic Advisor
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Agricultural & Applied Economics

What jobs can I get with a Hospitality and Food Industry Management degree?

Career Potential

  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Meeting and Event Planning
  • Club Management
  • Agritourism Development
  • Convention and Visitor Bureaus

2020 Median Pay

  • Lodging Managers - $56,670
  • Food Service Managers - $56,590
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners - $51,560
  • Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers - $59,660

Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

How do I pay for college?


Several scholarships are available to Hospitality and Food Industry Management students through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. Information about these scholarships can be obtained from Whitney Jones in 312F Conner Hall or at

CAES Scholarships

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.