Hospitality and Food Industry Management

UGA HFIM is Ranked #1 in Niche's 2023 Best Colleges with Hospitality and Tourism Management Degrees at Public Universities

We are the Practice of Hospitality Leadership

Embark on an exhilarating journey at the University of Georgia, where studying Hospitality and Food Industry Management opens doors to a vibrant world of opportunities. This major actively gears you up for a dynamic career in hotels and resorts, restaurants, country clubs, event management, agritourism, convention and visitor bureaus, and more. Dive into specialized courses in hotel operations, food and beverage management, and event planning, all while gaining a robust foundation in essential business disciplines like economics, finance, marketing, and human resource management.

Our curriculum doesn’t just educate – it transforms. You'll experience a comprehensive, management-focused education that primes you for leadership in the hospitality sector. Add an international dimension to your learning with our diverse study abroad options. Imagine learning about Viticulture in the Mediterranean or addressing Food Insecurity in Cuba.

Thanks to our unique campus partnerships, the classroom extends beyond four walls as you'll engage in hands-on learning through 400 to 600 hours of industry experience. The UGA GA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel offers unparalleled practical experience in a full-service hotel and conference facility. The Center is our learning lab, and it is one of only a few hotels in the US that is university owned and operated which is dedicated to the mission of educating hospitality management students. You'll also find opportunities in club management, event management, institutional food service, and catering management through partnerships with UGA Golf Course, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, UGA Dining Services, and Georgia Athletic Hospitality.

Enhance your degree with certificates in Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Local Food Systems, Leadership and Service, Music Business, or other programs from across campus. You also can choose from over 100 minors, like Culinary Science, Food Science, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, General Business or Sport Management, aligning perfectly with your hospitality aspirations.

Interested in options above a bachelor’s degree? A UGA Double Dawgs pathway has been created for you to earn a graduate degree in Agribusiness, and if you’re interested in a career in hospitality business law our program has been approved as a pre-law major by the UGA School of Law. We are continuously exploring other Double Dawg pathways for our students by collaborating with other colleges and schools across campus.

Scholarships specifically for Hospitality and Food Industry Management students are abundant, offering financial support to help you realize your dreams. Many of our students have also been awarded scholarships from industry partners such as The Classic Center and the Tourism Leadership Council.

Ready to start your journey? Reach out to us at for more information. UGA isn't just a place to study; it's a launchpad for your future in the exhilarating world of hospitality and food industry management.

Program Coordinator

John Salazar
John Salazar Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics

Academic Advising

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

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