Study hospitality management in Bend

Earn your bachelor of arts or science in hospitality management in one of the Northwest’s premier tourist destinations: Bend, Oregon. Oregon State University – Cascades offers the only hospitality management degree program of its kind in Oregon.

The multi-disciplinary degree program prepares you for a wide range of hospitality careers within a corporate setting, in a hospitality operations setting, or as an entrepreneur.

The hospitality industry requires college graduates who can go directly into management and can hit-the-ground-running on their first day of work. The hospitality management program at OSU-Cascades provides students with the skills and knowledge to become leaders and innovators in the hospitality industry.

The program will include classes in:

  • Business management
  • Service delivery and operations management
  • Food and beverage operations
  • Technology within the hospitality sector
  • Entrepreneurship

Ecotourism and sustainability

In addition to the core skills mentioned above, this program provides a specialization in ecotourism and sustainability, which is the fastest growing segment of hospitality today. Through internships, work experience programs and in-class lectures from industry leaders, students will take advantage of Bend's world-class ecotourism laboratory.

Business Minor

Students pursuing a degree in hospitality management also receive a minor in business administration.


Hospitality is the world’s largest employer generating nearly 200 million jobs globally. In Oregon, the hospitality industry is a $9.2 billion industry.  It directly generates some 91,100 jobs in Oregon and indirectly creates another 41,000 jobs.  As a result, one out of every nine jobs in Oregon is in the hospitality industry. Tourism and hospitality businesses are among the largest employers in Central Oregon and the industry is currently experiencing a surge in growth. 

Among the possible career fields are hotel management, cruise operations, conference services, restaurant ownership, and food and beverage services.

Internship Requirement

Students apply classroom knowledge through required internships in Central Oregon’s world-class resorts, restaurants, lodging, brew pubs and hospitality technology industry. Bend is minutes from Mt. Bachelor, fishing and playing on the Deschutes River, and hiking at our high mountain lakes. Smith Rock, a rock-climbing mecca, calls this area home.

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