What will I learn?

The heart and soul of any academic program is the curriculum and the faculty who deliver it. We have developed our unique curriculum with the strong involvement of local Chicago hospitality industry leaders and the members of our national advisory board. We have also asked senior faculty at four of the nation's top ranked hospitality programs to review it and advise us how to strengthen it. By incorporating this input, we created a powerful curriculum that distinguishes us from other hospitality programs. Our curriculum blends two primary concepts: hospitality industry knowledge and key business skills. Additionally, woven throughout the courses are five central themes: leadership, ethics, human resources, globalization and sustainability. By including these themes in many of our courses, we strive to deeply instil within students a sense of personal and corporate social responsibility embedded within an awareness of the larger world around them.

We have three primary curricular goals:

  • Embed a true sense of hospitality within our students; that is, to create a bedrock belief that hospitality is about serving others
  • Create industry leaders prepared to deliver hospitality to anyone who needs it, whenever or wherever
  • Embrace the Vincentian mission: to share hospitality with the underprivileged and disenfranchised members of our communities

The Hospitality Leadership major is comprised of three components: the Liberal Studies Program (the broad, general education of members of our society), the College of Business core (foundational business skills), and the specific requirements of the School of Hospitality Leadership.

Learning Outcomes

Core Outcomes

  • Use analytical and reflective skills in decision-making.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize legal and ethical issues confronting them.
  • Contribute to the performance of a group within a business setting.
  • Know the differences among global economies, institutions, business practices and cultures.
  • Acquire knowledge of the functional areas of business and the interrelationships among the functional areas within a business.​

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the parallel concepts of service and experience management.
  • Demonstrate hospitality service through voluntarism at community event using hospitality skills.
  • Demonstrate functional knowledge about hospitality business applications and operations.

Which department am I in?

Driehaus College of Business

Study options

Full Time (192 hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,601.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 March 2020, 9 September 2020


DePaul University

Loop Campus,

1 East Jackson Blvd,



60604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You are considered an international freshman applicant if you have been educated outside of the U.S. at any time during secondary school (high school).

For international students

You are considered an international freshman applicant if you have been educated outside of the U.S. at any time during secondary school (high school).

English Proficiency

TOEFL: 80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17; IELTS Academic: 6.5 on the IELTS Academic; PTE Academic: minimum English academic score of 53.

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About this uni

92 percent of DePaul undergraduate students enter into professional employment or continue their studies within sixth months of graduating.

  • Two campuses in Chicago, Illinois
  • 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • One of the nation’s Best Value Colleges (Forbes)
  • Over 350 student clubs and organizations