Prepare for a Great Career

Hospitality isn’t just any career. It’s the world’s fastest-growing industry, encompassing travel, hotels, food service, and entertainment. Above all, it’s about people. And it offers you dozens of worldwide career paths to success.

In this dynamic field, graduates of the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration have a head start. Their remarkably high job-placement rates and starting salaries prove it. So do the thousands of SHA alumni in leadership roles throughout the industry. What makes our students so successful?

An innovative curriculum

The SHA academic program is both challenging and well rounded. You’ll be immersed in the hospitality field, learning from world-class industry professionals, respected researchers, and seasoned veterans from around the globe. You’ll share the insights of owners and top executives of major hospitality corporations who visit campus in our Distinguished Lecture Series. As part of your degree requirement, you’ll acquire a minimum of 800 hours of work experience plus an unforgettable international experience. And you’ll take thought-provoking liberal arts and management courses, honing your abilities for critical thinking, clear expression, and problem-solving—all vital skills for success in the business world.

A university without limits

At BU, you’ll be part of a renowned research university ranked among the top 50 in the world. That means you’ll have access to a range of academic and pre-professional opportunities few universities can match. With 16 schools and colleges available to you across two campuses, you can pursue practically any subject. Try your hand at printmaking at the College of Fine Arts. Study Korean literature at the College of Arts & Sciences. Develop your marketing skills at the School of Management. Both in and out of the classroom, you’ll be exposed to amazing diversity: BU’s 30,000 students hail from every state in the union and more than 140 countries.

But BU is hardly an all-work-and-no-play school. We support some 500 student clubs and offer countless options for fun and relaxation. Sign up for intramural sports. Stay in shape at a state-of-the-art fitness facility complete with a fabulous climbing wall. Take in a game or concert at our luxurious sports and entertainment arena.

Real-world experience and connections

Where will you fulfill SHA’s required work experiences? Boston itself is a prime location for learning the business, and we’re right in the heart of it. The city boasts over 1,000 restaurants, 100 hotels, and 3 convention centers. Outside our thriving city, internships await you in places like Auckland, London, Paris, Sydney, Dublin, Madrid, and other hospitality hubs throughout the world and across the US.

To enhance your career preparation, you’ll have mentoring from top-tier professionals, the unwavering support of our Career Services Office, and special short-project assignments. Our strong relationships with leading industry corporations and recruiters give SHA students and graduates a significant advantage. You’ll be ready for the workforce even before the ink is dry on your diploma.

A city of endless attractions

Once you enroll at SHA, you also become a student of Boston, one of the world’s great urban centers, a hospitality hub, and the country’s most collegiate city. As the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston draws visitors from around the globe to sample its sights, sounds, and flavors. Business professionals flock here to learn the latest advances in high technology, medicine, and education. And with 4 of its sports teams winning a combined 8 championships in the past 15 years, Boston has become a fan’s paradise.

For SHA students, the city offers an enormous variety of industry work settings. Our student clubs take advantage of the thriving hospitality scene by visiting sites and meeting local professionals. In fact, there’s no better place to prepare for a career in hospitality. The only thing missing is you.