Texas Tech University

Restaurant, Hotel, & Institutional Management BAAS Degree

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) with a major in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management

Earn your Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree (BAAS) in a hospitality management program from one of the nation's top schools. 

What is a BAAS degree?

If you are wanting to go back to school after attending community college, or maybe you want to advance in your career. The RHIM BAAS degree is a great option for non-traditional students wanting to finish their degree. Students seeking the 120-hour Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree must first obtain an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree from an approved institution or community college. Need flexibility? This degree is available online and in-person.

Who benefits from a BAAS degree?

Students seeking admission to one of our B.A.A.S. programs typically have some real-world work experience. They also include:

  • Active-duty military or veterans 
  • Community or technical college associate of applied sciences graduates
  • Students interested in changing careers or entering travel, hospitality, or wine marketing

You will benefit from turning your associate of applied sciences degree in culinary or hospitality management into a bachelor's degree by acquiring essential management and leadership skills. Our hospitality management BAAS program, focusing on lodging, travel, food, beverage, and hospitality business, will put you on the fast track to earning a bachelor's degree. You can earn your bachelor's degree in as little as 2 years and be prepared for a career in hotel, restaurant, or hospitality management. Turning your associate of applied sciences degree into a bachelor's degree allows you to earn higher salaries in leadership and management positions in the hospitality management field.

Offering the only BAAS degree in hotel and restaurant management in Texas, Texas Tech emphasizes practical management and leadership skills desired in culinary and hospitality careers. Program benefits include:

  • Relevant experience. This degree includes 1,200 hours of hands-on workplace experience, including training in state-of-the-art classroom kitchens and labs and a 400 hour internship.
  • A business-oriented focus. Texas Tech's BAAS in hospitality management equips you with a superior business education. You will get extensive training in communication, travel, accounting, hospitality management practices, marketing, and law.
  • Professional networking. Thousands of Texas Tech Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management (RHIM) graduates work in the hospitality industry, so you will have a built-in network of contacts.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a major in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Advance Your Career With a Bachelor's Degree

Leading hospitality industry recruiters specifically target our hospitality management program graduates.

Many hospitality employers require a bachelor's degree to gain employment or for their employees to advance in their current career. A B.A.A.S. degree from Texas Tech can help you advance into a leadership or supervisory position in the restaurant or lodging fields.

You will have opportunities to earn more while working across the United States and the world, pursuing careers such as:

  • Executive chef
  • Food and beverage director
  • Hotel manager
  • Event planner
  • Catering director
  • Travel agent
  • Flight attendant

Our Hospitality Degree Focuses on Business

Our program's strong business focus attracts the attention of top hospitality employers. If you complete your B.A.A.S. degree on campus, you will get relevant, hands-on training in exceptional facilities, such as the four-diamond Overton Hotel and Skyviews, a fine-dining restaurant operated by students of the RHIM program. If you complete your degree online or hybrid, you will still gain valuable experience as you complete your 1200 hours of required work experience. Texas Tech's B.A.A.S. degree emphasizes the business and management aspect of hotel and restaurant careers with courses in the following areas.

Business and management of hotel and restaurant:

  • Marketing and sales
  • Leadership
  • Hospitality law
  • Facilities management
  • Personnel management
  • Purchasing
  • Accounting

Culinary and hospitality management:

  • Lodging operations management
  • Wine tourism
  • Culture and cuisine
  • Wedding coordination
  • Event planning

The strong camaraderie among our hotel and restaurant students is developed through networking activities and group interaction. These connections increase the marketability and value of our graduates to future employers.

Where Can I Study?

Available online and hybrid at campuses across the state of Texas:

  • Dallas Community College
  • McLennan Community College

Coming soon to:

  • Grayson Community College
  • El Paso Community College
  • Austin Community College
  • Forney ISD

For more information about the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree (BAAS) Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree


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