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The trillion-dollar sport, tourism, and hospitality industries have Americans spending an average of 22% of their disposable income in the experience economy. Niagara University's College of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management teaches students how to excel in this lucrative and fast-moving economy by learning how to deliver service, excellence, and create memorable experiences.

Established in 1968 as the first program in the world to offer a bachelor’s degree in tourism, Niagara provides a hands-on curriculum and learning environment that gives students a variety of experiences and skills necessary to assume leadership positions in today’s fast-changing hospitality, sport, and tourism industries. Accredited by the ACPHA, the College of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management maintains a standard of excellence in curriculum, learning outcomes, and student resources that is governed at the highest level. The college is also a founding member of the Hotel Schools of Distinction (HSD), which seeks to connect hospitality leaders nationally to ensure students have a competitive advantage in a challenging industry.

Located near one of the world’s major tourism and hospitality centers, the College of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management offers bachelor's degrees in hotel and restaurant management, tourism and recreation management, and both a bachelor's and master's degree in sport management. The curriculum provides a comprehensive body of knowledge about the hotel, restaurant, sport, recreation, and tourism industries, preparing students for the rich variety of management opportunities through their desired career path.

  • Skillset for Career Executives. We build confident students who become professional leaders in the field, holding some of the top positions within their organizations.
  • Hands-on Experience Required. Students complete a minimum of 800 hours of industry experience to graduate.
  • Top-Tier Corporate Partnerships. Students have access to leading regional, national, and international companies through the college that provides internships and life-changing relationships.
  • Dedicated Faculty Mentorship. Faculty in the college provide in-depth industry experience and insights to prepare students for real-world careers.
  • Alumni Advantage Program. Alumni panels, events, and mentorship opportunities provide direct access to careers for students.
  • Prime Location. With Canada viewable from campus and one of the world's most notable tourist attractions down the road, Niagara University is uniquely positioned to provide students with international hospitality, tourism, and sport management opportunities.

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The Mission of the CoHST is to provide an innovative, culturally diverse, high-quality education that prepares students for leadership roles in the experience economy by promoting professionalism and integrating technology, international opportunities, and experiential learning.

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Niagara University’s College of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or a program that has been found to meet or exceed stated standards of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation is voluntarily sought by institutions and programs, and is conferred by non-governmental bodies.

Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to assure the quality of the institution or program and to assist in the improvement of the institution or program. Accreditation, which applies to institutions or programs, is to be distinguished from certification and licensure, which apply to individuals. A critical requirement of accreditation is the assurance of student learning and the creation and implementation of program learning outcomes. Niagara University's program learning outcomes are as follows.

  1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills to be effective leaders.
  2. Students will apply analytical skills to identify, evaluate and formulate optimal business decisions.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of management and leadership doctrines for leading in a diverse working environment.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of creative and technological innovations in their related industries.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to define, identify, and evaluate the impact of ethical versus unethical business practices.
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