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Hospitality Leadership (MBA)

Hospitality Leadership (MBA)
Hospitality Leadership (MBA)

Master the art and science of hospitality

Develop skills to become a leader in the business of hospitality and tourism in DePaul’s MBA in Hospitality Leadership. You’ll study current customer industry trends, relationship management and service delivery, as well as marketing and hospitality strategies. This MBA concentration is ideal if you are a hospitality industry professional with a strong desire to enhance your knowledge and business skills or if you want to join the business side of hospitality operations.

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Study in Chicago’s world-class metropolitan environment

You’ll supplement knowledge from the classroom with real-world skills to take on leadership roles within hospitality operations right in the heart of Chicago. And, according to the Hospitality Business Association of Chicago, with more than 4,000 licensed hospitality establishments in Chicago, choosing DePaul gives you a variety of career options.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 August 15
Winter December 1 October 1
Spring March 1 February 1
Summer June 1 April 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, résumé, letters of recommendation, essay and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll take 11 MBA core courses and five electives.

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of MBA graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median reported salary for MBA graduates was $86,000.

Faculty with a passion for the hospitality industry

As a graduate student at DePaul, you’ll be learning from professors who are passionate about teaching and well connected within their industries. For example, Nicholas Thomas, associate professor and director of the School of Hospitality Leadership, created the podcast “Hospitality Spirit” where he interviews leaders in the hospitality industry. His guest list includes Jerrod Melman who is an executive partner at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc.

Alumni Network

Earn a Hospitality Leadership MBA, and you’ll be connected with hospitality and tourism industry professionals and form long-term relationships with your peers and industry leaders. In addition, you’ll join a wider network of over 74,000 DePaul business alumni.

Flexible formats to work with any lifestyle

Full-time Day MBA for early-career professionals or career changers. Classes offered during the day.
Evening MBA for established professionals in need of flexibility. Classes are in the evenings.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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