Michigan State University Announces New 100% Online Certificate Program in Hospitality Management The Leader in Hospitality Business Education Offers Essential Skills and Credentials to Help Meet Presidential Push for Hospitality Industry

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The School of Hospitality Business - a unique, industry-specific School within U.S. News-ranked Michigan State University's (MSU) Broad College of Business - is launching a new Management Certificate in the Business of Hospitality. This online program is particularly relevant because recent statistics show that the U.S. hospitality and tourism industry is one of the prime drivers of the U.S. economy, projecting to add about 1.7 million new jobs through 2020.* This job growth also aligns with President Obama's recent initiative to significantly increase travel and tourism in the United States.

MSU's Management Certificate in the Business of Hospitality will help students improve their job performance and marketability by mastering the essential practices of hospitality management. They will gain the skills, knowledge and credentials necessary to break into or get promoted within a career field that has income and advancement potential.

"Professionals in all segments of the hospitality industry must commit to staying competitive in such a rapidly changing marketplace," emphasizes Dr. Ronald Cichy, Professor and Director of The School of Hospitality Business. "Those willing to invest in their skills and credentials can take their career to the next level by delivering improved results."

This 100% online hospitality management certificate is a respected credential that can help students complement their experience in the industry. Students will also expand their skills and knowledge across a wide range of hospitality areas: from human resources to marketing to law and to information systems. Students will receive this valuable instruction through state-of-the-art online technology powered by University Alliance. This online classroom features streaming video lectures with convenient 24/7 access, as well as a variety of interactive tools that connect instructors and participants, including discussion boards, live chat rooms and email.

MSU's online certificate program is comprised of three eight-week courses: Hospitality Business Operations, Hospitality Business Management and Hospitality Leadership. Presented by campus-based, world-renowned faculty, these comprehensive professional development programs use a step-by-step approach, as each course builds upon the last, preparing students to excel in their hospitality management career.

Recognized as the original hospitality business school and ranked among the top programs in the country, The School of Hospitality Business has an 85-year foundation of preparing the hospitality industry's managers and operators. The mission of The School is to inspire continuous learning by empowering present and future managers to acquire knowledge, skills and global hospitality business leadership positions. The School's hospitality management certificate can help students enhance their earning potential, acquire a deeper understanding of how world-class hospitality businesses operate and are managed, and gain leadership skills that can add value to their organization.

To learn more and enroll, please phone 855-300-1310 or visit http://www.MichiganStateUniversityOnline.com. Open enrollment started August 1, 2012, with classes beginning October 1, 2012.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

About The School of Hospitality Business

The School of Hospitality Business, an industry-specific School within Michigan State University's Broad College of Business, was founded in 1927 and has, for 85 years, prepared emerging leaders in hospitality business management and operations. More recently, The School has added real estate and thinking like the owner to the curriculum. For more information about The School, please visit http://hospitalitybusiness.broad.msu.edu.

About University Alliance

The University Alliance (UA) facilitates the promotion and online delivery of associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificate programs from the nation's leading traditional universities and institutions. Powered by UA's technology and support services, its university partners have surpassed 450,000 online enrollments - making UA the largest facilitator of e-learning in the country. University partners include Villanova University, the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Florida, the University of San Francisco, the University of Vermont, The University of Scranton, Jacksonville University, Dominican University, and New England College.

Contact Information

Sandy Levine, VP of Marketing Services
Bisk Education/University Alliance Online
9417 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33619
813-621-6200, ext. 328
sandyl@bisk.com

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