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History

The roots of the K-State Hospitality Management Department can be traced back to 1952 when K-State President James A. McCain stressed the importance of establishing a restaurant management Program at K-State with Dean Margaret Justin.  Dean Justin gathered a group of faculty from home economics, business administration, technical journalism, and accounting, along with industry representatives from the local community and state.  Together, they developed the first restaurant management program in the state of Kansas.  In the 1980s the hotel curriculum was added to the program and in 2013, the curriculum added a focused concentration in meeting, convention, and event management. 

Rankings for the Department of Hospitality Management

The Department of Hospitality Management is pleased to announce that in 2018 we were ranked for the following:

Ranked #1Best Hospitality Management Schools in Kansas by College Factual in 2018
Ranked #18Best Hospitality Management Degree Programs by Best Value Schools
Ranked #32Best Hospitality & Leisure Management programs by the QS World University Rankings
Ranked #22Best Master's in Hospitality Management Degrees by College Choice in 2018
Ranked #25The Best Hospitality Programs in the United States by The Best Schools
Ranked #33Best Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management Degrees by College Choice in 2018
Ranked #35Affordable Hospitality Management Degrees by College Affordability Guide 2018
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