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Business - Hospitality

Business - Hospitality

Build a career in the hotel and restaurant side of the tourism industry.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


Pursue your passion for working with people from all over the world.

Gain specialized skills and practical knowledge employers are looking for in a variety of areas, including:

  • Guest experience
  • Customer service delivery
  • Food and beverage theory
  • Wine appreciation
  • Restaurant operations
  • Hotel reservations

You'll also develop an understanding of solid business practices, from human resources and leadership to finance and strategic marketing.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • You're required to complete industry seminars and certifications, including Responsible Beverage Service, Basic Food Safety, and Emergency First Aid, CPR Level A (or Wilderness and Remote First Aid).
    • Additional certifications may be required depending on the electives you choose.
    • There may be additional fees associated with seminars or certifications related to your electives.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Co-operative education

  • The Business Hospitality program includes a mandatory co-operative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Opportunities are paid, full-time work placements that last between 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Graduates earn a solid foundation of skills and experiences that can open doors to opportunities in the food and beverage and accommodations sectors of the tourism industry. Find a range of careers worldwide in:
    • Hotels and resorts
    • Restaurants and bars
    • Cruise ships
    • Wineries, breweries and distilleries
  • In the next decade, Nova Scotia will need thousands of new and highly skilled employees, across all tourism sectors. The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) estimates that by 2035, 240,000 jobs will be available in Tourism (CTHRC 2015).

Choose NSCC

  • Experiential learning, the process of learning through experience, is a cornerstone to this program. You'll learn through projects, simulations, excursions and many other hands-on activities.
  • Our classrooms are set up to mirror real-life tourism-working environments. Learn in our student-run, full-service restaurant and get real-world experience, practical skills and knowledge.
  • Our instructors are experts who keep in close contact with the tourism and hospitality industry, ensuring that what you learn is current and relevant to industry's needs.
  • You'll have many opportunities to network with tourism industry partners both on- and off-campus.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning, ask questions and share.

Other info

  • Graduates of the Tourism Hospitality program can apply to the second year of this program.
  • If you have food allergies and sensitivities to environmental conditions, be aware that you may be exposed to substances that may affect these sensitivities.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1015   Basic Accounting for Managers
ACTG 2300   Operations Cost Control
BSHM 2000   Event Planning and Operations
BSHM 2500   Rooms Division and Facilities Management
BSHM 2800   Applied Food and Beverage Management
BSHM 4000   Applied Hospitality Development
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMM 2220   Applied Managerial Communications
COMP 1105   Business Computer Technology
COMP 2000   Applied Social Media
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
FINC 2700   Operations Finance and Revenue Management
LEGL 1250   Tourism Law
MGMT 2300   Human Resources Issues in Hospitality
MKTG 2100   Hospitality Marketing
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
TOUR 2996COOP   Cooperative Education A
TOUR 2997COOP   Cooperative Education B
TRHS 1000   Introduction to Tourism
TRHS 1020   Guest Service Essentials
TRHS 1030   Food and Beverage Service Foundations
TRHS 1040   Introduction to Tourism Marketing
TRHS 1200   Accommodations
TRHS 1240   Wine, Spirits and Beer Fundamentals
TRHS 1250   Leadership Essentials and Group Dynamics
TRHS 1260   Nova Scotia Tourism
    Business - Hospitality Elective Course Requirement . Students must take one (1) unit from a prescribed list of courses.

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