• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
With domestic and international travel easier than ever, the tourism industry requires professionals skilled in managing resources, multicultural cooperation and other realities of globalization. The Hospitality and Tourism Management program at San Francisco State University provides a time-efficient, comprehensive experience that trains you to excel in this growing industry. 
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The Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management is designed to meet the needs of international and non-matriculated students to learn specific concepts and skills in hospitality management within two semesters. 

The certificate is focused on food service, lodging, recreation/resort business, and is also practically oriented toward skills and occupations. It is a coherent set of academic courses which leads to a Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Courses focus on key areas – such as business operations, food service and human resources – and explores these within various cultural contexts. Additionally, experienced faculty equips you with strategies for success, enabling you to make your mark on any map.

Why Enroll in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at San Francisco State University ?

  • Up-to-Date Courses

Learn to address emerging issues such as managing environmental sustainability

  • Quick to Get Qualified

Eight courses total. Finish in just two semesters. Semester option available.

  • Sharp & Savvy

Discover the best business practices and strategies from expert instructors.

  • Build Bridges across Borders

Live and learn within a diverse population of students and faculty.

  • Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) offers international students the opportunity to work up to one full year in the United States after nine months of full-time study. 


AACSB Accredited

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Tourism Management Revenue & Cost Control
  • Historical & Contemporary Aspects of Food, Beverage & Culture in America 
  • The Business of International Tourism
  • Asian Food, Culture & Hospitality
  • Food, Wine & Culture in California

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  •  Transcript
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Financial Eligibility 
  • Copy of passport/student immigration documents

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13400 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13400 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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