Gus Machado School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management

St. Thomas University, Miami, Tourism & Hospitality Management degree prepares students for management and administrative careers within the tourism/hospitality industries. Majors complete a solid foundation of business, general education liberal arts and humanities, plus the business and management courses for students to learn the concepts and principles necessary to be successful in today’s globally competitive business environment. Internships opportunities enable students to combine theory and experiential learning under the guidance of departmental faculty and industry professionals.

South Florida provides an unequaled wealth of opportunities, in addition to positions worldwide having included Canada, Honduras, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, US Virgin Islands, Panama, Japan, Israel, and Spain. A minor in Tourism & Hospitality Management is available to complement other disciplines such as International Business, Management Information Services, Marketing, Accounting, and Finance.

The Bachelor of Business Administration is a management and administration degree, greatly sought by graduates schools and industry, particularly those into subfields and related industries such as asset management, project development, financial and industry analyses, destination development and marketing, among others.


  • STU scholars receive personalized attention with average class sizes of 15
  • Business Courses that help accelerate to management careers
  • Access to professionals in the industry who serve as adjunct professors, guest lecturers and mentors, many of whom are our alumni
  • Opportunities to get experience through volunteer work, service learning and internships


St. Thomas University, Miami provides many networking opportunities, alumni connections, business & professional association affiliations, work-study and internship positions that are available locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Tourism, Hospitality and the Sports and Leisure Industries is the second largest employer in the United States, and for many countries it is the number one economic generator.
  • Miami/South Florida is one of the world’s major tourism, sports and international business capitals offering nearly unlimited opportunities for internships, service learning and career placement.


"The education I received at St. Thomas was invaluable to my rapid success in the industry. My professors were able to provide classes with personal experiences and the tools to set-up each student for success." 

Michael Basile, Class of ‘94, Director of Operations, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

“Having always been interested in the travel industry, geography, people and governments of the world, I decided to change my major to Tourism/Hospitality and explore the numerous possibilities. To this day I am convinced this move was one of the smartest decisions I made." 

Greg Fraher, Class of '87, Vice President Development, Orion Expeditions & Cruises

CURRICULUM (Course Sampling)

HFT 2313 Hospitality Operations and Facilities Management
HFT 1800 Food and Beverage Management
HFT 4753 Conventions, Trade Show, and Destination Management
HFT 4701 Tourism Economic Resources and Sustainable Development


Program Director, Paul-Michael Klein received his Master’s Degree from the Cornell University Hotel School. He has held positions with Trade Wind Tours of Hawaii, Fontainebleau Hilton, Jack Tar Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton River House and the Omni, Miami.


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