May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)

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Are you keen to upskill in the exciting world of hospitality and tourism? SAIT’s Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program can pave the way to a rewarding career in this dynamic industry. 

With a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism, you can pursue diverse, exciting opportunities in tourism, restaurants, event planning, and hotel management. It can also give you the foundation to start your own business. 

Industry expertise 

Our program was designed with input from industry professionals, ensuring you receive the most relevant and up-to-date education. You’ll learn from experts with real-world experience in the hospitality and tourism sector. 

Global perspective 

In today’s interconnected world, having a global perspective is essential. Our hospitality management studies and business courses equip you with skills that make you an asset in a global job market. 

Personalized learning 

Enjoy a personalized approach to learning with small class sizes and opportunities for professional mentorship. You’ll gain knowledge in various areas, including leadership, communications, global tourism, and sales and marketing. 

You will develop a strong foundation in process improvement and productivity enhancement alongside technology integration for quality and productivity. You’ll gain an understanding of strategic thinking and project management, as well as practical policy planning and implementation. This knowledge will empower you to develop and lead high-performance teams while emphasizing ethics, health, safety, and sustainability. 

You’ll also hone your skills in stakeholder engagement, professionalism, and change management. Additionally, our program equips you with expertise in sales, marketing, and entrepreneurial opportunities exploration. 

Real-world challenges 

Put your skills to the test in your capstone course, where you’ll work closely with industry partners to solve real-world challenges and develop comprehensive business plans. This hands-on experience will prepare you for the demands of the industry. 

Top-ranked school 

SAIT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism is recognized globally, ranking among the Top 50 Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools worldwide by CEOWORLD Magazine. 

SAIT’s Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program is your pathway to a fulfilling career in this ever-evolving industry. Join us in shaping the future of hospitality and tourism. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those in the hospitality and tourism management industry tend to be directive, methodical, and social. 

You need:  

  • excellent communication skills 
  • organizational skills 
  • good general health, stamina and mental alertness to cope with the long, irregular hours of work 
  • the ability to get along with all kinds of people 
  • leadership and decision-making skills 
  • the ability to adapt to changing customer needs and unexpected situations 
  • the ability to remain calm while under pressure. 

To do well in this field, you should enjoy being in charge, taking a methodical approach to your work, and negotiating with people.  

Academic path

Graduates of the SAIT Hospitality and Tourism Management diploma with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (67% or C+) meet the admission requirements to enter this program. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

In your final year, you will participate in a capstone project where you will work with real industry partners to complete a comprehensive business plan and apply the skills you’ve learned in your classes while building relationships with potential employers. 


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management degree.

Program length

2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Conference and event planners (12103)
  • Restaurant and food service managers (60030)
  • Accommodation service managers (60031)
  • Food service supervisors (62020)
  • Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors (62022)
  • Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses (64300)
  • Hotel front desk clerks (64314)
  • Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services (65210)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • a SAIT Hospitality and Tourism Management diploma or equivalent from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (67% or C+), and
  • at least 50% in English 30-1 or at least 60% in English 30-2, and
  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2.

COMM 240 or COMN 220 may be used as an alternative to the high school English requirement.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process

Applicants to this program will be assessed on the following criteria, and seats will be offered accordingly:

  • Applicants who have graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management (previously Hospitality Management) with a minimum GPA of 2.3 will be offered admission on a first-qualified, first-offered basis. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Applicants with a diploma in Hospitality Management from another accredited post-secondary institution will be placed into selection for review to determine equivalency. Completion of additional courses may be required.

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and supporting documents) must be submitted by Aug. 15 to be included in the selection.

Program outline

The Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management degree requires 60 credits (20 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Elective courses

You will choose courses from the following lists.

Elective courses - Junior Social Sciences elective (choose 1)

Suggested schedule of study


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

You must also dress in proper business attire for class presentations and industry visits.

Hospitality and Tourism program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Hospitality and Tourism.

Phone: 403.210.4343

Program outcomes

  1. Communicate in a professional manner using critical thinking and listening skills when interacting with others, performing analysis, or managing in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
  2. Interpret financial information to develop solutions to business problems relative to the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
  3. Analyze processes, operations and workflow to formulate recommendations to improve quality and productivity.
  4. Synthesize data from current and emerging technology sources to formulate recommendations for quality and productivity enhancements in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
  5. Incorporate knowledge of leadership, human relations and organizational behavior to ensure the development of high performance teams.
  6. Incorporate ethical and responsible behaviors and an awareness of the health and safety, environmental, social and business implications into the corporate culture of an organization.
  7. Analyze recruitment, training and retention initiatives to formulate recommendations to improve the employee experience in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
  8. Incorporate cultural awareness with appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills to relate in a respectful manner to persons of diverse outlooks and backgrounds,
  9. Incorporate a knowledge of stakeholder engagement with professional skills and behaviors when interacting with others in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.
  10. Analyze current and emerging trends to effectively manage change and remain competitive within the evolving global Hospitality and Tourism industry.
  11. Integrate sales and marketing theory and techniques to develop sales and marketing plans appropriate to the Hospitality and Tourism industry products and services.
  12. Assess entrepreneurial opportunities related to the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
  13. Demonstrate responsible leadership within increasingly complex and dynamic environments.
  14. Develop an integrative and strategic mindset to enhance business performance in a global environment.
  15. Achieve project goals through teamwork, strategic planning and execution.
  16. Apply the interrelated principles of policy, planning and implementation to ensure operational success.

Graduate outcomes

A. Safety - Awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible Leadership - Personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-Initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - The exchange of information in a professional and effective manner

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information Literacy - The strategies used to become informed from recognizing an information need, to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically

  • Problem solving and/or Critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Technical competence specific to the discipline or industry

  • Specialized, technical skill set

Degree outcomes


• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the business discipline and field of practice.


• Apply knowledge and skills from one or more areas from outside the discipline.


• Demonstrate the capacity to engage in independent research and practice in a supervised context.


• Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative information and, where appropriate, use this knowledge in scholarly and creative endeavours.

Application of knowledge:

• Apply methods of inquiry to solve a problem, create a new work or comment on scholarship.


• Communicate information, arguments, and analysis accurately and reliably, orally and in writing, to specialists and non-specialist audiences.

Limits of knowledge:

• Demonstrate an appreciation for the limits and ambiguity of knowledge.

Professional capacity/autonomy:

• Operate within the boundaries of professional bodies and applicable regulatory requirements.

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