Service and innovation in the hospitality industry.

Be a part of the largest and fastest growing industry in the world! The hospitality/tourism industry is considered the world's largest industry, and is expected to grow by double digits in the near future. With this growth comes great opportunities to enter this fast-paced, exciting field at a management level. The Statler Department of Hospitality Management provides a strong leadership foundation in hotel management, event management, and food and beverage management. With near 100 percent career placement, global internships, study abroad opportunities, and one of the largest, most active alumni networks in the hospitality industry, the Statler Department of Hospitality Management is your perfect choice!

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Fast Facts

  • Hospitality Management majors have access to more than 300 possible internships across the U.S. and around the world

  • The program boasts accreditation by the prestigious Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

  • Mercyhurst’s Statler Department of Hospitality Management is one of the oldest in the country

  • The extensive global network of Hospitality Management alumni is an excellent resource for Hospitality Management majors looking for internships and careers

  • Every year, more than 90 percent of Hospitality Management grads begin careers in the industry. In recent years, the career placement rate is close to 100 percent

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply the knowledge and skills necessary for hospitality and tourism operations. 
  • Develop and integrate a core set of business skills necessary to successfully operate a hospitality and tourism organization. 
  • Demonstrate competence in the communication skills necessary for hospitality and tourism management. 
  • Formulate business decisions in hospitality and tourism management. 
  • Evaluate leadership principles necessary in the diverse and global hospitality and tourism industry. 

Mission Statement

The Statler Department of Hospitality Management's fosters and promotes the spirit of hospitality consistent with the Mercyhurst mission of service to others and community. In keeping with the founding vision of Mercyhurst, hospitality students are prepared for industry leadership through a balance of liberal studies, business, and hospitality industry specific coursework. This balanced approach to higher education nurtures scholarship, creativity, and responsible stewardship for the global hospitality community. Hospitality industry coursework and world class internships, supported by the Walker College of Business core, business curriculum, provides the student with a strong foundation in accounting, finance, and management skills while building leadership, critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills required for success at the national and international levels.


The Statler Department of Hospitality Management at Mercyhurst University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). ACPHA standards set a national benchmark for the effective instructions of programs throughout the United States and are necessary to ensure that these programs are professionally administered. 

Additionally, our program is also recognized through our ACPHA accreditation by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  This means that our accrediting body, along with our program, have met the rigorous expectations of our processes, procedures and quality control related to our Learning Outcomes and program.

State Authorization

This program may fulfill a portion of the requirements leading to licensure within this field. Please visit the State Authorization webpage to review the requirements for licensure by state or program.

Contact Us

Peter Zohos, MBA, DES
Chair, Statler Department of Hospitality Management
Office: CAE 103
Phone: 814-824-2595