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Hospitality Management (Diploma)

IMPORTANT NOTICE Students starting this program in the Fall 2019 semester or later will be required to have a program GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
program overview
The Hospitality Management Diploma Program provides students with marketing and management principles associated with lodging and restaurant operations. For individuals already experienced in the field, the program offers an opportunity to expand marketing and management theory and practice in preparation for university transfer or management training programs.

NOTE:  Students beginning the program in the Summer semester should note that only non-HOSP courses will be available.  HOSP courses are offered in the Fall and Winter semesters.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) must be completed at Douglas College
  • 500 work experience hours approved by Chair

Course Requirements:

  • Students are expected to complete at least 24 credits of 1000 level courses prior to registering into 2000 level courses. This can be accomplished by registering into 2-3 “HOSP” 1000 level courses and 2-3 other 1000 program courses (BUSN, CMNS, CSIS, ECON, ENGL, FINC, MARK) in the first and second semester.
  • Students must enroll in and successfully complete four or five courses per semester to remain as Full Time status.
Course Number Course Title Credits

Required courses:

HOSP 1115

Tourism Business Structure


HOSP 1145

Introductory Food Management     


HOSP 1235

Food and Beverage Service Operations


BUSN 1320

Business Law


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Select one course from the following two options:

ACCT 1110*

Principles of Accounting I


HOSP 1210 (recommended)

Accounting Principles


Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1111

Workplace Communications for Selected Programs


CMNS 1115* (recommended)

Practical Writing


Select one course from the following three options:

ECON 1101** (recommended)

The Canadian Economy


ECON 1150*

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


Select one course from the following six options:

ENGL 1102

Reading Literature and Culture


ENGL 1106

Reading Fiction


ENGL 1114

Reading Poetry


ENGL 1115

Reading Plays


ENGL 1130*

Academic Writing


ENGL 2101

Studies in Canadian Literature


Select one course from the following two options:

FINC 1231

Commercial & Financial Mathematics


MATH 1160

Introduction to Statistics


Required Courses:

HOSP 2240

Front Desk Operations


HOSP 2255 (Winter only)

Beverage Management


HOSP 2310

Hospitality Management Accounting


HOSP 2330

Food and Beverage Cost Controls


HOSP 2415

Hospitality Sales and Advertising


HOSP 2445 (Fall only)

Hospitality & Accommodations Management


HOSP 2455

Hospitality Business Policy


HOSP 2465

Event Management


BUSN 3350

Human Resource Management


Total Credits


*Select asterix courses if you want to pursue the Bachelor of Business Administration track.

**ECON 1101 is recommended over ECON 1150.  Please note that some university-transfer programs require ECON 1150.

special academic requirements
To maintain Full Time status in the Hospitality Management Diploma program students must meet the following criteria:

1. Must register in a minimum of 12 credits  per semester; 


2. Achieve a minimum grade of “P” in all registered academic courses for which there is no prerequisite and a minimum grade of C- in which the course is a prerequisite.

If any of the above criteria are not met, students may be placed on Part Time Status. Failure to register into any HOSP program courses in any semester may result in removal from the Hospitality Management Diploma program. Students removed from the HOSP program can re-apply after one year. 


Course registration is prioritized for full-time students. Part-time students will have access to courses where seats are available. This may sometimes cause delays in progress through the program for part-time students.
Students must meet prerequisite grade of C- or better and finish first-year courses prior to registering into second-year courses or receive written permission of the Department Chair. Second-year courses are reserved for students having met prerequisites and completed first-year courses.
The program is designed to be completed in two years over four semesters - five courses per semester. Taking fewer than five courses per semester will leave you behind and having to complete courses during the summer or at other institutions should space not be available in HOSP. Full-time students taking three or less courses per semester will be re designated as Part Time.

Work Hours Graduation Requirement

Prior to graduating from the program, students must show proof of having completed at least 500 hours of paid hotel or restaurant experience.

career transfer pathways
University Transfer
Douglas College--in conjunction with the B.C. Government, private sector organizations and other institutions--has developed a common provincial core of courses in hospitality management. This program receives block transfer credit to third- and fourth-year degree programs at many universities around the world: 

British Columbia 
University of Victoria  
Royal Roads University  
Vancouver Island University   
Vancouver Community College   
Capilano University  
Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Ryerson University  
University of Guelph  

New Brunswick  
University of New Brunswick  

Hawaii Pacific University  

Australian International Hotel School 
Blue Mountain International Hotel School 
La Trobe University

Robert Gordon University

Swiss Hotel Management School
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
International Hotel Management Institute
Glion Institute of Higher Education

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

Employment Opportunities 
Tourism forms one of the largest industry sectors in British Columbia. Notwithstanding present economic conditions, forecasts show that there will be substantial growth for entry level and leadership roles in this field for the next decade.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11 or equivalent. MATU 0410 or successful completion of the Business Readiness Assessment are acceptable alternatives/equivalents for the Math 11 requirement.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

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