Hospitality Management

School of Business

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

The graduate certificate in Hospitality Management is based on a multidisciplinary approach and provides specialized knowledge in hotel development and management. Its epistemological root is grounded in service management to care for consumers away from homes. It is now a multidisciplinary field due to the two main aspects of the business: development and operations. The development aspect of the hospitality business serves ownership groups by providing investment advice in market analysis, feasibility studies and asset management. The operations aspect focuses on hospitality management functions using different business models, such as management contract, franchise agreement and leasehold. 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:


Round 1 1/15
Round 2 3/1
Round 3 5/15


Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations required.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program. 

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street NW
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 22-994-1212
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday