School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)
This is an Associate of Arts degree designed to substantially fulfill the freshman and sophomore course requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree programs in Hospitality Management at New Mexico State and other colleges and universities. The degree’s general education curriculum is accepted for transfer toward the general education core. Go here for articulation agreements.
Students are encouraged to communicate with the School of Business & Information Technology associate dean or program chairs, as well as with admissions advisors at the college or university where they plan to complete the bachelor’s degree. Courses taken with the credit/no credit option, transfer credits and non-traditional credits that have been accepted by CNM may not be accepted by the transfer institution. Many four-year institutions have minimum grade point average requirements for admission as well as a requirement that all coursework be completed with grades of C or better.
The Hospitality & Tourism degree provides the foundational coursework for hospitality management. An overview of the hospitality industry and various employment and educational opportunities will be explored. In addition, students will study hospitality operations, marketing, event planning, food safety and production. Organizational behavior, human resources, leadership and management skills will be developed and applied in theory and lab settings.
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Educational Option Information
- This educational option can be completed: Part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in four terms.
- This educational option can be started: Any term
- Primary course location: Main Campus; many courses are offered online
- Students are required to purchase new textbooks for program courses with third party exams.
- Uniforms, Tools and equipment may be required for food production labs.
- Students should be able to lift 30 pounds and must present a physician’s certificate to CNM at the start of classes stating that the student is free from tuberculosis in a transmissible form.
- Students must be able to stand for the duration of lab classes.
Approximate Costs of this Educational Option
Financial Aid Considerations
Students completing the certificate may also receive certificates in Hospitality and Tourism, and Food Service Management.
Note - NMSU: Students should contact NMSU’s HRTM department one or two terms prior to their expected start date in order to begin the application process.
Note - ENMU Students should contact ENMU’s College of Business at for more information.
Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Jobs are available in lodging, casinos, restaurants, resorts, cruise ships, event planning, convention services, sales and marketing, bed and breakfasts, and other areas. Types of employment range from front office, marketing, guest services, to management and leadership positions. Many hospitality careers have competitive benefits and wages with the opportunity for rapid advancement.