Food Service Management Degree – Paul Smith’s College

Earn a degree in Food Service Management at Paul Smith’s College to further your path toward the perfect job or career.

Food Service and Beverage Management

Food service and beverage managers are the heart and soul of the hospitality industry, guaranteeing the smooth operation of establishments around the world. If you are looking to start your food and beverage management career path – or gain new skills in this field – Paul Smith’s College is the perfect place for you. Learn to become an excellent manager who can oversee a busy team while also making smart business decisions and delivering guest satisfaction:

  • Gain hands-on experience working in our on-campus restaurants.
  • Master the foundations of culinary arts, nutrition and service management.
  • Study food-service trends in the hospitality industry.
  • Develop a talent for anticipating customer needs.
  • Hone your skills in financial accounting, management and leadership.
  • Understand best practices in quality assurance, safety and sanitation.

Graduates typically enter the workforce as management trainees or first-line supervisors, equipped with the knowledge and skills to rapidly advance in their careers.

Key Facts
  • B.P.S. Degree.
  • 123 credit hours (minimum) required.
    • 31+ credits must in liberal arts and sciences.
    • 45+ credits must be in 300/400 level courses.
  • 800 hours of industry work experience required.
    • 200 hours (minimum) required at each internship site.
    • This is non-credit bearing and there is no tuition fee.
Career Options
  • Food & beverage manager.
  • Banquet manager.
  • Dining room manager.
  • Maitre d’ hotel.
Required Courses

Program Planning Guide »

  • Professional Cooking Fundamentals I.
  • Professional Cooking Fundamentals II.
  • Effective College Writing.
  • First Year Seminar.
  • Dining Room and Kitchen Operations.
  • Foundation of Baking I.
  • International Cuisine.
  • Food Service Sanitation.
  • Organizational Behavior.
  • Financial Accounting.
  • Nutrition.
  • Principles of Management.
  • Commercial Cooking & Catering.
  • Food Service Operation Management.
  • Sustainable Practices Entrepreneurship.
  • Principles of Marketing.
  • Hospitality Futures.
  • Field Studies in Food.
  • Financial Decision Making.
  • Program Management.
  • Applications in Entrepreneurship.


Minor in craft beer studies and management to fully understand the industry fueled by craft brewing. Business is hopping:

  • taprooms
  • independent breweries
  • cooperative beer trails
  • specialty retail stores
  • beer-themed restaurants & events


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