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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

Established in 1984 to serve and support Chicago's number one industry, the Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is the premier four-year hospitality program in Illinois. Named for Manfred Steinfeld, the program's benefactor and chairman and former CEO of Shelby Williams Industries, the program at Roosevelt seeks to produce leaders and innovators in hospitality management. With Chicago as our campus, the curriculum is implemented by experienced faculty and staff culled from the nation's hospitality industry. Students include a lively mix of entering freshmen, transfer students, working professionals, and a representative international population. 

What Differentiates Us



Our program is tuned to the local community with a service-learning project and partner with the Marriott Foundation for people with disabilities to benefit Chicago Public School graduates with severe learning and cognitive disabilities. This is how we embrace social justice and put values into action.

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All of our classes are taught in the evening, making it possible for students to continue to work full-time if they choose to do so.



As one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S., Chicago is the ideal training ground for hospitality and tourism professionals ... and Roosevelt University is at the heart of it. Move your career forward in this growing field, and learn from industry masters.

Expectations & Requirements


Students develop professional leadership abilities, technical skills, and creative problem-solving skills appropriate for the hospitality workplace. Our hands-on coursework in management theory and practice, operations analysis, organizational development, multiculturalism and cultural diversity will give you the experience you need to lead creatively and strategically.

Sample Courses

  • Executive Leadership
  • Management Theory and Practice for the Hospitality Industry
  • Organization Development and Multicultural Issues
  • Operations Analysis


Enrolling in the master’s in tourism and hospitality management program at Roosevelt University has been one of the most stimulating and rewarding experiences I have had. This program has given me an entirely new outlook professionally. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to learn from and develop long-term relationships with the instructors and fellow students. I would encourage everyone to consider this program. It is definitely worth the investment.

Nancy Lally 2010
Brian Margulis

“The RU Hospitality program has extensive experience with both traditional and nontraditional students – and we demonstrate our 'spirit of service' by focusing on the needs of each individual student. Over half of all classes are taught by experienced teachers who are also industry professionals teaching you the things that have made them successful in our field.”

Brian Margulis
Assistant Clinical Professor of Hospitality Management, Roosevelt University