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Quick Facts

  • Delivery: on campus
  • Credits: 120

Ball State’s Hospitality Innovation and Leadership program offers you the opportunity to study from faculty, staff, and industry experts with years of service in event planning, food and beverage management, and hotel management in a very practical and applied way. Students learn how to be leaders in a diverse, ever-changing, and trending industry.

The student-run and operated restaurant Allégre is a fine dining experience. Students learn to be highly-skilled managers/entrepreneurs in the hospitality aspects of running a restaurant. This vital and experiential learning environment provides hands-on and practical application of coursework in a real workplace setting. Students will be versed in the tools of the trade in this well-rounded program. 

Major Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in hospitality innovation and leadership blends the University Core Curriculum with courses in business foundations, hospitality and food management, and general electives to round out your degree.

After completing your core courses in the program, you’ll be able to select electives in the service area that best fits your career aspirations. The degree can be completed as a bachelor of arts, which requires a language component, or a bachelor of science.

A student preparing a group of desserts. Credits



A few of the classes you will take include:


  • HOSP 110 principles of food preparation and food science
  • HOSP 222 commercial food operations
  • HOSP 400 restaurant management


  • HOSP 287 introduction to event management
  • HOSP 387 event mechanics and promotions
  • HOSP 487 event production in the modern hospitality industry


  • HOSP 250 lodging management
  • HOSP 450 strategic operation and lodging industry
  • HOSP 499 capstone and hospitality innovation and leadership

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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College Scholarships

About four of every five students receive some kind of merit- or need-based assistance with their tuition and fees. On top of the dozens of options our university offers its students, Miller College of Business gives several awards every year to its own students. Learn more.

Common Minors

Popular minors for hospitality innovation and leadership majors include:

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Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about our hospitality innovation and leadership bachelor's degree, complete our online form. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

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