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About the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

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Office of the Dean
(713) 743-2610

Office of Graduate Programs
(713) 743-2457 and (713) 743-2530

Office of Placement Services
(713) 743-2423


John T. Bowen, Ph.D, C.H.E., Texas A&M University.

Associate Dean:
Carl A. Boger, Jr., Ph.D., C.H.E., Purdue University.

Graduate Program Director:
Ki-Joon Back, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

General Information

The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is rated among the world’s premier hospitality education programs and offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Hospitality Management (M.S.) in a traditional classroom setting and online. The program endeavors to broaden students’ understanding of the hospitality industry and to improve students’ abilities in administering management in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, and other entities in the hospitality industry. The graduate program of study is comprised of several areas of disciplines such as food and beverage management, lodging management, hospitality accounting and finance, marketing, facilities management, law, management information systems, travel and tourism, food and nutrition, and organizational development.

The Conrad N. Hilton College is housed in a $28.8 million complex, providing an unequaled environment for study of the hospitality industry. Included in the facility are the 86-room Hilton University of Houston Hotel and 40,000 sq. ft conference center and banquet facilities; two full-service restaurants; a cocktail lounge; class and seminar rooms; three ballrooms; a hospitality library and archives; extensive laboratories for product development, evaluation, and testing; facilities for quantity food production, culinary and food demonstration; enhanced by state-of-the-art hospitality technology and food service systems. Also included is the Don and Kathy Sanders Interactive Studio for Global Education, an interactive video conferencing facility with the capability to reach multiple distant locations for credit and non-credit course work associated with the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Executive Education programs.

In addition, the Conrad N. Hilton College is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. With a population of over four million people and some of the finest hotels, clubs, and restaurants in the nation, Houston offers a wealth of resources to the hospitality student. Students in the M.S. program are able to combine the elements of the program curriculum with the extraordinary “living laboratory” that is offered by the Hilton University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center and the city of Houston.

Research at the Conrad N. Hilton College

The Conrad N. Hilton College has initiated several innovative research programs demonstrating its determination to serve the hospitality industry, and society as a whole, in meaningful ways relevant to current development. The College initiated, in 1996, the first international Conference on Graduate Education and Graduate Students Research in Hospitality and Tourism, which is held at the University of Houston campus every three years. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information on graduate education and research to over 200 faculty and graduate students in hospitality and tourism programs representing over 60 universities in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

The Conrad N. Hilton College has several research centers and institutes which serve the industry and academic community with information needs:

  • The Wine and Spirits Management Institute (W&SMI) has developed the new standard of expertise in commercial beverage management. The CBM certification provides a competitive advantage for people seeking careers in the wine & spirits industry that is endorsed by our partners and leading industry organizations.
  • The Technology Research and Education Center (TREC), through its commitment to advanced technology research; partnerships with technology corporations; and relationships with the academic community, will provide the most current and comprehensive technology  information services to benefit all stakeholders in the hospitality industry.
  • The Loss Prevention Management Institute (LPMI) furnishes a forum for studying risk demands affecting the hospitality industry in the areas of insurance, safety, security, fire protection, and emergency planning.
  • The Gaming Education and Research Institute (GERI) provides public and private policymakers with current information to assist them in measuring the social, economic, and regulatory impacts of gaming activity and serves as a source of continuing education and executive development programs.
  • The Catering Research Institute was established, as a joint-project between the Foundation of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management to provide a research vehicle for catering professionals and to provide a comprehensive curriculum for individuals who wish to pursue catering and convention services as a career.
  • The Hospitality Industry Diversity Institute (HIDI) offers research, education, and resolutions in diversity issues.
  • The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Research Institute (HFTPRI) provides research services and pertinent information in the accounting, finance, and technology areas.

Alumni Association

The Conrad N. Hilton College Alumni Association (CHCAA) is one of 22 constituent alumni organizations affiliated with the University of Houston Alumni Organization (HAO), which is a forum for professional and social interaction to promote active involvement of the Conrad N. Hilton College in the association. The Alumni Coordinator can be contacted:

Phone: (713) 743-1591
Fax: (713) 742-2545