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Restaurant Management Program

The Restaurant Management program provides opportunities for students to learn necessary skills for a management career in the food and beverage industry. Learn business law, food and beverage management, supervision and customer service through a variety of hospitality courses

The Restaurant Management Associate in Applied Science degree provides the academic and practical background for immediate entrance into this dynamic field. Certificates in Restaurant Management and Wine Appreciation and Knowledge are also available.

Students will also gain real-world experience essential to careers in restaurant management through Waterleaf Restaurant, located on the COD campus. Learn from expert faculty who bring industry expertise and real world experience to the classroom.

Determine Your Path

Take classes in supervision, restaurant service and sales, hospitality industry accounting and law for hospitality.

Whether you are preparing for a career in hospitality or tourism, planning to transfer to a four-year institution or updating your skills, College of DuPage has the right program for you. We offer: 

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry and teaching experience.
  • Flexible schedules with day and evening classes.
  • Affordable classes.
  • Articulated transfer program with several prestigious institutions.
  • Programs designed to prepare students with the skills that are in demand by today’s employers.
  • Study Abroad opportunities to locations such as Budapest and Prague.

Restaurant Management, Associate in Applied Science

The Restaurant Management, Associate in Applied Science provides an opportunity for students to learn the necessary skills for a management career in the food and beverage industry. This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits

Restaurant Management

The Restaurant Management certificate focuses on front of the house service skills. Upon completion, students will be prepared for management positions in the restaurant industry. The certificate requires 16 credits.

Wine Appreciation and Knowledge

The Wine Appreciation and Knowledge certificate teaches students techniques that impact the aroma, flavor, body and style of wines and learn how certain practices affect wine flavor through lectures and tastings.  The certificate requires 10 credits.

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"The professors offered a top-notch educational experience by blending the educational materials with the real-world situations that need to be taught in any field. COD courses offered the flexibility of attending college and working at the same time, helping me set a fine balance.” - Santino Cardoso

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in restaurant management is to apply for admission.

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Hospitality and Tourism Program graduates will

  • Engage in critical analysis and creative thinking
  • Apply the basic principles of analytical thinking and problem solving when examining hospitality management issues
  • Analyze trends and organizational data and develop business strategies for the hospitality industry
  • Collect and evaluate information to make sound decisions
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate concepts and theories across functional business domains (e.g. Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, etc.)
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function effectively in a diverse and global organizational environment
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application of selected technology
  • Synthesize core concepts in the areas of hospitality accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, and quantitative methods
  • Demonstrate personal and professional standards for ethical decision-making and social behavior
  • Evaluate personal and professional goals and development based on perceived strengths and potential for life-long learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, listen, and clearly express themselves using written, oral, visual, and quantitative methods to communicate effectively with superiors, coworkers, customers, and members of the community
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills needed for managing diverse and global hospitality operations

College of DuPage has several hospitality management and tourism in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.


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