Any successful restaurateur or food service manager knows that there’s more to running a great operation than serving delicious food. It requires solid business knowledge. If you like the idea of blending cuisine, hospitality and management skills, consider a career in Food Service Management.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, applicants with a degree in Food Service Management will have an edge when competing for jobs since a growing number of manager positions require postsecondary education in a hospitality or food service management program.*
ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, offers a year-round schedule so you can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Service Management in just 2.5 years. Students who have already earned an Associate Degree in a culinary related field may can earn their Bachelor’s degree in less than 15 months!
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
Our Food Service Management degree program is dedicated to studying the operational issues that lead to profitability. Students examine the food service industry from the perspective of management, and expanding leadership knowledge and skills to further their careers in the hospitality industry.
Operational decisions have financial consequences, and financial decisions have operational consequences. The ability to quantify, interpret, and analyze financial reports are necessary tools for a successful food service manager.
Accounting & Financial Management
Budgeting & Forecasting
Revenue Management & Cost Controls
Facility Management & Design
Understanding the difference between management and leadership is vital to career-minded professionals. Students are introduced to the leadership skills associated with creating, communicating, and implementing an operational vision.
Ethics in Business
Motivating Diverse Workforces
Strategic Planning & Implementation
Exposure to Industry Leaders
Successful food service operations are the result of many independent systems working seamlessly together. Special attention is paid to the development and management of service systems.
Beverage Program Design
Traditional & Social Media Marketing
Creating Outstanding Customer Service Systems
Project Management & Restaurant Simulation
Possible Career Track
Upon completion, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Service Management could pursue a career in the following areas:
The objective of the Food Service Management degree program is to educate and train prospective food service professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to compete for employment in the hospitality field. Graduates of the program will be able to:
Establish and maintain high standards of professionalism across all dynamics of foodservice operations.
Conform to a code of ethics when making business and operational related decisions.
Communicate effectively to diverse groups utilizing professional verbal and writing skills.
Implement strategies to effectively manage and improve foodservice performance.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of operational cost controls and its relation to the overall financial success of a foodservice establishment.
Understand how trends across the hospitality industry may affect operations from a service, people, product, and facilities perspective.
Cultivate habits of continuous learning and improvement in foodservice managerial practices.
Implement effective leadership techniques to enhance operational decision-making processes.
Create operational policies and procedures to effectively manage staff and guest relations.