The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Hospitality Management program at South Seattle College will prepare those students who have completed a two-year technical degree for management, marketing and human resource positions in all facets of the hospitality industry, including tourism, hotel operations, restaurant management, catering, cruise ship operations, casino operations and travel. The four-year management degree will also serve emerging hospitality fields such as the growing number of assisted and independent living facilities in the Puget Sound region that cater to the increasing population of retirees and the elderly. The program is unique in its focus to provide applied management training to underrepresented students in the regions largest hospitality industry.

Frequently Asked Questions about the BAS Program

South Seattle College is accredited to offer two-year and four-year degrees by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
The BAS program currently admits students at the start of fall quarter only (exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis and require the approval of the BAS Faculty Coordinator). Classes are scheduled in the afternoon to minimize interference with work schedules. For students who have satisfied all prerequisites, the Bachelor of Applied Science degree can be completed in two years of full-time attendance. Required upper division courses are offered just once a year, so it will be important to work with SSCC staff to ensure you are enrolling in the appropriate courses. Students admitted to the BAS program are expected to take at least two core classes per quarter.
If you have two years of college or an associates degree, especially in a technical field such as culinary arts or business, and are interested in furthering your career or advancing your knowledge in your field, this program is for you. Current workers in the industry with some college should also contact the college to find out how they could become eligible to apply.
Students who have not been formally admitted to the program may register for courses only with permission from the faculty advisor. You will be considered a non-matriculated student and will remain under this status until you apply and are formally admitted to the program at the following fall quarter start date.

The technical core education requirements of the BAS degree in Hospitality Management are designed fulfill a set of desired learning outcomes for the technical education of a hospitality management undergraduate in the United States in the 21st century. Students completing the BAS in Hospitality Management should be able to:

  • Read and analyze financial statements and budgets
  • Demonstrate specific hospitality industry accounting skills
  • Describe a hospitality business philosophy
  • Utilize computer technology
  • Describe the building of a brand positioning statement
  • Demonstrate expertise in hospitality sales and marketing
  • Demonstrate confidence in leveraging Internet marketing
  • Demonstrate a competency in understanding and executing human resource; policy and practices consistent with organization objectives and third party regulatory entities
  • Demonstrate knowledge in personal skills as it pertains to the hospitality industry including professional business etiquette and ethics
  • Apply basic principles of management and leadership
  • Recognize diversity of cultural influences and values
  • Manage and implement daily operations of a hospitality enterprise
  • Understand and apply basic principles of business law and ethics
Your program advisor will help you design a program of study that will help you get the most benefit from each course.
Please see the program requirements sheets that are available in this packet or on SSCC's web site. You should discuss your specific career and advising plans with a program advisor.
South knows that its students are busy and often need to work while attending school. The BAS class schedule is conducive to the working student’s lifestyle as classes are offered onsite, online and a few are a hybrid of both. For example, one cohort will meet for class on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00am-1:20pm OR 12:00pm-4:20pm and the other cohort will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-1:20pm OR 12:00pm-4:20pm. Each student’s schedule is set when they are admitted to the program and it will never change!
Admission to the BAS in Hospitality Management is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. Preference is given to earlier applications. Please use the application form and follow the directions enclosed in this packet or download the information from the BAS web site. Please note, the admissions process is different for international students, so please contact the International Programs office at (206) 934-5360.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $35.00 to apply to the program. See the Applied Baccalaureate Tuition page for the current cost per credit (this does not include parking fees, student identification card fee etc).
Yes! Students pursuing the BAS will be eligible for federal, state and institutional grant funds, such as the Pell Grant, WA State Need Grant, South Seattle College Grant, Educational Opportunity Grant and work study. To determine whether you are eligible for financial aid you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Find out more information about financial aid by visiting the financial aid web page or calling (206) 934-5317.
Yes! There are four scholarships available that will pay for a year of full-time enrollment. Please see the Foundation Office web page or call (206) 934-5809 for details.
Yes. Interested International Students should contact SSCC’s International Programs office at (206) 934-5360 or visit the International Programs web page.
The internship requires 1,000 hours of industry experience prior to graduation. We will consider any appropriate work experience within the past 5 years toward the 1,000 hour goal. Many local organizations are interested in providing internships for students.
You may be able to earn credit for prior learning and/ or work experience for some management courses through a number of different options, such as challenging a course by successful completion of a challenge exam, or demonstration of certification in a relevant area such as accounting, business or hospitality. When you are admitted to the program, your program advisor will review your transcripts and experience with you and discuss the options available.
You will be eligible for provisional admission. Many of your existing general education courses will count toward the upper-division general education requirements. You may have to make up some lower-division work, for example, by attending a condensed program leading to the A.A.S.-T degree in Business Information Technology. Most students in this situation should still be able to complete their coursework within two years. When you are admitted to the program, your program advisor will review your transcripts with you and discuss the options available.
You are still eligible to apply if you plan to complete your two-year degree by the time classes begin for the BAS program at the end of September. You should apply now.


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