About the School
The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration offers a premiere undergraduate hospitality management education. Our exceptional master’s degree program is the only one in the state of Louisiana. The size of this burgeoning industry opens graduates of the school to a wide variety of positions and career choices that includes hotels, restaurants, country clubs, convention centers, managed services, cruise lines, casinos, and resorts.
The biggest advantage of the Kabacoff School is its location in the "living laboratory" of tourism, the City of New Orleans. Most major hotel chains are represented in the city and the metro area offers a wide variety of opportunities in hotels, restaurants, food-service companies, private clubs, tour companies, and convention service companies.
Students take classes in the foundations of the hospitality and tourism business including hospitality operations, marketing, law, and cost control. In addition, students take specialized classes in tourism, meetings, conventions and event planning, food and beverage management, and hotel operations management. Students will be able to relate and apply these classes because they are also required to complete a work experience requirement of 600 hours as part of the degree.
- We have the only Master's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Administration in the state of Louisiana.
- The School of HRT is accredited by AACSB.
- Ninety percent of all of our students hold full or part-time jobs that are directly related to their profession.
- Our faculty has significant industry experience including general manager, division vice president, and others.