PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Whether you decide to work abroad or remain close to home the skills you acquire in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program will prepare you with a solid management focused education allowing you to be employable in many businesses around the world. This new unique 15 month accelerated diploma program requires students to complete work experience components along with an applied management residency.

Students will learn in state-of-the-art facilities like our new Olds College Brewery, the new Pomeroy Inns & Suites, and Thompson Tap Room all located on our remarkable campus. By leveraging our relationships with industry associations, professional organizations, and tourism operators, students will experience a diverse range of facilities and services focusing on real-life learning. From leisure, tourism, sporting events, and recreation operations, to mixology, culinary theory and everything in between, students will be immersed in applied learning.

With a true entrepreneurial spirit and learner-driven attitude, Hospitality and Tourism Management students are positioned to thrive in the global business environment.


"This program helps students prepare not only for jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry, but for management positions. All the teachers are knowledgeable and always willing to help the students. It is a great experience for people looking to get into the industry." -- Marvin Deitzer, Hospitality and Tourism Management Graduate

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate with stakeholders to achieve personal and organizational objectives.
  • Apply strategic leadership skills to achieve organization objectives.
  • Analyze business information to make strategic decisions.
  • Apply resource management skills to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Apply professional standards to achieve personal and organizational objectives.
  • Apply ethical standards to achieve personal and organizational objectives.
  • Apply the marketing process to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Utilize business technologies to perform workplace duties.
  • Apply project management principles to achieve organizational objectives.




LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 15 (Fifteen) Months


METHOD OF DELIVERY: On Campus Delivery



  • Summer Intake – mid-August program start



  • October 1 for the Summer Intake


SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted



  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)
  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)


ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.



Alternate Admission status may apply to students who have not or will not complete one or more of the academic admission requirements. To apply under Alternate Admission Status, please provide the following:

  1. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
  • Introduce yourself
  • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
  • Elaborate on your career goals
  • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  1. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  2. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  3. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)


OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International StudentsInternational Students will require a Study Permit and a Co-Op Work Permit for this program.


DIRECTED FIELD STUDY/ WORK EXPERIENCE/ PRACTICUM REQUIRED: Applicable.     Students must complete two Work Experience courses where they will be working in a hospitality & tourism related industry. 


TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Special Events
  • Food and Beverage
  • Travel Counselling
  • Wine Industry
  • Food Tourism
  • Cruise Ships
  • Hospitality Human Resources
  • Tour Operations
  • Sport and Adventure Tourism
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Golf Operations
  • Sales and Conference Services

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STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!


COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.

Cindy Orr
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre

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