Food Service Administration

Bachelor of Science (BS)

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Program details

Credits required: 122

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Industry highlights

  • Young adults with a bachelor’s degree earn 50 percent more than those with just a high school diploma.

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A unique mix of business and sustainability

The food service administration bachelor’s degree completion program at WMU-Grand Rapids is ideal for people working in the food industry who want to take a next step toward a managerial or supervisory career. The public’s interest has shifted to local food sources, hormone-free meats, waste reduction and other environmentally conscious movements. The food service industry must have managers conversant in food systems, food science and sustainability to satisfy an increasingly informed public.

Our food service administration program is one of the only such programs in Michigan to have a strong focus on sustainability. So whether you are pursuing a career in food production and distribution or hospitality, among others, you will be equipped with in-depth knowledge of sustainable food systems, food science and business.

Flexibility is key

This bachelor’s degree offers a flexible curriculum, so you can tailor the program to meet your needs and prepare for a variety of careers that fall under the broad umbrella of food service. You may choose from electives in marketing, finance, chemistry, environmental science and more.

Further, the FSA program is offered in a hybrid format. Most of the coursework is done online and face-to-face classes are scheduled during the evening or on weekends. This allows students to balance schoolwork with their jobs and other life commitments.

Who should apply?

Associate degree graduates and culinary school graduates will find this bachelor’s degree completion program a logical next step toward a management career in the food science, food service or hospitality industry. Culinary school graduates might also find that the management aspects of the degree complement their prior educational experience.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the food service administration program are suited for management positions in a number of industries: restaurants and hospitality, food and beverage distributors, hospitals and long-term care facilities, commercial food facilities, schools, government food agencies and correctional facilities.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.