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Hospitality U: eCornell

Hospitality U: eCornell

Some of the most common questions I get asked are:

  • "how do I develop myself in this fast-changing industry?", and 
  • "where do I start if I have never worked in hospitality before?"

One of my passions is to help people thrive in their careers, that's why Aline Silva and I decided to create a series of posts, that we are calling, "Hospitality U" - check post here - related to strategic hospitality education.  

One of Hospitality U's theme will be related to hospitality schools in the United States and abroad that offer online programs – certificates, masters – that can be done from the comfort of your home, and also short-term courses, that might require some travel.

I know how busy our schedules are, but if we don't make time to pursue your dreams and passions, we'll always think that there is not enough time. So start today, and take 30 minutes a day, to develop yourself and your career. When I feel I am developing myself and when I have a purpose, I feel happy and accomplished.  

I am excited to kick off the Hospitality U posts with eCornell, and to share a special discount to use in all eCornell certificates, so check out below for more details. 


The well-knows and renowned Cornell University has an online education department - eCornell. The famous Cornell School of Hotel Administration, considered to be one of the best hospitality schools in the world, offers Hospitality and Food Service Management online certificates through eCornell.  All courses are "authored by Cornell faculty members, and certificates are electronically issued".

Based on your background and goals, enrollment counselors can help you find the best certificate for you. There are no prerequisites or a formal admission process required.  There are several certificates under the Hospitality umbrella, and most of them have 5 courses and last 3 months. The courses require 3 to 5 hours of your time per week. You can take the classes from anywhere in the world (yes, are available internationally!), anytime you want. For our busy schedules, this is a perfect opportunity to advance on our hospitality education - most of the courses start every two weeks! 

eCornell also offers two online Master certificate options: The Master Certificate in Hospitality and Master Certificate in Revenue Management – both certificates have 18 courses each and can be completed online in 9 months. 

All Hospitality certificates can be found in eCornell website, link here. If you would like to take advantage of their online certificates, here is a special code for you: HOSPVITAE. You can enter the code during registration at ecornell.com and you will be granted a 20% discount. The discount is valid for any of the certificates*.


One thing that I would advise doing is checking if your company offers any tuition reimbursement program. Certificates' prices range from $1,260 to $9,800, depending on how long they last and the number of courses. If your company has a tuition reimbursement program, you might be able to pay less out-of-pocket.  

Another interesting option offered by eCornell is the series of live one-hour webcasts, in which you can interact via Q&A. You can subscribe for $9.99 a month, or $99 a year, and have access to the Hospitality channel and other channels, such as Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and many more! I have just registered for the upcoming webinar "How to design an irresistible menu" with Ravinder Kingra, Lecturer from the School of Hotel Administration - Cornell University.

Did you enjoy the first Hospitality U post? Which schools would you like me to write about?  

I would like to thank Amanda Miller, Director of Corporate Programs, for talking to me and answering my questions about eCornell certificate programs.

*The discount code does not work for the webcasts, only for certificates.

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