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Hospitality & Entertainment Management

Hospitality & Entertainment Management

Program Overview

Program Overview

You want to be a hospitality and entertainment management pro, so learn from accomplished professionals in the perfect location: Nashville. Music City’s interwoven hospitality and entertainment industry is dynamic and growing. Your opportunities are vast — launch a career in a major hospitality and entertainment company like Disney or Gaylord, dreaming up the next exciting experience for their loyal customers. Or prepare to lead as a cruise line’s guest relations manager, event manager, or publicist.  

Nashville’s tourism and hospitality industry generates close to $6 billion annually in Middle Tennessee with more than seven years of record-breaking growth. As the second largest industry in Nashville, it employs 103,400 people and attracts 14.8 million visitors a year. The business itself counts for 1 in 10 jobs in the world.

Let our experts train you to join the creative class of hospitality and entertainment managers at home or abroad. Imagine managing artists like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett or Kelsea Ballerini or leading the launch of the coolest new restaurant on Broadway.

With experiential, paid learning opportunities as you go through your rotations on campus, you’ll have the confidence and competence you need to grow in what interests you most and succeed in your chosen career. Our program will prepare you to create, collaborate and lead with a servant heart and an entrepreneurial spirit.



Classes will include event planning, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, entertainment business, career creativity, principles in data science, hospitality and tourism and more.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Mike Fernandez

    Mike Fernandez

    Dean, College of Entertainment and the Arts

    Mike Fernandez serves as the founding dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts at Lipscomb University. He received his B.A. in theatre from Abilene Christian University and a...

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  • Scott Baker

    Scott Baker

    Adjunct Faculty

    Scott Baker wears many hats for Lipscomb Theatre. As the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach for the College of Entertainment and the Arts, he has a hand in promoting...

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Career Paths

Lodging Managers

Lodging managers ensure that guests on vacation or business travel have a pleasant experience at a hotel, motel, or other types of establishment with accommodations. They also ensure that the establishment is run efficiently and profitably.

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.

Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.