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College of Hospitality Studies

Prepare for a variety of career opportunities at home or around the globe when you cultivate your culinary and hospitality skills.

There are opportunities to bring the skills learned at Sullivan University with you around the world.

Hospitality is a particularly exciting career field to enter right now. There are career opportunities as diverse as can be imagined. Careers in large corporate sites and small independent operations offer settings to keep you challenged. There are opportunities to bring the skills learned at Sullivan University with you around the world. The College of Hospitality Studies offers a Professional Baker Diploma and a Professional Cook Diploma. There are four associate degrees, Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Event Management and Tourism, and Hotel Restaurant and Restaurant Management. We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

The faculty in the College of Hospitality Studies bring well over five hundred combined years of experience. The comradery and teamwork are evident in their support of student learning. Not only do they have extensive experience in the culinary, baking and pastry, and hospitality industries, but are also accomplished educators. The school itself is well equipped with all the necessary and specialty equipment to prepare students in international cuisines, garde manger, food production, baking and pastry.

Graduates from the College of Hospitality Studies can look for and be found in jobs around the globe. In fact, Sullivan alumni can be found in hotels, catering companies, restaurants, cruise ships, and teaching positions in places anywhere from Kentucky to Europe and Antarctica.

FOOD, CULTURE, HISTORY - it's no wonder Louisville was ranked #2 by the New York Times for best cities to raise a family!

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Sullivan University's Partnership with NASA HUNCH

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NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge

Sullivan University is proud to once again partner with the NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge competition that helps send one high school student team’s culinary masterpiece to the International Space Station.  View NASA Hunch Here.


International Travel

Associate Degree in Travel

"Prior to coming to Sullivan University, I was a server in a restaurant and could not break out of the foodservice business. I graduated from Sullivan in March of 1985 and landed my first position in the travel industry in May – a position I would have for 13 years. I started with the company as a ticket processor for the customer service department and when I left the company after 13 years, I was regional manager of international sales."

David Baggerly

Associate Degree in Travel with an emphasis in Marketing Graduate

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Private Chef Diploma and Culinary Arts Associate Degree

"My experience was incredible. I worked with and was taught by some of the most knowledgeable and caring chefs I could have asked for!"

Mitchell Cellars

Private Chef Diploma and Culinary Arts Associate Degree Graduate

Hospitality Cutting

Associate Degree in Professional Catering

"It was the best mid-life crisis I could have possibly chosen! I realized that, even in my mid-40s, this dog was not too old to learn new tricks. I was totally engaged by being around both the energy of far younger students, and the knowledge and experience of the chef instructors who were closer to my own age. New skills, new vocabulary, renewed discipline, new outlook on life, newly re-fueled inspiration and creativity."

Leslie Stewart

Associate Degree in Professional Catering and Personal Chef Diploma

Letter From the Executive Dean

Hello Student & Parents!

I am pleased to welcome you to the College of Hospitality Studies and our webpage. I hope you have taken the time to explore all that the College has to offer and what being part of the Sullivan University team really means. The other chefs and I are sure you will find, as many others have, that the College of Hospitality Studies gives its students the knowledge and the tools they need to compete in today’s hospitality industries (i.e., baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality business), while preparing you to be tomorrow's industry leaders.

If you are ready for a challenging career in any of our disciplines, have a desire to be held to a high standard academically and in a lab environment, and you excel in highly competitive, service-oriented situations – then the College of Hospitality Studies needs you! Schedule a visit and see us. If you are not sure, check out us out on social media, YouTube, and follow me on TikTok, @chefbeighey or @sullivanculinary and see for yourself.


Robert Beighey, MBA, CEC, CCA, CHE