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Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. The sector offers a range of exciting employment opportunities in areas such as destination planning and marketing, visitor management, and tourism development. Taught by faculty members who are leading industry practitioners, the program is structured to meet the needs of working professionals and full-time students, allowing opportunities for either part-time or full-time study in any semester. Typically, students complete the degree within one and a half years of full-time study or in two to three years of part-time study.

The MS in Tourism Management curriculum applies business and marketing theories to industryspecific cases and scenarios, and is constantly updated to reflect the latest industry trends. This 36-credit, full– or part-time program of study consists of a sequence of core courses, electives in specialized areas, and a capstone project whereby students carry out a research and consulting project for industry organizations. It is international in scope, and reflects the opportunities and challenges tourism managers face in today’s globalized world.

Learning occurs both in the classroom and in the industry—through various networking opportunities, lecture series, research projects, and optional internships—providing you with valuable pathways to reach your goals, whether you are just beginning your career as a graduate student or you have been working in the industry for years.

If you have relevant work experience, you may be eligible to waive a core course with departmental approval. Waivers permit you to take additional courses in selected areas; they do not reduce the number of credits required for the degree.

Students are required to take the following courses.