Our highly respected Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) program prepares graduate students for successful and rewarding careers in event and meeting management, hospitality management, sport management, and sustainable tourism management.

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., within a top-ranked business school, our MTA faculty combines classroom and field-based learning with exceptional access for jobs and internships, professional networking, and career development.

For over 40 years, students have enjoyed world-class educational experiences by pursuing an MTA graduate degree at the George Washington University. Follow us though social media, read more about current news and developments. When you are ready, apply to join our MTA family, or contact us to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

Academic Program Overview

Interested in being a leader in the tourism, hospitality, sport, or event field? Look no longer as we prepare students for career goals. Faculty are connected, current, and care about students. The program takes full advantage of Washington, D.C., with terrific opportunities for practical experience, professional networking, and career development.

Hybrid Online/On-Campus MTA Option

The Master of Tourism Administration program is also offered in a hybrid on-campus/online format. This option is designed specifically for busy professionals, allowing them to work around their schedules while completing MTA coursework.

The hybrid format option provides the best of both worlds — offering all the core program requirements online and a combined set of concentration courses online featuring the best of events, tourism, hospitality, and sport, while also allowing students the option of taking on campus and/or international study abroad courses.

How the Program Works

  • Course Capture: Campus lectures are recorded through advanced course-capture technology and made available to all students via Blackboard. MTA candidates can conveniently watch course lectures on their own time. Recorded lectures may also be downloaded to a variety of devices to watch or listen to on the go.
  • Blackboard: Tests, assignments and communications are managed virtually through Blackboard for the program.
  • Campus Visits: All MTA candidates attend an orientation session that is highly recommended on campus at the beginning of the program, where they have a chance to meet with their new peers.


Don’t wait, pursue your passion and apply for admission to our program. On this page, learn more about you will need as part of the application process. We aim to make the process as smooth as possible, and if you have any questions along the way please contact us.

The application can be completed online and you will hear in two-three weeks once it has been submitted. Transcripts, two letters of recommendations, a statement of purpose, and GRE/GMAT (some exceptions apply) are required.

Jobs, Internships, and Careers

GW’s Master of Tourism program offers you real-world learning opportunities through projects, internships and research to prepare you for a career in the sport, events, hospitality and tourism fields.

Tuition and Financial Planning

From scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study arrangements, we offer a wealth of resources to help you finance your Master of Tourism Administration degree.

Faculty and Staff

Our MTA faculty and staff are passionate, student-centered, and approachable. GW has attracted internationally renowned professors and guest speakers who share their knowledge, industry know-how, and professional connections.  We are fortunate to be located “at the center of it all,” which helps us build strong relationships with industry leaders and is a distinct advantage in securing internships, jobs, and careers for our students.

Industry Engagement

Our MTA program is proud to welcome successful, high-profile adjunct faculty and guest lecturers who share their expertise and cutting-edge knowledge with our students. These champions of industry, government and non-profit organizations are a key component of the GW experience.

Off-Campus Study Programs

At GW, learning and networking occur far beyond the classroom. Students choose among varied for-credit opportunities including consulting in developing global destinations, domestic case studies, and immersion programs at the Olympic Games and World Cup.

Social Media

Whether you are a prospective student or a member of the GW community, get the latest insights from our program and faculty through a variety of social media channels.

In the News

View past editions of our program e-newsletters, and sign up to receive future editions. Also, keep up with the news our faculty has made in their specialized fields.