Academic Program

Overview

Interested in being a leader in the tourism, hospitality, sport, or event field?  Look no further, as we prepare students for successful careers.

We prepare students for successful careers in tourism, hospitality, sport or event management. Faculty are connected, current, and care about students. The program takes full advantage of Washington, D.C., with outstanding opportunities for practical experience, professional networking, and career development.

GW Master of Tourism Administration — MTA the country’s leading, longest-running, and most innovative graduate tourism program.

The GW Master of Tourism Administration program equips students for competitive management positions in tourism, hospitality, sport and event and meeting management. Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, serves as a vast classroom with unmatched opportunities for practical experience, professional networking, and career development.

Choose to concentrate in one of four areas of study that best fits your career goals.

Beyond textbooks, you’re immersed in real life.

Academic Program – Highlights

  • Core Elements with International focus
  • Depth and breadth of the concentrations
  • Depth and breadth of electives from across the School and University
  • Integration of theory and practical applications
  • A focus on projects
  • A program that futures full-and part-time study options

Program Curriculum

 

CORE COURSES Credits Hours
TSTD 6249 Sustainable Destination Management 3
TSTD 6251 Quantitative Applications in Tourism/Hospitality Management 3
TSTD 6270 Tourism and Hospitality Management Research 3
Subtotal 9
(NOTE: Tourism & Hospitality is used as a common term in course titles but projects and case studies from all concentration areas are included)
CONCENTRATION COURSES
EVENT AND MEETING MANAGEMENT

Credit Hours

TSTD 6276 Risk Management for Event & Meeting Industry 3
TSTD 6277 Event Management 3
TSTD 6278 Conference and Exposition Management 3
TSTD 6279 Event Entertainment Management 3 12
Electives 9
30
HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT Credit Hours
TSTD 6220 International Hotel Management 3
TSTD 6221 Hotel/Resort Market Analyses 3
TSTD 6290 Relationship Management in Hospitality 3
TSTD 6296 Travel Information Management Systems 3 12
Electives 9
30
SPORT MANAGEMENT Credit Hours
TSTD 6264 Sport Marketing 3
TSTD 6265 Sport Law: Contracts and Negotiations 3
TSTD 6266 Sport and Event Facility Management 3
TSTD 6267 Sport Media and Communications 3 12
Electives 9
30
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM MANAGEMENT Credit Hours
TSTD 6260 Destination Economics 3.0
TSTD 6261 Destination Planning 3.0
TSTD 6262 Destination Policy Analysis 1.5
TSTD 6263 Destination Marketing 3.0
TSTD 6250 Destination Management 1.5 12
Electives 9
30
INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES Credit Hours
Students may plan an alternative concentration with specialized focus areas: ecotourism, cultural-heritage tourism, travel marketing, and others. 12
CAPSTONE COURSES Credit Hours
TSTD 6283 Practicum 3
TSTD 6297 Advanced Topical Studies 3 6
-OR-
TSTD 6299 Thesis Seminar 3
TSTD 6300 Thesis Research 3 6
Subtotal 30
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 36

Mission

The Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) program was founded in 1973 to create and disseminate knowledge on tourism, hospitality, sports, and events in order to equip graduates to be leaders in their respective fields. In pursuit of this mission, program faculty conduct research, remain current, and communicate practical applications of findings through effective teaching, professional networking, and related extracurricular activities.

Learning goals

By the end of the degree program, each student will:

  1. Have knowledge of the conceptual foundations and essential principles of tourism, hospitality, sport or event fields in order to gain meaningful employment and career success;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, conduct research, and apply relevant results to position oneself as a thought-leader in the industry;
  3. Illustrate critical thinking by using decision-making tools to solve issues in the tourism, hospitality, sport, or event fields;
  4. Be an effective communicator with the ability to prepare reports and deliver presentations;
  5. Understand how tourism, hospitality, sport, and events can contribute to sustainable development goals within the context of a global environment.