MTA | Overview



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

The Master of Tourism Administration program equips students for competitive management positions in tourism, hospitality, sport and event & 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.


Program Highlights

  • Core Elements with an International Focus
  • Depth & Breadth of the Concentrations
  • A Wide Variety of Electives from Across the School & University

  • Integration of Theory & Practical Applications
  • A Focus on Projects
  • A Program that Furthers Full & Part-Time Study Options


MTA Concentrations

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


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.

Mission & Learning Goals

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.

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.

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