MTA Academic Program

Students enrolled in the Master of Tourism Administration program will complete a total of 30 credit hours distributed among core, concentration and elective courses. The number of available concentration and elective course credits may vary depending on a student’s selected concentration or pursuit of individualized study.

Distribution of Credits

Type Credits
Core Curriculum 12
Concentration Courses 9
Elective Courses 9
Total 30

Individualized Study

Students may design alternative concentrations with specialized focus areas within the tourism, hospitality and events industries such as business analytics, digital marketing, ecotourism, cultural heritage tourism, or travel marketing. Online students also tailor their studies with an individualized selection of courses. Students in Individualized Study will be assigned to a faculty advisor for academic mentorship.

Concentration Courses

Concentration Courses allow students to customize their education and develop skills tailored to their individual career goals. Students will complete nine credit hours in courses designed to focus on the core elements of a specific industry. Students may then choose to concentrate further with a series of suggested courses or broaden their education by choosing from a variety of alternative electives from the MTA curriculum and business curriculum at GWSB.

If not pursuing an individualized plan of study, students must choose and complete one of the three concentrations listed below. Scroll down for a list of each concentration’s required courses, or click the following links to view more detailed information on each concentration:

 

Degree Requirements

 

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Required
TSTD 6249Sustainable Destination Development
TSTD 6251Applied Quantitative Methods
TSTD 6270Research Methods and Applications
MBAD 6263Organizations and Human Capital
or MGT 6282 New Venture Initiation
Completion of one of the following areas of specialization:
Sustainable tourism management specialization
Required
TSTD 6260Tourism Economics
TSTD 6261Tourism Policy and Planning
TSTD 6263Destination Marketing
Electives
9 credits in concentration-specific elective courses chosen in coordination with the student's academic advisor or program director.
Event and meeting management specialization
Required
TSTD 6276Risk Management for Events and Meetings
TSTD 6277Event Management
TSTD 6278Conference and Exposition Management (Suggested Electives)
Electives
9 credits in concentration-specific elective courses chosen in coordination with the student's academic advisor or program director.
Hospitality management specialization
Required
TSTD 6220International Hospitality Management
TSTD 6221Hospitality Market Analysis
TSTD 6296Hospitality Digital Marketing Strategies
Electives
9 credits in concentration-specific elective courses chosen in coordination with the student's academic advisor or program director.
Individualized plan of study
Students may design a 30-credit plan of study, with a brief proposal specifying the courses to be taken submitted to the program director for review.

 

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