MTA Degree Requirements


The Master of Tourism Administration program is 36 credit hours long. Three-credit courses are a full semester long (14 weeks). Courses that are 1.5 credits are seven weeks in length and are offered either in the first or second half of a semester.

Students must successfully complete the following course and program requirements to be eligible for the Master of Tourism Administration degree.


Program Requirements

  • Complete one of four concentrations or an individualized plan of study (see list below).
  • Achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of graduation.
  • Complete all degree requirements within five (5) years.


Course Requirements

Students must complete 36 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Core Courses | 9 Credits*

*Core courses may be waived based on previous academic coursework. See the MTA Core Course Waiver Policy for details.

Please note: Tourism and Hospitality is used as a common term in course titles, but projects and case studies from all concentration areas are included.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose and complete one of the four concentrations or an individualized plan of study listed below:

Event & Meeting Management | 9 Credits

Hospitality Management | 12 Credits

Sport Management | 12 Credits

Sustainable Tourism Management | 9 Credits

Electives | 9-12 Credits

Students select 9-12 credits of elective courses depending on their chosen concentration. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of courses taken at the GW Law School where courses are letter graded and then converted to a CR on the graduate transcript. Elective credits can be fulfilled by taking 6000+ level courses within the School of Business.

Individualized Studies | 21 Credits

Students may plan an alternate concentration with specialized focus areas. See your academic advisor for more information.

Capstone | 6 Credits

Students must choose to either complete the Practicum or the Thesis option.


BBA/Master of Tourism Administration

A minimum of 36 total credits are required for the Master of Tourism Administration degree.  Students share a maximum of 9 credits of graduate coursework between the BBA and Master of Tourism Administration:

  • TSTD 6249 Sustainable Destination Management
  • TSTD 6270 Tourism and Hospitality Management Research
  • TSTD 6000 level elective (selected with graduate academic advisor)

Visit Combined Degree Programs: BBA / MTA