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.
- 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.
Students must complete 36 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.
Core Courses | 9 Credits*
- TSTD 6249 | Sustainable Destination Management | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6251 | Quantitative Applications in Tourism/Hospitality Management | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6270 | Tourism and Hospitality Management Research | 3 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.
Students must choose and complete one of the four concentrations or an individualized plan of study listed below:
Event & Meeting Management | 9 Credits
- TSTD 6276 | Risk Management for Event & Meeting Industry | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6277 | Event Management | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6278 | Conference and Exposition Management | 3 Credits
Hospitality Management | 12 Credits
- TSTD 6220 | International Hotel Management | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6221 | Hotel/Resort Market Analyses | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6290 | Relationship Management in Hospitality | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6296 | Travel Information Management System | 3 Credits
Sport Management | 12 Credits
- TSTD 6264 | Sport Marketing | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6265 | Sport Law: Contracts and Negotiations | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6266 | Sport and Event Facility Management | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6267 | Sport Media and Communications | 3 Credits
Sustainable Tourism Management | 9 Credits
- TSTD 6260 | Destination Economics | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6261 | Tourism Policy & Planning | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6263 | Destination Marketing | 3 Credits
- TSTD 6280 | Management of Destination Organizations | 3 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)
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