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 three 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.

Capstone Courses | 6 Credits

Students must choose the Practicum or the Thesis option.


Individualized Study | 21 Credits

Students may design alternative concentrations with specialized focus areas such as 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. Depending on the concentration, students will complete either nine or 12 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 four concentrations listed below.

Event & Meeting Management | 9 Credits

Hospitality Management | 9 Credits

Sustainable Tourism Management | 12 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 GW School of Business.

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 nine credits of graduate coursework between the BBA and the Master of Tourism Administration:

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

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