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The Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) program at the GW School of Business (GWSB) produces the industry’s next great leaders by combining classroom and field-based learning with exceptional access to jobs, internships, and networking and career development opportunities found only in Washington, D.C.


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Admission to the MTA program is competitive. Applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet the minimum requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Planning

From scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study, a variety of resources are available to help finance your degree.

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Course Requirements

An overview of current courses offered in the Master of Tourism Administration program.

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MTA Celebrates 45 Years

What began 45 years ago with a single course in eco-tourism quickly grew into the country's first master's degree in tourism administration. Today, we continue to instill in students an understanding of how tourism can drive development, conserve heritage, and promote peace and understanding.


Timeline: 45 Years of MTA History

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This image traces the history of the Master of Tourism Administration program from its humble beginnings to the nation's premiere tourism and hospitality graduate degree program.

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Students in the Master of Tourism Administration program interact with peers, instructors, industry professionals and alumni from all over the world in a rich learning environment that combines individual experiences and interests with innovative and sustainable local and global initiatives.

If you would like further information about our program or have questions, please email us at [email protected].


Faculty Director

Cevat Tosun
[email protected]
(202) 994-7087


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Jobs, Internships and Careers

A Master of Tourism Administration degree from the GW School of Business offers you real-world learning opportunities throughout your program through projects, internships and research that prepares you for a career in the events, hospitality and tourism fields. Our strong network of MTA alumni are employed in leadership positions around the world, including at the following organizations:

  • World Bank Group
  • IMF
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • China Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Google Travel
  • Marriott International
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • G Adventures
  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • U.S. Travel Association
  • Destinations International
  • Destinations D.C.
  • Brand USA
  • National Travel and Tourism Office
  • Anguilla Tourism Board
  • Japan Tourism Board
  • Puerto Rico Tourism Company
  • Chemonics
  • Solimar International
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • UN World Tourism Organization
  • CBRE Group
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Disney World
  • Frangipani Beach Resort Anguilla
  • Shanghai Disney
  • Marriott International
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • HotelBeds
  • Jones Lang LaSalle China
  • KSL Resort
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotels
  • Sol Melia International
  • Sonder
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • TripAdvisor
  • Trump International Hotels
  • Watergate Hotel
  • Actavis Pharmaceutical
  • Abercrombie and Kent
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Express
  • CES Exhibition
  • Destination D.C.
  • Disney World
  • Equal Justice Works
  • Event D.C.
  • F&W Media
  • The GW School of Business
  • Little Bird Told Media
  • Marriott International
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Monticello
  • Occasion, Inc.
  • Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Travel Association
  • World Bank Group

Off-Campus Study Programs

At the GW School of Business, learning and networking occurs far beyond the classroom. Students in the MTA program choose from several for-credit domestic and international opportunities, which include consulting in developing global destinations, domestic case studies, and immersion into local commercial and cultural environments. Below are a few examples of past and future programs.

Industry Engagement

Our MTA program is proud to welcome successful, high-profile guest lecturers who share their expertise and cutting-edge knowledge with our students. These champions of industry, government and non-profit organizations are a key component of the GWSB experience.

Donna Johnson
Strategic Account Director
Courtesy Associates

Michael Hannan
Fortezza Consulting, LLC

Michelle A. Mobley
Account Director, Marketing & Events
VRS Meetings and Events

Annette Suriani
Chief Marketing Strategist
AMS Meetings Solutions

Nicole L. Krakora
Global Protocol & Event Strategy Associates, Inc.

Faye Levin
Project Manager
Library of Congress National Book Festival

Alex Rolfe
Event Solutions Manager

Dr. Ghassan Aidi
Royal Regency International Hotels
Honorary Chairman
International Hotel & Restaurant Association

Leslie Adler
Corporate Development & Innovation
Choice Hotels International

Michael Bennett
Managing director, Digital Marketing & Strategy
KSL Resorts

Brad Colton
Director of Strategic Projects for Global Procurement
Marriott International

Jeff David
Managing Director
The Watergate Hotel

Robert Gilbert
President & CEO
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
Board of Directors

Loren Gray
VP of Digital Strategy
Standing Dog Interactive

John Greenleaf
Global Head - Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Noori Janjani
General Manager
The Churchill Hotel

Aaron Katz
President & CEO
Modus Hotels

Cecilia Lewis
Vice President of Lodging Program
Marriott International

Tom Riley
Vice President for Acquisition and Development
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Christopher Rutt
Corporate Director of Talent Acquisition
Crestline Hotels & Resorts

Kannan Sankaran
Managing Director
CRBE Lodging Group

Mark Gerchick
Aviation Consultant & Author

Cheryl Crowell
Crowell & Moring’s Advertising & Product Risk Management Group

Curt Cuttle
Policy Analyst
National Travel and Tourism Office

Donald Leadbetter
Tourism Program Manager
National Park Service

Leslie Zeck
Director of Meetings
American & International Associations for Dental Research

Jonathan Tourtellot
Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Dr. Marc Gopin
Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution Center for World Religions

Geoffrey Lipman
International Partnership for Tourism

Hanna Messerli
Tourism Specialist
World Bank

Helen Marano
Executive Vice President of External Affairs
World Travel and Tourism Council

Jim McCaul
Vice President of Destination Development and Advocacy
Destinations International

MTA Student Webinar Series

Organized by students and supported by MTA alumni, this webinar series focuses on engaging, current issues relevant to tourism and hospitality studies. Check out our first two webinars below and stay tuned for additional webinars later this summer.


MTA Studies Online

Considering the busy lives of working professionals and their need for flexibility, the Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) program offers students an opportunity to study online, on campus and off campus through our robust international and domestic experiential study courses. If you are interested in our distance learning program, contact [email protected] for more information.


International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS)

For thirty years, the International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) has supported the Master of Tourism Administration program in addressing the challenges posed by the tourism industry and helping communities that rely on visitors to manage their cultural and natural resources for the long-term. With the help of students from the MTA program, the IITS conducts research, offers workshops, and provides consulting services that help position tourism as a tool for sustainable development. These experiences are not only intended to help solve critical industry problems but to provide graduate students with the opportunity to apply their classroom lessons to real world situations.


This brief introductory video shows how the International Institute of Tourism Studies at the George Washington University School of Business guides community leaders, policymakers, industry influencers and the academic community toward a more just, equitable and profitable future for the tourism industry.

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