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Graduate students in our Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (MSTHEM) program (formerly known as the Master of Tourism Administration, or MTA) can pursue their professional passion by studying in a top-ranked business school with unparalleled access in Washington, D.C. Interested in joining? Reach out to us at [email protected].

MSTHEM students at the GW School of Business benefit from:

  • Our residence in a world-renowned business school, considered one of the top-ranked schools in the Economist, US. News and World Report, and the Financial Times
  • Our location in Washington D.C., which affords students the unique opportunity to access valuable internships and interact with industry champions and leading industry organizations inside and outside the classroom
  • Our expansive domestic and international network of alumni that are leaders and practitioners in events, tourism, and hospitality management
  • Our curriculum, taught by internationally-recognized faculty, which provides applied, project-based learning with opportunities for participating in hands-on consulting and research projects in Washington, D.C. and around the world
  • Our longevity as one of the oldest tourism-oriented graduate programs in the world (established almost 50 years ago) and our strong community of support for our students


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Event & Meeting Management



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Sustainable Tourism Management



Academic Program

Students in the MSTHEM program prepare for international positions in event and meeting management, hospitality management and sustainable tourism management.

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Admission to the MSTHEM 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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Connect With Us

Students in the MS in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management 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 [email protected] or contact Faculty Director Cevat Tosun directly at [email protected] or (202) 994-7087.





Leadership Council

We are pleased to introduce our highly esteemed MSTHEM Leadership Council comprised of leaders in the hospitality, tourism and event management industries.

Leadership Council Chair:

  • Rafat Ali, CEO & Founder, Skift

Leadership Council Members:

  • David Adler, CEO and Founder, Bizbash Media
  • Brian Beall (MTA ‘06), Vice President, Government Affairs, Cruise Lines International Association
  • Renee Cash (MTA ‘17), Chief of Protocol, Joint Staff at National Guard Bureau
  • Greg O’Dell, President & CEO, Events DC
  • Carolina Escolan (MTA ’11), Director, Owner Relations and Management Contract Services for Latin America & the Caribbean, Hilton Worldwide
  • Robert A. Gilbert, President & CEO, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
  • Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA
  • Aaron Katz, President, Modus Hotels
  • Kannan Sankaran (MTA ’99), Managing Director, CBRE (Hotels Advisory/Capital Market)
  • Miguel Wang (MTA ’05), Head of Development (China), Meliá Hotel International
  • Don Welsh, President & CEO, Destination International


MSTHEM Webinars

These webinars focus on engaging, current issues relevant to the tourism, hospitality and event management industries.

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International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS)

Since 1987, the International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) has supported the MS in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management 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 MSTHEM 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.

Support the MS in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (MSTHEM) Program

Your donation goes directly to a MSTHEM scholarship fund — please feel free to contact us for more detailed information. Thank you!



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