MTA Degree Requirements


The Master of Tourism Administration program is 30 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 30 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Core Courses | 12 Credits*

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

Individualized Study | 18 Credits

Students may design alternative concentrations with specialized focus areas within the tourism, hospitality and events industries such as business analytics, digital marketing, 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. Students will complete nine 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 three concentrations listed below.

Event & Meeting Management | 9 Credits

Hospitality Management | 9 Credits

Sustainable Tourism Management | 9 Credits

Electives | 9 Credits

Students select nine 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.


The MTA degree can also be combined with a bachelor's degree through GWSB's new 4+1 Program, which enables students to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years.