Sustainable Tourism, MST

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Students in the MST program receive a comprehensive education with a focus on the environmental, economic and social aspects of tourism, equipping them with the skills necessary for creating pioneering sustainable development solutions to the challenges facing tourism today.

This holistic curriculum focuses on integrating all three pillars of sustainability into existing tourism theories and concepts. Students learn numerous strategies and tools for identifying and building innovative tourism products and experiences and minimizing adverse impacts of tourism so that resources and opportunities remain viable and sustainable for their host communities.

At A Glance

Sustainable Tourism, MST

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application deadlines and admission decisions

Admission decisions are made as soon as all of the application materials have been received. Students are admitted for fall, spring, or summer. 

  • July 15 for fall admission
  • November 15 for spring admission
  • May 15 for summer admission

Applications are accepted after these dates up until one week before the semester start date with a late fee.

Degree requirements

Required Core (24 credit hours)
CRD 569 Advanced Tourism and Recreation Studies (3)
TDM 520 Sustainable Thinking in Tourism I (3)
TDM 521 Sustainable Thinking in Tourism II (3)
TDM 530 Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning and Management I (3)
TDM 531 Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning and Management II (3)
TDM 540 Sustainable Food Management in Tourism (3)
TDM 550 Managing the Sustainable Tourism Business (3)
TDM 570 Sustainable Tourism (3)

Electives or Research (3 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (4 credit hours)
TDM 593 Applied Project (4)

Additional Curriculum Information
One elective or research course is selected from an approved list for three credit hours. Students should contact the academic unit for a list of possible courses. Other courses may be used with approval from the academic unit.

Students complete an applied project that may consist of a sustainable tourism development plan for a community, a thorough sustainability audit of a tourism business, or other project as approved by the faculty advisor.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field such as tourism, recreation, hospitality, business, geography or planning from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. professional statement
  4. resume
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and a financial guarantee statement..

Letters of recommendation should be from current or former employers, current or former faculty members, or others who are familiar with the applicant's scholarly and professional abilities and characteristics. The names, email addresses, titles and organizations from whom the student is requesting recommendations is also required.

A written professional statement describing the applicant's purpose in pursuing the master's degree is to be submitted online. In addition, a current resume is required outlining previous professional activities.

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