Sustainable Tourism, MST

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Do you recognize the transformative power of tourism? This program prepares future sustainable tourism professionals to meet the increasing demand for people trained in environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability practices and the application of those practices in tourism.

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 to create 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.

The program prepares future sustainable tourism professionals to meet the increasing demand for people trained in sustainability practices and the application of those practices in tourism.

At A Glance

Sustainable Tourism, MST

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the 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.

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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