Master of Tourism Administration

The master of tourism administration degree program is designed to prepare students for competitive professional management positions in public, commercial, or nonprofit organizations, providing visitor services at the local, national, or international level. In addition to coursework, students have opportunities to learn from culturally diverse colleagues and from a wide range of visitor-service organizations. Students may choose one of the three formal concentration areas: sustainable tourism, event and meeting management, or hospitality management. They also may develop an individualized studies program.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines*:

Fall and Summer
Round 1 1/15
Round 2 4/1
Round 3 5/15
 

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-64) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246).  This requirement may be waived for qualified applicants.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records: 

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload only the English-language version of their transcripts.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements: 

A current resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street NW
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
business@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-1212
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Required
TSTD 6249Sustainable Destination Development
TSTD 6251Applied Quantitative Methods
TSTD 6270Research Methods and Applications
MBAD 6263Organizations and Human Capital
or MGT 6282 New Venture Initiation
Completion of one of the following areas of specialization:
Sustainable tourism management specialization
Required
TSTD 6260Tourism Economics
TSTD 6261Tourism Policy and Planning
TSTD 6263Destination Marketing
Electives
9 credits in concentration-specific elective courses chosen in coordination with the student's academic advisor or program director.
Event and meeting management specialization
Required
TSTD 6276Risk Management for Events and Meetings
TSTD 6277Event Management
TSTD 6278Conference and Exposition Management (Suggested Electives)
Electives
9 credits in concentration-specific elective courses chosen in coordination with the student's academic advisor or program director.
Hospitality management specialization
Required
TSTD 6220International Hospitality Management
TSTD 6221Hospitality Market Analysis
TSTD 6296Hospitality Digital Marketing Strategies
Electives
9 credits in concentration-specific elective courses chosen in coordination with the student's academic advisor or program director.
Individualized plan of study
Students may design a 30-credit plan of study, with a brief proposal specifying the courses to be taken submitted to the program director for review.