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Tourism Management - MA


Course Description

This leading-edge graduate program is the first of its kind in Canada’s tourism and hospitality education system. It responds to the worldwide demand for tourism and hospitality leaders to build and sustain a competitive advantage in the global tourism market. Timely and relevant program content has been designed in collaboration with industry experts, students, faculty and education partners. Students gain skills in destination development, leadership, sustainability and global tourism.

Who it’s for

Managers, owners and executives in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who want to increase their competency as managers in the tourism and hospitality industry. Typically, students have a minimum of five years experience in the industry.

Students requiring English language upgrading can qualify for the MA in Tourism Management program through our Pre-Master’s Program (PMP).

The MA in Tourism Management is designed to meet the advanced learning needs of professionals in the broad, diverse tourism industry. The employment focus is on travel generators - that is, on the middle managers and senior leaders who initiate, design, develop product, and market destinations, events and conferences, and cultural and natural attractions.

There is market demand for managers and executives with advanced capabilities in corporate leadership, policy, planning, marketing, strategic thinking, and sustainability. Career opportunities include management and executive positions in resorts, municipal, provincial and federal governments and operating agencies, destination management and marketing organizations, events and conference management companies, and inbound tourism companies.

Additional opportunities exist for tourism educators in public and private post-secondary institutions, where a Masters degree is usually an occupational requirement. Combining prior tourism industry experience with the advanced level learning offered in the Masters program can significantly enhance assessment of an individual’s potential, develop career opportunities, and build networks of valuable industry contacts.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

Outcomes

Graduates of the MA in Tourism Management have a broad range of applied technical, interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills in tourism leadership. The four competencies, applied to the areas of tourism leadership, sustainable tourism, destination development, international hotel and resort management and applied research include communications, knowledge, leadership and teamwork, critical thinking and global awareness.

Upon completing the program, students have:
-Critically engaged with current theory, practice and process
-Examined case studies, research articles, report and industry information in the areas of tourism leadership, sustainable tourism, destination development and international hotel and resort management;
-Selected, analyzed and explored leadership concepts and skills and applied them to opportunities and challenges faced by leaders at individual, organizational, community and industry levels
-Explored the characteristics of successful, sustainable destinations with innovative product, well-defined markets, successful partnerships, and a positive contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry

Potential Career opportunities

Career opportunities include management and executive positions in resorts, municipal, provincial and federal governments and operating agencies, destination management and marketing organizations, events and conference management companies, and inbound tourism companies.

Additional opportunities exist for tourism educators in public and private post-secondary institutions, where a Masters degree is usually an occupational requirement. Combining prior tourism industry experience with the advanced level learning offered in the Masters program can significantly enhance assessment of an individual’s potential, develop career opportunities, and build networks of valuable industry contacts.

Visit the Tourism Management - MA page on the Royal Roads University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution. Relevant work experience within the tourism or hospitality industry (at least two years for the on-campus program and five years for the blended program). To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require at least 10 years of full-time business-related work experience with increasing levels of responsibility.

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