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Geography:Tourism Planning & Development


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Geography:Tourism Planning & Development

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On Campus

Program Description

This program provides the student with a greater awareness of travel and tourism phenomena and the industry and organizations that support it. Emphasis is placed on increased understanding travel and tourism as a system of interrelated components, which include tourists, destinations, transportation systems, business and the natural environment. Important elements of travel and tourism training include tourism geography, transportation, facilities management, marketing, planning and development and travel operations. To see the on-line university bulletin describing Geography courses and programs go to: For information about faculty and activities within the department go to : http:/



Herberger Business School



Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

Bachelors Degree

Minimum undergraduate GPA for admission



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Admissions Requirements

  • The GRE is required.

  • Students should have at least a minor in Geography in their undergraduate degree. See program website for options available to students without any Geography in their undergraduate program.

  • Undergraduate GPA 2.75

  • Teaching Applicants should see the Department Chair.

Graduate Plan: Thesis (30 credits)

Core: 30

Electives: (12 credit minimum): course, course, course, course

Research: (9 credit minimum): Students should select electives in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Credits: (9 credit minimum): course, course

Graduate Plan: Starred Paper (32 credits)

Core: (12 credit minimum): course, course, course, course

Electives: (17 credit minimum): Students should select electives in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Starred paper: (3 credit minimum): course

See program website for additional information.

Program Learning Outcomes


Develop a foundational knowledge and understanding of hospitality and tourism the industries and organization that support HTSM, and the global impact of HTSM on people, places and societies.


Find and evaluate substantive HTSM information and effectively communicate findings using various modes of communication.


Gain confidence and effectively use general and HTSM appropriate technologies.


Recognize and value the interconnectedness and geographic diversity of place and the linkages (political, cultural, physical) between HTSM and local/global communities.


Cultivate a sense of personal stewardship for local and global resources that enhance the wellbeing of destination communities, HTSM and the environment.

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