Online Master of Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable tourism centers around identifying and mitigating the potentially negative results of travel on local communities and the natural environment. In Arizona State University’s online Master of Sustainable Tourism, you’ll learn about the environmental, social and economic aspects of traveling. After completing this program, you’ll be prepared to build sustainable solutions for the various challenges facing tourism today.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 31
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The skills you’ll gain in this master’s program
In this program, you’ll cover the foundational concepts of sustainability, including social equity, protection of the environment and economic viability. You’ll also learn how to:
- Analyze data in order to identify trends, opportunities and threats to proactively prevent damage.
- Build cultural awareness and sensitivity necessary for respecting diverse cultures, traditions and perspectives of different communities.
- Design effective strategies to lessen or eliminate the impact of travel on local communities.
- Utilize problem-solving skills to develop solutions for complex issues related to environmental, social and economic sustainability in diverse areas.
Along with specialized knowledge, you’ll develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking and effective communication, which can be valuable in various tourism industry roles for working with stakeholders.
What can you do with a sustainable tourism master’s?
A master’s degree in sustainable tourism affirms your knowledge and capabilities in the travel sector. It shows that you can:
- Balance the need for profit with the importance of sustainability.
- Craft equitable, environmentally-conscious responses to issues and opportunities in the travel industry.
- Take all stakeholders into account when making decisions.
Travelers, communities, businesses, government agencies and organizations are moving towards a future of sustainability. As this interest continues to rise, so will the demand for qualified professionals in the field. After completing this program, you’ll be able to advance in your current professional path or pursue roles across the tourism or sustainability sector. Diverse opportunities you’ll be prepared for include; ecotourism educator, sustainability marketing associate, travel guide and more.
Sustainable tourism courses
Alongside core concepts, the curriculum for this degree focuses on specialized issues within sustainable tourism. For the program’s capstone you’ll prepare a project that combines both theory and practice.
Advanced Tourism and Recreation Studies
Managing the Sustainable Tourism Business
Sustainable Food Management in Tourism
Sustainable Thinking in Tourism I
Sustainable Thinking in Tourism II
Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning and Management I
Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning and Management II
The jobs this program prepares you for
After earning a Master of Sustainable Tourism, you’ll be able to pursue a variety of career options within both the sustainability and tourism sectors. Some students use their degree to advance in their existing professional path, while others turn to new opportunities. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
Applicants to the Master of Sustainable Tourism program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
A college dedicated to positive change
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy to social work and criminal justice to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.
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