Online Master of Sustainable Tourism
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Students in ASU's Master of Sustainable Tourism (MST) receive a comprehensive education with a focus on the environmental, economic, and social aspects of tourism. Graduates are equipped with translatable skills necessary to create pioneering, sustainable development solutions to the challenges facing tourism today.
The college’s 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.
The proliferation of organizations such as Sustainable Travel International, National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, and the International Ecotourism Society, among many others, points to the growing importance of this field. Many of the large hotel chains, airlines, attractions companies, and convention and visitor bureaus have instituted sustainability practices. Even the United States Agency for International Development website has an entire section devoted to sustainable tourism development and has supported 123 sustainable tourism projects in 72 countries.
ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:
- Research is the forefront of all academic activities with 20 research centers for advancing research and discovery around challenges that affect us globally
- Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
- #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
- Top 10 in the nation for employability
- Named a prestigious global university
- #2 university in the country for online undergraduate degree programs
CRD 569 Advanced Tourism and Recreation Studies (3)
TDM 520 Sustainable Thinking in Tourism I (3)
TDM 521 Sustainable Thinking in Tourism II (3)
TDM 530 Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning and Management I (3)
TDM 531 Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning and Management II (3)
TDM 540 Sustainable Food Management in Tourism (3)
TDM 550 Managing the Sustainable Tourism Business (3)
TDM 570 Sustainable Tourism (3)
TDM 593 Applied Project (4)
Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.
The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity.
Recent Faculty Highlights Include:
- Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Fellow of the American Psychological Association
- Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration
Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:
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 criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences or another closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university.
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants are required to submit:
- Graduate application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation
- Proof of English proficiency
Additional Admission Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
The online application will require three letters of recommendation; these 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. Required are the names, email addresses, titles and organizations from whom the student will be requesting recommendations. The three referees will be emailed a link to complete an online recommendation form.