Best Masters Degrees in Travel and Tourism: School List

Travel and tourism agents advise clients and make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations, resorts, car rentals and tours. A master's degree program in hospitality and tourism management qualifies graduates for management and administration positions in the industry. Those with a travel and tourism degree can work for private agencies, tour operations and corporations in the U.S. and internationally.

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Top Schools for a Master's Degree in Travel and Tourism

1. University of Central Florida in Orlando

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is located in the hub of a tourism community, with over 75 theme parks and other travel destinations in the area. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management offers a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management with thesis or non-thesis alternatives. The thesis option is designed for those interested in the science of the tourism industry and plan further doctoral study. Students preparing for leadership roles in the travel and tourism industry might benefit by taking more elective courses rather than complete a research thesis.

Classes include tourism information technology, law and ethics, travel and tourism economics and managerial accounting. UCF was ranked 10th in the world of the top 100 hospitality and tourism programs by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research (jht.sagepub.com).

Contact Information

  • Address: 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816
  • Phone Number: (407) 823-2000

2. George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

George Washington University (GWU) is in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., where students have access to international tourism organizations, firms and events. The Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) offers a concentration in sustainable tourism destination management. Classes include environmental management, ecotourism, cultural heritage tourism and marketing. The school also offers an accelerated, distance-learning MTA program for mid-career professionals.

GWU's School of Business also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in tourism, hospitality, event and sport management. The program is designed to prepare students for management positions in commercial or entrepreneurial ventures.

The World Tourism Organization awarded the TedQual certification to GWU, recognizing the quality of the education offered in the school's MTA program (www.unwto.org). The U.S. News and World Report ranked the university's business school 55th in the country (www.usnews.com).

Contact Information

  • Address: 2121 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052
  • Phone Number: (202) 994-1000

Good Master's Degree Programs in Travel and Tourism

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Arizona State University 68,064 Tempe, AZ 85287 (480) 965-9011
University of Central Florida 53,401 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816 (407) 823-2000
Texas A & M University 48,702 College Station, TX 77843 (979) 845-3211
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,881 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Sq. S., New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
Purdue University 41,052 Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600
Florida International University 39,610 11200 S.W. 8 St., Miami, FL 33199 (305) 348-2000
Temple University 36,507 1801 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122 (215) 204-7000
University of North Texas 35,003 Chestnut Ave., Denton, TX 76203 (940) 565-2000
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 33,819 2101 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27695 (919) 515-2011
Boston University 31,960 One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2000
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 30,870 Blacksburg, VA 24061 (540) 231-6000
East Carolina University 27,654 East 5th St., Greenville, NC 27858 (252) 328-6131
University of Massachusetts - Amherst 27,016 Amherst, MA 01003 (413) 545-0111
Kent State University - Kent Campus 25,127 Kent, OH 44242 (330) 672-3000
George Washington University 25,061 2121 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052 (202) 994-1000
University of Hawaii at Manoa 20,435 2600 Campus Rd., Hawaii Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822 (808) 956-8975
Rochester Institute of Technology 15,445 1 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY 14623 (585) 475-2411
California University of Pennsylvania 9,017 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419 (724) 938-4400
Roosevelt University 7,306 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 341-3500
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