Top Schools for Travel and Tourism Management

Learn about programs in travel and tourism, which can be found at some of the top schools in the U.S. Read brief summaries of the degree options at three of these leading universities, as well as an overview of other schools in the country that provide instruction for aspiring travel and tourism managers.

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School Overview

Each of the three private universities highlighted below offers undergraduate and/or graduate programs in tourism administration or management. Depending on the program, students may be able to complete all or some of their coursework online, pursue a unique concentration in sports or sustainable tourism or prepare for a career as a hotel or hospitality manager.

Top U.S. Schools with Travel and Tourism Management Programs

1. George Washington University in Washington, DC

George Washington University (GW) is a 4-year, private school that U.S. News & World Report designated the 50th-best national university in 2012, as well as the fifth-best school for international business in 2011. Students in GW's School of Business can pursue a Master of Tourism Administration, available on campus or online, with concentrations in sustainable tourism, sport management or hospitality management. They can also further specialize in ecotourism or heritage tourism. GW also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration with a concentration in tourism management or an accelerated Master of Tourism Administration, offered online with minimal residency requirements.

2. Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI

Johnson and Wales University (JWU) is a 4-year, private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 82nd among best regional universities in the North for 2012. Through the university's Hospitality College, students can earn a bachelor's degree in travel-tourism and hospitality management or international hotel and tourism management. Areas of concentration include adventure, sport and nature-based tourism; casino and gaming operations or sales and marketing management. Students can also pursue concentrated coursework in sports management, golf management and entrepreneurship. In addition to Providence, the school has campuses in North Miami, Denver and Charlotte.

3. New York University in New York, NY

New York University (NYU) is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 33rd on its list of best national universities in 2012. According to Washington Monthly, the university also placed 44th among national universities for 2011. Through NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management with an optional concentration in tourism development.

Undergraduates learn about the accounting, marketing and sales methods used in the tourism industry. They also study destinations and cultures, entrepreneurship and sports tourism. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Tourism Management program which includes topics in tourism policy analysis, sustainable tourism and tourism planning.

Ten Good Schools for Travel and Tourism Management

School NameDistinctionLocation
Brigham Young University-HawaiiClose relationship with Polynesian Cultural Center provides students with opportunities to study and workLaie, HI
George Mason UniversityTo graduate, all tourism management students must complete fieldwork, a practicum and an internshipFairfax, VA
George Washington University The school's International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) provides tourism-related training programs for the United Nations World Tourism OrganizationWashington, D.C.
Indiana UniversityStudents can earn a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a specialization in tourism managementBloomington, IN
Johnson & Wales University-ProvidenceInternational travel and tourism management students learn a foreign language and study abroad Providence, RI
New York UniversityUndergraduate tourism management students must complete 600 hours of fieldworkNew York, NY
Purdue UniversityThe Purdue Tourism and Hospitality Research Center studies tourism planning and development, destination marketing and visitor profilesWest Lafayette, IN
Rochester Institute of TechnologyGraduate program includes evening, weekend and online classesRochester, NY
Texas A & M University-College StationFaculty conducts research in 'green' tourism and ecotourism planningCollege Station, TX
University of New HampshireStudents interested in ecotourism can participate in the school's study abroad program, in partnership with the EcoQuest Education Foundation Durham, NH
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