This nine-month master’s program prepares students to advance their career in public, commercial, or nonprofit organizations in the natural resource tourism industry. It emphasizes the combination of tourism, business, and sustainability concepts. This program is applicable for those looking to enter the tourism industry or to be competitive for higher level positions within the industry.

The program includes graduate courses in:

  • The concepts that guide decision-making for tourism practitioners and the interdependence of the diverse sectors within the tourism industry;
  • The economic, social, and environmental impacts (also known as the triple bottom line) of tourism and the impact of tourism on land use and natural resources;
  • The foundations of sustainable tourism development; and
  • The identification and understanding of international policies, trends and challenges facing the tourism industry and tourism organizations.

This master’s degree can be completed main campus face-to-face or online.

Effective Spring 2016

Required Courses
Select one of the following:2
Strategic Ski Area Marketing and Management
Tourism Marketing Concepts and Applications
Select one of the following:2
Ski Area Finance and Investment
Financial Management in Tourism
NRRT 600Tourism Industry Concepts and Practices2
NRRT 601Tourism Quantitative Analysis I2
NRRT 602Tourism Quantitative Analysis II2
NRRT 610Natural Resource Management and Tourism2
NRRT 615Sustainable Tourism Development Foundation2
NRRT 620Organizational Management in Tourism2
NRRT 625Communication/Conflict Management in Tourism2
NRRT 660Law and Legal Liability in Tourism 12
NRRT 662Global Tourism Policy2
NRRT 671Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism2
NRRT 679ACurrent Topics in Nature Based Tourism 11
NRRT 679BCurrent Topics in Nature Based Tourism 11
Directed Electives 2,34-6
Program Total Credits:30-32

A minimum of 30-32 credits are required to complete this program.