The Master of Tourism Management program is a professional master's degree that teaches the skills needed by future leaders of the rapidly expanding global tourism industry. It takes a holistic approach to learning that blends sustainable tourism practices, strategic analysis, and tourism industry expertise based on input from its advisory board.

The M.T.M. program is available on-campus or through CSU Online. It requires the completion of 30 credits. There are 18 required credits, and up to 12 credits of the elective courses may be used to earn a graduate certificate in Communications for Conservation. Students are required to work with their Program Coordinator to determine their approved course plan.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of nature-based tourism in today's society and its ability to contribute to socio-cultural, economic, and environmental well-being.

2. Critically assess key trends within, and affecting, the tourism industry, and how to capitalize on current and future opportunities.

3. Utilize nature-based tourism as a tool for community and destination development through the conservation of natural resources.

4. Identify and implement relevant, sustainable business strategies and tools for strategic nature-based tourism development.

5. Implement business fundamentals to successfully operate a nature-based tourism operation.

6. Critically evaluate management and conservation challenges associated with tourism development in public and private spaces.

7. Communicate professionally with a wide range of industry, community, government, and third-sector stakeholders.

Effective Fall 2023

Required Courses: 1
NRRT 567Tourism Entrepreneurship2
NRRT 600Tourism Industry Concepts and Practices2
NRRT 609Tourism and Conservation2
NRRT 610Tourism and Conservation Management2
NRRT 615Sustainable Tourism Development Foundation2
NRRT 620Organizational Management in Tourism2
NRRT 667MTM Capstone2
NRRT 671Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism2
NRRT 679ACurrent Topics in Nature Based Tourism1
NRRT 679BCurrent Topics in Nature Based Tourism1
Electives (select a minimum of 12 credits from the following): 212
Conservation Communication Fundamentals
Conservation Managers – Media Communications
New Media Communications for Conservation
Strategic Communications for Conservation
Conservation Crisis Communications
Advanced Communications for Conservation
Perspectives on Ski Area Management
Sustainable Ski Area Management
Ski Area Operations and Human Resources
Strategic Ski Area Marketing and Management
Ski Area Finance and Investment
Ski Area Planning and Development
Insight into the Adventure Tourism Industry
Building an Adventure Tourism Enterprise
Leading the Adventure Tourism Experience
Adventure Tourism Policy and Planning
Applications in the Outdoor Products Industry
Tourism Research Methods and Application I
Tourism Research Methods and Application II
Communication/Conflict Management in Tourism
Financial Management in Tourism
Marketing Tourism Products and Destinations
Law and Legal Liability in Tourism
Global Tourism Policy
Project Mgmt and Tourism Event Planning
Tourism Leadership
Program Total Credits:30

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


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with international universities may identify culturally specific course substitutions and total credits.


 For those international students enrolled in this program, the number of directed electives credits (approved by the advisor) is to be consistent with the MOU with the cooperating international university.