The Master of Tourism Management (M.T.M.) is an innovative nine-month master’s program that prepares students to advance their career in public, commercial, or nonprofit organizations in the natural resource tourism industry. The MTM emphasizes the combination of tourism, business, and sustainability concepts. This program is applicable for those looking to develop a tourism enterprise, enter the tourism industry, or become more competitive when seeking higher level positions within the industry.

The program includes graduate courses in:

  • Applied concepts and skills that guide strategic analysis, decision-making, and management practices for tourism professionals that reflect the interdependence of diverse sectors within the tourism industry
  • The social, technological, economic, environmental, and political implications of tourism activities (emphasizing the triple bottom line of sustainable practice) and the impacts on land use and natural resources
  • The foundations of sustainable tourism development
  • The identification and understanding of international policies, trends, and challenges facing the tourism industry

The M.T.M. program is available on-campus or through CSU Online. Coursework from the graduate certificates in Adventure Tourism, Ski Area Management or Communications for Conservation can be substituted for specific coursework within the M.T.M. program.

Effective Spring 2016

Required Courses
Select one of the following:2
Strategic Ski Area Marketing and Management
Marketing Tourism Products and Destinations
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 610Tourism and Conservation Management2
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. 


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


Select a minimum of 4 credits of directed electives approved by advisor. For those international students enrolled in this program, the number of directed elective credits (approved by the advisor) is to be consistent with the MOU with the cooperating international university.


Directed electives may be used toward a certificate with approval of advisor. The number of directed electives that satisfy the Master of Tourism Management and a graduate certificate may be limited by advisor.