Best Masters Degrees in Travel and Tourism: School List

See which highly ranked schools offer master's degree programs in tourism and travel. Learn more about these schools and the programs they offer, and find out why they stand out.

School Overviews

A master's degree program in hospitality and tourism management qualifies graduates for management and administration positions in the industry. The two top-ranked schools discussed here offer students a front row look at the travel and tourism industry because of their location. University of Central Florida is located in the hub of a tourism community, with over 75 theme parks and other travel destinations in the area. George Washington University is in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., where students have access to international tourism organizations, firms and events.

1. University of Central Florida in Orlando

School Highlight: The University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management was ranked 9th in the country for its hospitality programs by The Best Schools in 2012.

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 completing a research thesis. Classes include tourism information technology, law and ethics, travel and tourism economics and managerial accounting.

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

School Highlight: The World Tourism Organization awarded the TedQual certification to George Washington University (GWU), recognizing the quality of the education offered in the school's Master of Tourism Administration program.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's business school 58th in the country. 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.

Top Master's Degree Programs in Travel and Tourism

College/University Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Online master's program in sustainable tourism Tempe, AZ
East Carolina University University operates the Center for Sustainable Tourism that performs research and community outreach Greenville, NC
Florida International University Students can get experience through the department's collaborative Marriott Tianjin, China program Miami, FL
New York University Students can learn from and interact with industry professionals through the programs Distinguished Lecture Series New York, NY
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Online professional master's degree program features seven-week semesters Raleigh, NC
Purdue University Department runs two restaurants, a catering business and coffee shop where students can get hands-on hospitality industry experience West Lafayette, IN
Temple University Graduate students participate in consulting project with industry professionals before graduation Philadelphia, PA
Texas A & M University University's Extension service includes tourism programs that offer students opportunities for industry experience College Station, TX
University of North Texas Joint master's degree in sustainable tourism offered with institution in Costa Rica Denton, TX

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