Travel and tourism management involves developing and marketing tours, planning conventions and staffing resorts. Colleges and universities across the U.S. offer undergraduate and graduate majors and concentrations in travel management.
10 Schools with Travel Management Programs
Students can earn a degree in travel management or a closely related field at the following schools:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit|| Bachelor's
|Finger Lakes Community College||Canandaigua, NY||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,704 in-state,
|Mt. Hood Community College||Gresham, OR||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,841 in-state,
|North Dakota State University||Fargo, ND||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,098 in-state,
|Temple University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Public|| Certificate
|$15,188 in-state (undergrad),
$25,494 out-of-state (undergrad)
|Fort Hays State University||Hays, KS||4-year, Public||Master's||$3,205 in-state,
|Husson University||Bangor, ME||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's
|Richland College||Dallas, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate
$3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state
|Lorain County Community College||Elyria, OH||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,077 in-district,
|LaGuardia Community College||Long Island City, NY||2-year, Public||Associate||$5,218 in-state,
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in travel management programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- High school graduates seeking to enter the world of tourism and hospitality should consider programs that offer field experience and internships, as these experiences can enhance their resumes.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), those with training in specific travel destinations have the highest potential for employment, so schools located in popular vacation destinations may lead to more career opportunities.
- Prospective students may want to look for programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).
- Individuals who are already working in the hospitality industry and want to advance to manager positions may want to look for programs that are available in online or part-time formats so that they can continue to work while getting the education they need.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
Undergraduate certificate programs in tourism and hospitality are available at community colleges and 4-year universities. Some certificate programs are only available to students who are enrolled in a degree program. Students take foundational coursework that focuses on topics such as sales and marketing techniques, food and beverage management, destination management and customer service.
Associate's Degree Programs
Offered at community colleges, associate degree programs in tourism and travel management prepare students to gain employment at hotel front desks, travel agencies and tour companies. This is an opportunity for students who wish to enter the workforce quickly.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Several 4-year colleges and universities offer a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Tourism Management, while others offer a BS in Business Administration program with a concentration in travel management. These programs focus on developing marketing and financial strategies for tourism, as well as on research opportunities. Many of these programs have a required internship semester.
Master's Degree Programs
Graduate programs in travel management include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in travel management and a Master of Science (MS) in Tourism Management. These programs provide advanced coursework in the industry, such as political, environmental and cultural issues related to tourism. They may also emphasize international tourism. Some master's degree programs are often offered at night and on weekends to accommodate busy professionals.
Tourism management programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is important for students to consider the program's curriculum and scheduling options when choosing between programs.