School and Ranking Info
While there's just one school in the Indianapolis, IN, area that offers programs in travel services, it is a national university that had one of the top 100 business programs in the country for 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report. It also made the USN&WR 'Top Public Schools' and 'Up-and-Coming Schools' lists for 2015 and offers a range of certificate and degree programs for travel professionals.
- Winner: Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis is a public research school that offers over 200 degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Conventions and Event Planning and Master of Science in Event Tourism. Undergraduate certificates and minors in hospitality- and tourism-related areas are also available.
School Info Chart
|Category||Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis|
|Rankings||#194 among National Universities (2015);
#110 among Top Public Schools (2015);
#7 among Up-and Coming National Schools (2015);
#100 among Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014)*
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate:
|Tourism and Travel Services Management Degrees Offered||Certificate, bachelor's and master's|
|Tourism and Travel Services Management Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||73**|
|Most Popular Tourism and Travel Services Management Program in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (69 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||42%**|
|Noteworthy||University-affiliated programs include the Midwest Cultural Tourism Conference|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- School of Physical Education and Tourism Management has 40 full-time teachers and staff members
- Tourism majors with Advanced Placement credits may finish their programs in three calendar years
- Tourism students have opportunities for research and study abroad
IUPUI enrolls nearly 30,500 students annually and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1. The university is comprised of 20 colleges and schools, including the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. The school offers nine undergraduate certificates, including those in cultural heritage and sports tourism, event and hospitality management and tourism planning and development; minors in business and similar areas of study are also available. Undergraduates can use these short-term courses of study to add value to their Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Conventions and Event Planning program.
The 18-19-credit Certificate in Tourism Planning and Development requires core courses in travel destinations and trends, marketing and tourism policies; students can also choose two electives in ecotourism, cruise line management or visitor behavior, among other related topics. Similar topics can be found in the 15-credit minor in tourism management, which includes a course in geography.
Undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science program complete 57 credits of major coursework in tourism management and research, event planning and production, facilities operations, economics and lodging operations, as well as a 21-credit business certificate. The 35-credit Master of Science in Event Tourism allows for electives in cultural or sports tourism, strategic meeting management and nonprofit management and culminates in a thesis.