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The master of sustainable tourism (MST) is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. It is an online degree program intended for professionals who desire to tackle sustainability challenges in the tourism industry. The MST degree is a unique and innovative new program that addresses the growing demand for tourism professionals who are trained in applying the three pillars of sustainability to tourism development. The program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that considers the unique sustainability issues inherent in communities with a tourism sector.
Students in the master of sustainable tourism program receive a comprehensive education with a focus on the environmental, economic and social aspects of tourism, equipping them with the skills necessary to create pioneering sustainable development solutions to the challenges facing tourism today. This holistic curriculum focuses on integrating sustainability into existing tourism theories and concepts. The program prepares future sustainable tourism professionals to meet the increasing demand for people trained in sustainability practices and the application of those practices in tourism. The proliferation of organizations such as Sustainable Travel International, National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, the International Ecotourism Society, and the Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council among many others, points to the growing importance of this field. Many of the large hotel chains, airlines, attractions companies, and convention and visitor bureaus have instituted sustainability practices. Even the United States Agency for International Development website has an entire section devoted to sustainable tourism development and has supported numerous sustainable tourism projects in a diversity of countries.
Students are admitted as a cohort in the fall semester and follow either a one-year or two-year plan including summer courses. Students take core required courses and select from a small number of elective courses under the advisement of the program director. The program includes an applied project that allows students to integrate knowledge from the entire program.
The MST consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours. Students are required to take 28 credits of core coursework, four units of which are an applied project that is completed at the end of the student's program of study. The course is integrative and case-based allowing students to synthesize material from prior coursework. Students also complete three credits of related elective coursework.
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Admission decisions are made as soon as all of the application materials have been received. Students are admitted for fall, spring, or summer.
Applications are accepted after these dates up until one week before the semester start date with a late fee.
Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).
For general questions about the Master of Sustainable Tourism, contact us at (602) 496-0550 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also wish to contact the Program Director, Dr. Rebekka Goodman, with questions or help with planning your program. Contact Dr. Goodman at (602) 496-0550 or by e-mail at email@example.com.