Master's in Tourism
The Tourism program at the University of Waterloo provides a unique education. You will be part of a graduate program that integrates the social, cultural, environmental, economic and political perspectives on tourism.
This 2-year program, offered jointly by the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, provides a constructive, critical, and interdisciplinary education that will prepare you for careers in government, business, tourism and recreation planning, and consulting.
You will interact with professors with strong local, national and international research links from a variety of disciplines.
Where to apply to the Master's in Tourism:
Students with an Environmental academic focus can apply through the Department of Geography and Environmental Management for a Master of Environmental Studies (MES).
Normally a faculty member in their home Faculty will advise students. Although students will pursue 1 of the 2 Master's degrees, they will follow a similar course of study regardless of their home Faculty.
- Degree Requirements & Graduate Courses
- Admission Requirements
- Language Requirements
- Financial support for graduate students
- How to apply
The overall objective of the Master’s program in Tourism is to provide a range of adaptable and transferable skills, which will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. This general objective is supported by several specific objectives:
- To equip students with a broad knowledge of theory and research in tourism.
- To provide a strong research component focused on the needs and critical evaluation of tourism.
- To prepare students for research and administrative careers in the public and private sectors.
- To encourage originality and creativity.
Five graduate-level courses are required over the course of the 2-year program. Courses are taken from both the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (Rec) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management.
Students will be required to write a thesis and will have an option to undertake an internship/practicum for credit. Students will be required to complete at least 1 of the 2 methods courses. Tourism 601 and Tourism 602 will provide the students with a foundation in conceptual, empirical, and methodological issues specific to tourism.
Students must successfully complete at least 5 courses plus a thesis, as specified below. Click here for course descriptions.
Tour 603: Sustainable Tourism
Tour 602: Seminar on Tourism Research
|Data Analysis Electives - one of the following:||
Rec 672: Quantitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation
Rec 673: Qualitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation
|Substantive Electives - two of the following:||
Rec 615: Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, and Leisure Services
Rec 630: Recreation Resource Administration and Development
Rec 680: Dynamics of Tourism
Rec 685: The Structure of Tourism
TOUR 601: Contemporary Perspectives on Tourism
Tour 603: Sustainable Tourism
Tour 604: Social Planning for Tourism
Rec 609/Tour 609: Internship / Practicum
Rec 697/Tour 675: Selected Topics in Recreation and Leisure Resources / Selected Topics in Tourism
|Milestone:||Master's Thesis (normally supervised by Core or Supporting Faculty)|
Students are normally required to spend a minimum of 2 terms of full-time registration on campus (or equivalent part-time registration - 4 terms). Whatever variation is permitted from this normal schedule, all degree requirements must be completed within 2 years of initial registration.
Students who require an extension beyond their normal program limits are required to submit a Petition for Program Extension form to their Graduate Program Coordinator for each additional term needed to reach program completion. Please see the Graduate Calendar for more information on enrolment and time limits.
The minimum admission requirements for Master's students will apply: 75% overall standing in the last two years of an Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent. The usual categories of admission - regular, probationary, transitional, and qualifying - also apply. We require a minimum TOFEL score of 600 for students for whom English is not their first language.
Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution or at an institution at which English was the primary language of instruction, or have not been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the primary language of business will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. Applicants should make arrangements to take one of these tests at least 6 - 9 months before the application date.
TOEFL: minimum score of 100, with minimum skill scores of 26 in each of speaking and writing;
Paper-based TOEFL - minimum of 600 overall is required and 4.0 on the TWE and 50 in the TSE.
Computer-based TOEFL - minimum of 250 overall, 50 in the TSE and 5.0 in the essay.
Other tests of English language proficiency accepted include:
IELTS (International English Language Testing System ) - minimum score of 7.5;
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) - minimum score of 90;
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment ) - minimum score of 70 is required with 70 in writing and 70 in speaking.
EFAS (English for Academic Success [Renison University College, University of Waterloo]) - 80% overall in level 400
These tests are offered in Canada, the United States and many other countries.
There are several types of financial support; below you can find examples of these. For more details on these click here.
- Scholarships and Research Assistantships
- Teaching and Research Assistantships
- Ontario Graduates Scholarships (OGS)
For other sources of support, please consult the University Graduate Calendar section on awards and financial aid.
February 1st is the deadline for applying to the Master's in Tourism program, though applications may be submitted past that date. All applications are completed and submitted on-line. Links to the application form are available on the UW Graduate Studies webpages: https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/application-admission/apply-online.
In addition to the standard additional application requirements (references, supplementary information form, transcripts) a resume and academic writing sample are required.
Apply to either:
|Faculty of Environment||Faculty of Applied Health Sciences|
|Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies|
|MES (Master of Environmental Studies)||MA (Master of Arts)|
|Contact: Lori McConnell||Contact: Tracy Taves|
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