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MA Tourism degree requirements

Effective September 2014 the MA Tourism program replaces the MA Tourism Policy and Planning program.

Program inactivated September 2016.

Five (5) graduate level courses are required over the course of the two-year program. Courses are taken from both the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Faculty of Environment. 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 one of the two research methods courses. Tour 601 and Tour 602 will provide the students with a foundation in conceptual, empirical, and methodological issues specific to tourism.

Students must successfully complete at least five (5) courses plus a thesis, as specified below.

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 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. For detail, see course descriptions.

Course category Course name
Core courses:

TOUR 602: Seminar on Tourism Research

TOUR 603: Sustainable Tourism

Data analysis electives - one of the following:

REC 672: The Analysis and Interpretation of Leisure Research Data

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 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

One open elective from any Master's level program

Milestone: Master's Thesis (normally supervised by Core or Supporting Faculty)

Faculty advisors/supervisors

Normally a faculty member in their home Faculty will advise students. Although students will pursue one of the two Master's degrees, they will follow a similar course of study regardless of their home Faculty.

Residence requirements

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. Time extensions are not normally granted.