Sustainable Tourism Leadership
Tourism is on the largest industries in the world, accounting for 9% of the world GDP and 10.5% of the world's workforce. Tourism is also the fastest growing industry in the world and the ecotourism/ sustainable tourism sector is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. The goal of this certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to develop sustainable tourism programs that meet Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
The certificate program will provide a general foundation for sustainable tourism and related concepts of sustainability. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and interest in the tourism and hospitality industry. The program will be of particular interest to those related to global tourism movements such as the U.N. World Tourism Organization, The International Ecotourism Society, and the Global Sustainability Tourism Council.
The Certificate is offered both partially online and on campus
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA or departmental approval.
You will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional. To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
12 credit hours for the certificate
Two classes are required (6 credit hours)
- IDS 6236 Sustainable Tourism and Development (3)
- IDS 6237 Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management for Costal & Marine Habitat Protection (3)
- HMG 6246 Organizational Effectiveness for Hospitality
- HMG 6477 Financial Management for the Hospitality Industry
Other electives as approved by Program Director.
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.
Credit toward Graduate Degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.
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