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International Sustainable Tourism, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (ARWU) , TX,
Sustainable tourism strives to meet present tourist market needs without compromising the resources of future generations. This leading-edge tourism specialty balances environmental, economic and socio-cultural benefits and concerns.

About

As a student in our two-year joint master’s degree program, you’ll spend the first two semesters at the University of North Texas and the last semesters at CATIE. All courses are taught in English.

CATIE combines scientific research, graduate education and technical cooperation to create equilibrium between conservation and sustainable production. It has strategic alliances with public and private universities, research centers, nonprofit organizations, corporations and government entities around the globe.

The master’s program provides unique opportunities such as:

  • Application of sustainable tourism in the U.S. and Costa Rica
  • Hospitality services and operational perspectives of sustainable tourism
  • International instruction from industry experts and experienced researchers

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The travel sector is one of the world’s biggest industries. One of every 10 jobs globally comes from the travel and tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. It’s vital for tourism development professionals to understand the interdependencies of economic benefits, environmental impacts, and social and cultural resources.

Costa Rica, which welcomes 3 million visitors a year, is a pioneer in environmental conservation and has excellent infrastructure and services. The country’s network of national parks and conservation areas, biodiversity, innovative policies and exceptional geographical location are ideal for scholars and institutions devoted to the issues surrounding natural resources and their use.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

First year courses

  • Hotel and Restaurant Operations: Theory and Analysis
  • International Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Services Management and Marketing
  • Planning and Policy in Sustainable Tourism
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Research Applications in Merchandising and Hospitality Management

Second year courses

  • Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Context and Challenges of Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Environmental Policies in a Changing World
  • Seminars in Sustainable Tourism: Experiences of Successful Practitioners in Costa Rica
  • Socio-Cultural Contexts of Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Field/Practical/Professional Experience with Research Applications (Capstone)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Detailed professional résumé
  • Essay addressing your motivation for seeking a master’s degree, previous academic or professional honors, future professional goals and how this degree enables you to obtain your goals
  • Three CMHT recommendation forms completed by employers or former faculty members

Tuition Fee

  • National

    17172 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8586 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Denton

  • 1036 - 1920 USD/month
    Living Costs

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