24 months
26316 CAD/year
14298 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Are you ready to explore and develop solutions that ensure travelers and residents alike are able to enjoy recreational and leisure pursuits with sustainability as a focus? The Masters of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management program is offered at Vancouver Island University Nanaimo campus on beautiful Vancouver Island – in a region of Canada that is noted for leisure and tourism opportunities.  

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This two-year program delivers a non-traditional approach to studies in ecotourism and innovative leisure practices, with courses that combine field experience and classroom instruction, all within a global context. Leisure studies and sustainability studies engage students with experiential learning opportunities, delivered by expert faculty who are leaders in their field. 

Graduates of the Sustainable Leisure Management degree program from Vancouver Island University  find employment opportunities as sustainability officers, analysts and directors, working in government, private sectors, and consultant firms.

This program places graduates at the intersection of two growing, exciting, and globally significant areas of theory and practice: leisure and sustainability. 

The program prepares emerging leaders to examine and create solutions which ensure that residents and travelers alike can enjoy recreational experiences, natural and cultural amenities, heritage resources, and adventure as part of their life experiences on a sustainable basis. 

Students will engage in coursework delivered in a non–traditional, international educational setting where the instructional approach draws upon field experience, classroom instruction, and experiential styles of learning. 

Two integrated instructional streams are central to the program focus: 

  • a set of principles and practices underlying leisure and sustainability; and, 
  • an integrated set of research capabilities, innovation, and knowledge mobilization skills necessary to ensure that new knowledge can be effectively transformed into impact.

There is also a required thesis component wherein students will demonstrate a mastery of knowledge mobilization approaches (including, but not limited to, research skills).

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an appropriately accredited university.
  • A minimum average of "B" calculated in the last two years of the undergraduate degree, with a review of the entire degree.
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26316 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26316 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    14298 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14298 CAD per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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