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Tourism Administration

School of Business

Master's Degree, Master of Tourism Administration (M.T.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Students may concentrate their studies in event and meeting management, hospitality management, sport management, or sustainable tourism management. Or they may develop individualized concentrations focusing on ecotourism or cultural heritage tourism.

Our program, which employs classroom and field-based learning experiences, welcomes students who wish to advance current careers or pursue new ones in the industry. Our location in Washington, D.C., which has become a tourism-industry pulse point, home to many industry-related associations, serves as a vast classroom. It offers immense opportunities for practical experience, professional networking and career development.

Full-time students can complete the M.T.A. program in one and a half to two years; part-time students can finish the degree within three years.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*:

Fall – April 1
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-64) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246) is required.

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations

Prior academic records: 

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload only the English-language version of their transcripts.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.

Additional requirements: 

A current resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

* Prospective candidates for fellowships/assistantships must submit a completed application packet (including test scores) by January 15. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

MTA Office ~ The GW School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW ~ Funger Hall, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
mta@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6281 ~ 202.994.1630 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday