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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, Online Learning

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.

Hybrid Online/On-Campus MTA Option

The Master of Tourism Administration program is also offered in a hybrid on-campus/online format. This option is designed specifically for busy professionals, allowing them to work around their schedules while completing MTA coursework.

The hybrid format option provides the best of both worlds — offering all the core program requirements online and a combined set of concentration courses online featuring the best of events, tourism, hospitality, and sport, while also allowing students the option of taking on campus and/or international study abroad courses. The program can be completed entirely online or a combination of both.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*:

Fall – May 1 (March 1 for international applicants who require student visas)
Spring – November 15 (October 1 for international applicants who require student visas)

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-64) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246).  This requirement may be waived for qualified applicants.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) 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 or a copy of a credentials evaluation. For a list of accredited evaluation agencies, please click here.

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.

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: ~ 202.994.6281 ~ 202.994.1630 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday