Master of Science in Tourism and Travel Management

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  • Course description
    The M.S. in Tourism and Travel Management curriculum consists of an initial one-week intensive orientation, a core of courses that provide you with a range of subjects necessary for all industry professionals, a concentration in an area of expertise, an internship, and an Advanced Special Project or Advanced Topics Course through which you demonstrate your new skills and knowledge. You may also pursue an independent study elective. This program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

    View complete degree requirements with links to course descriptions.

        * Intensive Orientation
        * Core Curriculum
        * Concentrations
        * Elective (optional)
        * Internship
        * Advanced Special Project


    Before the start of formal classes, Tisch Center students participate in a one-week intensive industry orientation to learn about NYU’s policies and procedures, meet faculty members and alumni who offer perspectives on hospitality and tourism, and explore concepts of critical thinking through workshops, and participate in an overview of basic economic, accounting, and finance principles and concepts to set the foundation upon which in-depth economic, accounting, and finance theory rests.


    The general core, comprised of nine courses, explores the industry from every angle, from the role of the industry in the larger society to marketing concepts and strategies. You delve into legal issues, including facility and customer liabilities, as well as principles of financial analysis, including micro- and macroeconomic concepts. You also explore e-commerce and consulting techniques. Our program emphasizes the research process facilitating your learning about sampling techniques, data collection, and problems of measurement, as well as statistical methods.


    In addition to core courses, which provide a broad overview of the industry, and your internship, through which you put into practice classroom lessons, you choose one of four concentrations: Strategic Marketing, Tourism Development, Customer Relationship Management, and Tourism Planning and Analysis. This allows you to investigate your area of greatest interest.


    Upon approval from an advisor, you may substitute up to two courses from the M.S. in Sports Business for two courses from any of the concentrations, or you may substitute up to two courses from the M.S. in Hospitality Industry Studies for two courses from any of the concentrations.

    Creating an independent study provides the opportunity to work with a faculty member on a well-defined specific topic. Approved topics should be extensions of existing courses previously taken or areas in which no courses are offered. Independent research allows you to explore in depth areas of your particular interest. This course requires the prior approval of an appropriate academic advisor as to the topic of study.


    An internship provides a valuable experience in developing a greater understanding of career options while more clearly defining your professional goals. After completing four courses, students complete an extensive internship, working a minimum of 300 hours. The Tisch Center works with you to arrange your internship. Students have held internships at such important tourism venues as the New York State Economic Development Division of Tourism; Warren Kremer Paino Advertising, LLC; and the French Government Tourism Office.


    The Advanced Special Project is designed to synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program of study. It combines applied research methods and theoretical knowledge to focus on a relevant topical area. The topic must be original; that is, it should be a body of knowledge that does not exist anywhere else. Your project should demonstrate a mastery of topical areas covered in earlier core courses. Examples of recent Advanced Special Projects include: “The Impact of the Olympics on Australian Tourism” and “Ecuador as a Tourist Destination.”

    An alternative to the Advanced Special Project is the Advanced Topics Course. The Advanced Topics Course also gives you the opportunity to apply your research expertise and synthesize the knowledge acquired throughout your study, but in collaboration with others, so that you experience the research process along with the interactions and dynamics generated by a group of colleagues working together toward a common goal. You may also pursue an independent study elective.

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