Online Master of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism

Arizona State University

Date Posted: July 7, 2016
Submitted by: Tim Hand
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree
Completion: 12 - 24 months
Distance: Distance Education


Students in ASU's MAS in sustainable tourism receive a comprehensive education with a focus on the environmental, economic, and social aspects of tourism. Graduates are equipped with translatable skills necessary to create sustainable development solutions to the challenges facing the tourism industry.

This program is offered through the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU and is delivered through ASU Online. The college's holistic curriculum focuses on integrating all three pillars of sustainability into existing tourism theories and concepts. The program prepares future sustainable tourism professionals to meet the increasing demand for people trained in sustainability practices and the application of those practices in tourism.

The proliferation of organizations such as Sustainable Travel International, National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, and the International Ecotourism Society, among many others, points to the growing importance of this field. Many of the large hotel chains, airlines, attractions companies, and convention and visitor bureaus have instituted sustainability practices. Even the United States Agency for International Development website has an entire section devoted to sustainable tourism development and has supported 123 sustainable tourism projects in 72 countries.

The cost of this program is $502 per credit hour, with no additional program fees. Technology, Financial Aid Trust and other mandatory university fees may apply.

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