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Recent research indicates that 1 in 10 people are employed in a tourism related job (World Economic Forum, 2017). Another study showed that travelers are more likely to visit places if there are sustainable practices in place (Mandala, 2017). In addition, governments are recognizing the importance of sustainability, leading the United Nations to outline sustainable development goals (UN). As the tourism industry continues to adopt eco- tourism and suitability practices, a new set of skills is needed. In response, Thunderbird has designed the Sustainable Tourism concentration.
The target audience for the concentration is students interested in working in sustainable tourism, hospitality, travel and related fields. Through a collaborative sequence of courses offered in partnership with other ASU colleges, students will be able to work in and lead organizations that desire employees with global management and sustainable tourism skills.
Thunderbird's MGM in Sustainable Tourism prepares students who desire to work in the tourism industry globally. Offered in collaboration with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU, the program addresses the unique character of sustainability and sustainable practices in tourism development and management. Students interested in sustainable tourism management explore the practice of management and development of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations.
You will integrate economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability as it relates to tourism; conduct sustainability audits for destinations and businesses; evaluate community impacts of tourism; determine sustainable destinations; and perform business planning and management.
Master of Global Management (MGM) in Sustainable Tourism (49-credit program):
18 credits of Global Business Core course common to all concentrations:
6 credits of Applied Learning electives:
12 credits of Concentration coursework:
12 credits of any graduate level electives relevant to career, could also be language courses to fulfill second language requirement.
1 credit (Capstone) Thunderbird Integrative Experience - Professional Development Plan
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Global leadership potential
Our Admissions team will consider both your professional and personal experience when assessing your fit for the program. On average, our students have five years of professional experience before entering the program; however, each candidate's global leadership potential—and his or her ability to bring global experience and cultural insight into the classroom—is of utmost importance to our Admissions team. We seek to fill our program with globally minded students whose professional or personal experiences will add value to the diverse cultural and social Thunderbird experience.
The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, you will also be required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee. All international transcripts must be submitted in their original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are not acceptable.
English proficiency requirements
Applicants are required to meet certain English proficiency standards for acceptance. If your English proficiency scores are below acceptance standards, you may be required to take pre-degree English instruction to ensure you meet the level of English proficiency needed to succeed in your graduate studies. Learn more.
Thunderbird seeks individuals whose global mindset and personal mission align with our own—and we make generous scholarships available to those whose passion for international management, cultures and world relations is seen in both their words and their actions.
There are many different options available to help you finance your graduate education at Thunderbird. In fact, more than 96% of Thunderbird students receive financial assistance through loans, scholarships or other awards. Arizona State University’s Financial Aid team works with you hand-in-hand to find the financing solutions for your unique situation. For detailed instructions or advice, contact the ASU Financial Aid team at email@example.com.
Application Fee (Domestic)*
Application Fee (International)*
Program Deposit** (make your deposit here)
Contact your admissions representative to learn more about estimated costs for books and materials, global experience and living expenses.
*Applications will not be processed until the fee is received and fees are non-refundable.
**The enrollment deposit confirms your acceptance of admission and reserves your seat in the program, allowing you to register for your first term courses. All deposit funds are applied to your student account.
NOTE: All amounts shown in the Tuition and Fees Schedules or in other university publications or Web pages represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, Arizona State University reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the Arizona Board of Regents or as otherwise consistent with board policy, and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at ASU at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors. Finally, please note that fee amounts billed for any period may be adjusted at a future date.