Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management provides an in-depth examination of the economic, infrastructure, logistical, security, and research issues involved with regional, national, and international economic development and tourism. Students are exposed to the interplay of private, public, and government organizations as they relate to the design of a comprehensive economic development and tourism plan. The combination of theory and practice prepares students to analyze tourism markets; assess area, regional, and national weaknesses and strengths; and understand infrastructure needs and costs associated with development. The program emphasizes sustainable economic development via the commodifying of cultural and nature tourism assets.

Students who complete the Administrative Studies master’s degree concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of critical and innovative thinking, a global business perspective, enhanced communication skills, as well as the technical tools and techniques necessary for business decision-making.
  • Comprehension of the full range of eco- and cultural tourism assets that can be utilized for sustainable tourism development.
  • An understanding of the business of eco- and cultural tourism, including how to determine which assets to develop and market, and the tourist’s wishes and desires.
  • The ability to combine local, regional, and national resources and issues so as to be able to develop a comprehensive plan for an integrated tourism industry.
  • An understanding of the global nature of the tourism industry.

Core Requirements

A total of 48 credits is required.

All students must satisfy the degree core courses, concentration requirements, concentration electives, and free electives as indicated. Waived courses from core or concentration areas must be replaced by an elective course in order to meet the 48-credit-hour requirement.

Degree Core Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
Sprg ‘15

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Mcgorty MET B02B M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D1 IND Chee SMG 224 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Chambers ARR
BNR IND Turner S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 642 Project Management
Sprg ‘15

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Greiman FLR 134 M 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
B1 IND Cipriano CAS 203 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C1 IND Keegan CAS 208 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D1 IND Keegan FLR 121 R 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
OL IND Bernardin ARR
BHA IND Reichel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
BNR IND Kieffer U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
MET AD 648 Ecommerce
Sprg ‘15

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E2 IND Page FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E3 IND Shahossini FLR ARR R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Chee FLR ARR T 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
Sprg ‘15

This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. The course reviews the problems of decision-making relating to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price, and provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include: the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; areas include the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments and labor influences. This course additionally investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Lee KCB 102 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C2 IND Lee CAS 226 W 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Sprg ‘15

Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Unger SHA 210 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D2 IND Unger SHA 210 R 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Concentration Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET AD 600 Economic Development and Tourism Management

Provides a market oriented, strategic planning framework to address a broad range of tourism and regional economic and development issues that relate to tourism industry development and growth. The interplay of private, public and government organizations is discuss as they relate to the development of a comprehensive tourism plan. The combination of theory and practice will prepare students to analyze tourism markets, assess area, regional and national weakness and strengths as well as the security, infrastructure/logistics, marketing and costs associated tourism. Topics include: importance of tourism to the economy, developing the tourism strategy, ecotourism, research and analysis, positioning and marketing, funding tourism and developing new attractions.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 603 Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism

Cultural tourism in the 21st century is more than the traditional passive activities of visiting a museum, hearing a concert or strolling down an historic street. It has become an active, dynamic branch of tourism in which half of all tourists have stated that they want some cultural activities during their vacation. In this course we will introduce various themes of cultural tourism including the relationship between the Tourist Industry and the Cultural Heritage Manager, conservation and preservation vs. utilization of a cultural asset, authenticity vs. commoditization, stakeholders and what should be their rights and obligations, tangible and intangible tourist assets, the role of government, private industry and the non-profit sectors in tourism planning and sustainable economic development. We will examine these themes in different areas of cultural tourism including the art industry, historical sites, cultural landmarks, special events and festivals, theme parks and gastronomy.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 747 Service: Quality, Delivery, and Productivity
Sprg ‘15

Topics include, the shift toward international service economies, the increasingly large service component in "non-service" industries, integrating service in the development of products and the critical role employees play in delivering service quality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Billington CAS 204A W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 758 Eco-Tourism
Sprg ‘15

The course examines the emerging area of eco-tourism in both developing and developed nations. The issues discussed involve the purpose of eco-tourism, importance to GDP, infrastructure demands, return on investment, and the possible financial strains and returns to local areas. The course provides a thorough examination of potential benefits as well as liabilities of eco-tourism to the region, indigenous population, and nation as well as who can gain and who can lose from such undertakings.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Mendlinger KCB 102 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Elective Courses

Concentration Electives

(Two courses/8 credits)

Choose two courses from the following:

MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
Sprg ‘15

This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure?as well as the organizations within that structure?designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Banasiewicz PHO 205 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Banasiewicz ARR
MET AD 650 Economic Development via Tourism in the Developing World
Sprg ‘15

Many branches of the tourism industry have become incorporated into the increasingly important economic paradigm of sustainable economic development (economic development while minimizing the negative environmental, social and cultural impact of such development) in both the developed and developing world. In this course students will visit a developing country and learn how the tourist industry has developed in that country, determine how sustainable that development has been and what are potential directions for future growth in the tourist industry.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
X1 IND Mendlinger ARR
MET AD 657 Economic Sustainability, Development, and Competitiveness of a Tourist Destination

This course allows the student to understand and learn how to develop and manage tourism destinations that have the capability to perform effectively in an increasingly competitive international marketplace in ways that are environmentally, socially, and culturally sustainable. Topics include: the evolving nature of competition and sustainability, dimensions of competitive destination and sustainable destination, the global macro-environment for tourism, the competitive micro-environment, core resources and attractors, supporting facilities, and destination policy, planning, and development.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 671 Business Analytics Foundations

Students will learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools will be applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 673 Corporate and Social Responsibility

The course provides an introduction to the main concepts of Global Responsibility and its impact on management. It addresses many issues surrounding what are commonly referred to as Corporate and Social Responsibility as well as the issues of related sustainability. The course covers topics such as: Marketing, Finance, ethics, Risk Assessment, Communication and Strategy. The course is designed to help understand why corporate social responsibility is important in the public and private sectors and enable students to examine how the organizational can be impacted by CSR.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 683 Infrastructure and Logistical Planning for Tourism Development

The course provides an in depth examination of the role of infrastructure and logistics in economic and tourism development. Students are exposed to national and international examples of infrastructure and logistics models as they related to the successful, or unsuccessful, attempts to initiate economic/tourism development, growth and/or maintenance. The problems and challenges facing private firms and governments as they attempt to integrate economic development and growth into an existing culture and environment are presented. The role of national, regional and local infrastructures is discussed as they relate to an intergraded economic development plan. The use, types and importance of infrastructure is presented, as are methods to develop models to assess needs and resource allocation.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
Sprg ‘15

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Zlatev FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCP IND Cleary S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 725 Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution

A communications skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students will assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 728 Understanding and Managing Heritage Tourism

This course will examine the special characteristics of heritage tourism: how it differs from other forms of tourism in terms of product definition, development, audience, management, ethics, and relation to the local, national, and international communities. Topics will include historic preservation, product presentation and interpretation, and issues of sustainability and place-making.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
Sprg ‘15

Marketing approaches have been significantly altered with the advent of the Internet. This course provides a view of marketing for the twenty-first century. Special emphasis is provided on the impact of new Internet marketing techniques, research using data mining and metrics, search engine optimization, reaching consumer markets through the new business models associated with social communities, blogs, and other Web 2.0 structures. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Kanabar FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 740 Planning and Operating New Ventures
Sprg ‘15

Includes opportunity assessment and feasibility analysis, concept development, budgeting and financial operations, financial and human resource management, legal and organizational issues, role of boards and external advisors that lead to the writing of a business plan.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Leybourne STH 113 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 745 Global Competitiveness

Reviews the process whereby organizations establish and pursue goals within internal and external constraints, resources, and opportunities. Topics include strategy and tactics; the process of strategic choice and adjustment; resource assessment; environmental and competitor analysis; stakeholders and values; and strategy implementation, control, and valuation.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 746 Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment
Sprg ‘15

Examines legal issues that affect high technology firms. Topics include copyright, reverse engineering, trade secrets, patents, international legal differences, the Uniform Commercial Code, and product liability. Cases drawn from high tech industries are used to emphasize current and future developments.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Saradjian FLR 123 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AD 749 International Economics

This course involves the study of the foundations of the trade theory as well as modern international economics issues. It utilizes a self-directed approach through computer testing, electronic interaction with the instructor, video-tape series, and a comprehensive research project. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 764 Multinational Tactics, Strategy, and Positioning

Introduces the student to the contemporary word of international business through an examination of the social, cultural, economic, ecological and commercial aspects that impact global operations. Emphasis is on both the thorough understanding of the effect that international business has on the different functional aspects of the enterprise as well as the manner in which firms organize, operate and formulate strategies in order to maximize their chances of successful operations.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 767 Culture and Development

Today the tourist industry is global in respect to the tourists wishes and destinations, i.e., tourists travel to other countries in part to learn about their peoples and cultures. To meet this large and expanding market many tourist companies have become either multinational or have formed working alliances with companies in other countries. This necessitates the need of people working in the tourist industry to have an understanding of cultures beyond their own. In this course we will examine different cultures and see how culture has affected economic, social, political and artistic development and its relationship to multi-national commerce and the tourist industry. Among the cultures to be examined will be: Western Europe, America, Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 769 Cultural Tourism and the Art and Festival Industries

Festivals and events are found in all societies. They are increasingly seen as unique tourist attractions and as destination image makers. Ranging from mega events such as the Olympics to small community festivals, they constitute one of the most exciting and fastest growing forms of sustainable cultural tourism. In this course students will learn how to plan, develop, and market festivals and events as tourism attractions. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 780 Ethics in Management

Those in leadership and managerial positions are often confronted with difficult decisions that have far-reaching implications and the ability to balance competing social and ethical values. This practical course explores different ways of approaching challenging ethical dilemmas through theories, cases, contemporary issues, and exercises -- and in the context of various cultures and business and organizational settings. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 854 Marketing Database Analytics

The course offers an overview of how leading business organizations use transactional (i.e., sales) and related data to shape their marketing initiatives focused on three core marketing goals: new customer acquisition, current customer retention and marketing mix optimization. The overall focus of the course is on showing how the readily available, diverse data types can be translated into a source of competitively-advantageous, decision-guiding knowledge. While the focus of the course is on utilizing, not deriving data analytical outputs, students will be exposed to commonly used marketing data analytical outcomes (e.g., customer segmentation, customer loyalty/churn models, propensity to purchase or respond models, etc.).   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 857 Marketing Strategies

Strategic and operational marketing issues arising in the firm's operations. Topics include market screening, decisions, entry strategies, product/service development, as well as designing the marketing plan and its implementation. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 860 International Advertising
Sprg ‘15

Concepts, theories and practice of international, multinational and global advertising. A thorough and contemporary study of the impact of globalization on marketing communications and particularly advertising. The environment of worldwide advertising, the advertising mix and worldwide management.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Harding CAS 208 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


(One graduate-level course/4 credits)

Students are encouraged to use this graduate-level course to broaden their understanding of numerous topics that comprise the field of economic development and tourism management. This course may be selected from other Administrative Sciences offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.


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