Economic Development & Tourism Management

The MS in Administrative Studies concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management provides an in-depth examination of the economics, 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 the costs associated with development. The program emphasizes sustainable economic development via the commodification of cultural and nature tourism assets.


International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills. International students must take MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students unless waived by the department.

The department course to satisfy the prerequisite:

  • MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students (4 cr)

Note that prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

Degree Core Courses

(five courses/20 credits)

  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

Concentration Requirements

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 600 Economic Development and Tourism Management
  • MET AD 603 Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism
  • MET AD 747 Service: Quality, Delivery, and Productivity
  • MET AD 758 Eco-Tourism

Concentration Electives

(select two courses/8 credits)

  • MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations
  • MET AD 605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
  • MET AD 650 Economic Development via Tourism in the Developing World
  • MET AD 654 Marketing Analytics
  • MET AD 657 Economic Sustainability, Development, and Competitiveness of a Tourist Destination
  • MET AD 673 Corporate and Global Responsibility
  • MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
  • MET AD 683 Infrastructure and Logistical Planning for Tourism Development
  • MET AD 690 Strategic Logistics Management
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET AD 725 Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution
  • MET AD 728 Understanding and Managing Heritage Tourism
  • MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
  • MET AD 740 Planning and Operating New Ventures
  • MET AD 745 Global Competitiveness
  • MET AD 746 Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment
  • MET AD 749 International Economics
  • MET AD 760 International Trade and Logistics
  • MET AD 764 Multinational Tactics, Strategies, and Positioning
  • MET AD 767 Culture and Development
  • MET AD 769 Cultural Tourism and the Art and Festival Industries
  • MET AD 780 Ethics in Management
  • MET AD 855 Strategic Advantage
  • MET AD 856 Market and Economic Research and Analysis
  • MET AD 857 Marketing Strategies
  • MET AD 860 International Advertising


(select one graduate-level course/4 credits)

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