Sustainable Economic Development via Tourism Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Economic Development via Tourism focuses on the theoretical and practical requirements of how sustainable economic development can be achieved via the appropriate use of eco- and cultural tourism.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Economic Development via Tourism will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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 local assets to develop and market, and how to meet the needs of the tourist as a customer.
  • An understanding of the global nature of the tourism industry.

Individuals considering using advanced certificate courses toward the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) degree must:

  • Apply to the MSAS program prior to completing two courses
  • Recognize that grades earned in certificate courses will not be used in the admission decision process
  • Complete the additional prerequisite courses for the selected concentration
  • Meet the department’s academic admission requirements


Prior to starting a certificate course, students are required to submit a certificate application and evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the international equivalent).

A 3.0 GPA is required for certificate award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the certificate.


(Four courses/16 credits)

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Billington M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Mendlinger STH 113 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Plus two electives selected from the MS in Administrative Studies concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management, with advisor’s approval.

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