Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC, Canada
Tourism Management M.A
**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.
Statement of Intent, two professional references, Detailed CV, Academic transcripts, At least 2 years of relevant full-time work experience letter.
About The Program
About The University
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There are a variety of scholarships and bursaries available to you as a Royal Roads student to help towards funding your education.
Royal Roads offers a variety of awards to our students. These are primarily awarded on a quarterly basis, but there's an extra competition or two that falls off cycle. While the University has a few high-valued awards, the majority of assistance is modest and allocated by competition.
Students are also encouraged to pursue scholarship and bursary offerings in the community. The university actively collect and display select opportunities for your convenience.
The global tourism industry demands passionate entrepreneurs and leaders with advanced, industry-specific training. The Master of Arts in Tourism Management (MATM) program is designed to help you fulfill that demand.
If you have a passion for international travel, sustainable tourism or any other facet of the tourism and hospitality industry, the MATM program can help you acquire the skills and experience to thrive in any number of exciting and highly rewarding career paths.
Created in collaboration with industry experts, this program will equip you with the leadership tools, advanced knowledge and real-world skills to tackle the most pressing issues and capitalize on the latest trends in global tourism.
The MATM program is built around three central themes: leadership, marketing, and destination development. The course content will expand upon a conceptual foundation in the social sciences, enhancing your personal development and providing unique insights into tourism, both as a sustainable economic engine and a global social phenomenon. A variety of engaging electives allow you to customize your educational journey and align it with your desired career path.
You’ll examine real-life case studies that showcase different approaches to sustainable tourism development, engage with knowledgeable, highly experienced faculty and learn how to address common workplace challenges within tourism and hospitality organizations. In the on-campus program, you’ll build valuable industry experience during an overseas field study to a world-renowned international destination.
The MATM program is offered in two delivery models: an 20-month on-campus delivery or a two-year blended delivery that combines online, self-directed learning with three one-week residencies on our stunning Victoria campus.
If you’re unsure about committing to a master’s level program, Royal Roads also offers a Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management that fully ladders into the MATM program.
You may be able to transfer previous earned credits from a RRU Graduate Certificate program. For more details contact an enrolment advisor.
Who It’s For
The MATM program is designed for tomorrow’s leaders in the global tourism industry. It’s for motivated individuals who want to rise to senior levels such as managers, entrepreneurs or consultants in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.
Most importantly, this program is for anyone with a tourism-related background who wants to obtain the skills, confidence and strategic vision to step boldly into an exciting, high-level career in the global tourism industry
To learn more about the application requirements for the program visit our Program Admissions page.
The Master of Arts in Tourism Management is a 36-credit program that covers a wide array of topics integral to your success in the highest levels of the tourism industry. The program, which combines team-based work and self-directed learning, consists of six required courses, a range of electives courses, experiential field studies, semester abroadopportunities, an optional internship and three completion options.
INTERNATIONAL FIELD STUDY:
The MATM on-campus program’s Global Tourism course includes an overseas field study to a world-renowned international destination. During this trip, you’ll conduct field research on a topic of your choice while connecting with local agencies and experiencing the destination from a tourist’s perspective. This week-long trip includes both group activities and individual time to explore on your own.
As part of the MATM program, you’ll have the chance to develop valuable industry connections and obtain real-world experience during an optional 420-hour internship. Your internship is an opportunity to intimately explore a specific career path – either in Canada or abroad – with the full support of Royal Roads staff and faculty.
Learn how our Career Learning and Development office supports Royal Roads students.
You’ll be able to choose from three different program completion options; course based, major research project or thesis option. Both the Major Research Project and Thesis options are recommended if you are considering pursuing a doctorate in the future.
The course-based option includes the six required courses, five electives that you will choose depending on your interests. You will complete the program with a capstone course which consolidates your program learnings in a final paper. Through this completion option you will have the opportunity to customize your learning by focusing on particular themes within the tourism and hospitality industry and expanding your consulting and entrepreneurial skill sets.
Major Research Project
Following the six required courses you will select three elective courses and complete a major research project. This research project integrates both theory and applied research. You will complete your project with guidance from a supervisor and will produce a written paper, article or create a non-traditional deliverable such as a video, website, curriculum, white paper, policy document or something else as agreed with your supervisor.
If you are looking to apply your research learnings in your current workplace or if you are interested in getting some applied project experience, this path is ideal for you. This completion option will give you an opportunity to deep-dive into a specific topic of interest and will significantly enhance your ability to create real-world deliverables.
In addition to the six required courses you will choose two elective courses as well as develop a thesis. The thesis option requires approval from the program head. This approval process is in place to ensure students are committed to finishing the thesis within the duration of your program.
You will complete a comprehensive research paper of about 15,000 words, which includes both primary and secondary research into a particular topic of interest. You will work with your thesis supervisor to identify your topic, methodology, theoretical framework and appropriate literature and other secondary sources. You will be expected to defend your thesis before an academic committee.
About Royal Roads
Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a military college and 20 years as a public applied research university.
The university understand the needs and aspirations of its students, and it created options to deliver an educational experience that fits a student's lifestyle. The cohort model features group-based course work, providing a resource of like-minded peers for you to share, challenge and grow with throughout your program. Even after graduation, these groups continue to support your aspirations to ensure your life changing experience with us has enabled not only professional transformation, but a personal one as well.
The university got a unique learning model – they call it “effective”
The programs offered at Royal Roads University provide learners with the tools and techniques required to be effective after graduation. Whether you’re looking for a new career or want to improve your standing, financially and professionally, within your current organization, the blended learning model of online courses and intensive, on-campus residencies lets you use what you learn, today.
The online learning model allows you to continue working while you complete your degree. The program begins with a short, on-campus residency that allows you to meet the rest of the learners in your cohort, followed by distance courses that deliver the theoretical and information-based material in the program. Moodle, the platform used for online learning, facilitates the delivery of learning materials while providing you with the ability to interact and engage with fellow students and professors. Learn more about Royal Roads' online learning process.
A sustainable future
At Royal Roads University, it is understood that environmental leadership is required and the university is proud that their students, faculty, and staff support this direction. Climate change is one of the most critical challenges of our time, and the university is focused on initiatives that support campus sustainability. Environmental sustainability is not only intrinsically linked to the teaching and research mandate, it’s a challenge that calls for the kind of interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving at which we excel.