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RRU students

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management (BAGTM) program is designed to go far beyond a regional focus. The program focuses on global tourism opportunities, trends and issues to ensure you have the tools and knowledge to advance your career in the tourism and hospitality industry within Canada or Worldwide. Improve your competitive advantage while learning to use social entrepreneurship, leadership, and management skills to contribute to community and business development.

Who It's For

This program is intended for those who wish to advance their career in the tourism and hospitality industry as professional tourism managers or entrepreneurs. This degree provides them with a comprehensive range of abilities, knowledge, and experience in order to contribute to a viable and sustainable tourism industry. We are looking for creative and motivated individuals who enjoy working with people and have a passion for the tourism industry.

This program is a degree completion program enabling students to complete years three and four of their degree on-campus through an accelerated (one year) and non-accelerated (two-year) delivery model:

  • One-year program – this delivery model is intensive and fast-paced to enable students to complete a BA in a year. Typically students completing the accelerated model are focused on completing their schooling as soon as possible, are organized and already have a good grasp of tourism.
  • Two-year program – this delivery model is slower paced and enables students to balance their school work with other commitments. The two-year program also provides students with the opportunity to complete an international exchange.

For application requirements please visit our Program Admission page.

Graduates of the BAGTM are eligible to continue their education in the Master of Arts Tourism Management or the Masters of Global Management.


This program provides the real life experiences to develop a critical insight into issues and opportunities in the tourism industry.  It enables students to learn within a supportive, team-based environment from instructors, who are recognized leaders with international experience, while developing a strong network of like-minded professionals. Graduates will also gain a competitive advantage by developing real world connections through a special research project or internship opportunities in Canada or internationally.

Graduates of the program will acquire a comprehensive range of abilities, knowledge and experience necessary to build a viable and sustainable industry. This program incorporates essential topics and competencies related to entrepreneurship, destination marketing, leadership, communications, community development, and global sustainability, and it enables graduates to refine the desired skills that tourism, culture, and hospitality companies and organizations are searching for.

Tourism embodies a wide variety of interconnected industries. The global demand in these industries has created many new job opportunities for graduates, including careers in corporations, small businesses, government and destination-related organizations, museums and cultural sites, as well as tourism consulting opportunities.

To learn more about the skills graduates gain through the program visit the outcomes page.

Talk To Us

We’d like to offer you the opportunity to learn more about our program directly from our faculty. Program Head Dr. Eugene Thomlinson regularly hosts webinar sessions to inform prospective students about our BA in Global Tourism Management, during these sessions you will also have the opportunity to ask questions of your own. If you can’t attend live, sign up anyway and we will email you a link of the recording that will give you a sense of what the program is all about. Visit our Information Session page to see when the next session will be.