The MA in Tourism Management program is designed for students who want to pursue their careers in tourism and hospitality management, and is delivered by faculty with expert real-world experience. They provide a professional understanding of both the classic and new concepts related to the tourism and hospitality industry. This program is delivered both through a purely on-campus delivery model and through a blended delivery model of online study with on-campus residencies.
The on-campus model is delivered on our beautiful campus in Victoria, BC and is traditionally popular with students looking to continue their education after earning their bachelor degree.
There are eight required courses that are delivered over four semesters, with short breaks in between. There are six elective courses, delivered over semesters two, three and four, including an optional internship. There is also an International field study at the end of semester two. The capstone is a graduate research paper which integrates theory and applied research, providing a professional stepping stone for further post graduate studies.
Students are expected to be on-campus during regular course sessions to attend lectures, participate in group discussions and team assignments. Our online learning platform, Moodle, is also used to facilitate face-to-face learning.
The blended delivery model incorporates online learning with three short on-campus residencies. The capstone is a graduate research paper which integrates theory and applied research, providing a professional stepping stone for further post graduate studies.
The three on-campus residencies allow students to engage with Royal Road University's culture, faculty, and fellow students.
Students will also:
- Begin the study of core elements of the program;
- Develop team-building and leadership skills essential for future courses;
- Consolidate learning acquired during the program, and
- Benefit from small-group mentoring and personal consultation with core faculty.
Students can expect to work hard during the residency period. The typical classroom schedule is daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Team meetings, assignments and readings happen outside of these hours. In addition to educational activities, there will be a number of planned recreational events.
On-line courses expand upon the course and program introduction offered during the residency. The distance learning portions of the program take place using the Moodle learning management system A week prior to commencing each course, students are provided with access to videos, course materials and readings as well as the course schedule.
Students typically take one course at a time, for a period of approximately nine weeks. Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 20 hours per week. This may vary at times throughout the course and from student to student. During the first courses, the amount of time required may be higher, as students familiarize themselves with our on- line learning technologies.
We use a number of different learning methods, including textbooks, articles, digital videos, case studies, and discussion forums to communicate with classmates, some of whom may be on the other side of the country or the world. Having already met their classmates during the residency period, students continue to work in teams during the distance courses, an approach that has proven to be very productive.