Colorado State University Announces Online Master of Tourism Management

As the demand for educated professionals continues to grow within the tourism industry – the number one employer in the world – Colorado State University is answering the call with an online Master of Tourism Management, offered through Colorado State University OnlinePlus.

The new degree prepares students for a career in tourism with the curriculum’s cutting-edge focus on sustainable business models and holistic approach to the tourism industry. A heavy emphasis on triple bottom line business practices – including those that address profits, people and the planet gives them a competitive advantage as professionals with a unique skill set specific to a growing industry.

“As tourism grows and depends more heavily on natural resources, it is increasingly critical for tourism professionals to have applicable knowledge of sustainable tourism management practices,” said Mike Manfredo, CSU professor and department head. “The Master of Tourism Management program is designed to prepare students and professionals to advance their careers and create solutions to meet global tourism industry challenges.”

From those working seasonally in the recreation and tourism industries who want to get ahead and land a more permanent position in tourism to entrepreneurs in rural areas wanting to launch a business in sustainable tourism, this degree puts you in a prime position to benefit from the booming tourism industry – the number one employer in the world.

“The program’s balance of business management curriculum, tourism-specific coursework and industry interaction provides students with an excellent foundation and experience to achieve a successful career in tourism management,” Manfredo said.

The takeaways graduates finish with make this program different from many other tourism management degrees, including:

  • A holistic approach to balancing profitability with environmental and social responsibility
  • An understanding of how to engage in the tourism industry at local, national and international levels
  • Tourism industry concepts and best practices
  • Ability to apply sound business practices, including marketing and quantitative analyses
  • A grasp on current issues in nature-based topics and tourism policy

Taught by renowned faculty from CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources and College of Business, the new online tourism management master’s degree also provides students opportunities to connect with professionals who have worldwide experience and internationally known reputations. The online delivery allows students to study the world-class curriculum Colorado State is known for, and earn the same regionally-accredited degree as an on-campus student, without interrupting their work and family life.

To learn more about this degree program, visit or contact Patricia Spears-Taff, with CSU OnlinePlus, at (970) 492-4715 with specific questions.

Colorado State University OnlinePlus programs and educational opportunities, offered through the Division of Continuing Education, support the University’s land-grant mission by providing quality graduate and undergraduate degrees, professional development training, certificate programs, online credit and noncredit courses and industry specific training online and at Learning Centers across the Front Range.

For more information about Colorado State University OnlinePlus, visit or call (970) 491-5288.