School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University
"One of the best things about it is that we were required to do a practicum and a full-time internship. They helped me learn more about the industry before I got into it. I met a lot of people, and it provided a lot of experience. You can't always learn from a book; it needs to be hands-on as well."
—Lindsay Condelli, BS Tourism and Events Management '15

Our bachelor of science in tourism and events management (TEM) lays the foundation for a successful career in the wide and dynamic world of tourism, events, and hospitality.

  • Our TEM major focuses on the management, planning, implementation, marketing, and evaluation of tourism, events, and hospitality businesses.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows students to pursue a BS with an emphasis in tourism management, events management, or hospitality management.
  • Specialized course work and fieldwork equip students with the knowledge and experience they need to enter leadership roles in one of the world’s largest and most diverse industries confident and prepared.
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What You’ll Learn

The curriculum of the TEM major includes experiential, theoretical, and analytical components. This major helps prepare students for management positions in all segments of the tourism, events, and hospitality industries. The program is designed to give students a broad general education complemented by a strong management and problem-solving orientation.

A key component of the TEM major is hands-on experience through two fieldwork courses. The combination of course work and fieldwork ensures students will graduate with a level of competency and working knowledge that immediately qualifies them for leadership responsibilities.

Career Venues for Tourism and Events Management Graduates

  • convention and visitors bureaus
  • country clubs
  • cruise lines
  • destination marketing organizations
  • event management companies
  • hotels and lodging operations
  • museums
  • not for profit organizations
  • performing centers
  • resorts
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • trade associations
  • wedding and event spaces

Mason Core (37 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3) Must take STAT 250 or EDRS 220
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization/World History (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3) (TOUR 311 recommended)\*
  • Global understanding (3) (TOUR 210 recommended)\*
  • Natural science (7)
  • Synthesis/Capstone (met by completion of TOUR 490, a program requirement)

Professional Sequence (56 credits)

Program Format

Courses of the Tourism and Events Management Major are offered either fact-to-face at the Fairfax campus or online. Students must complete 120 credits.

Application Deadlines

Freshman

  • Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

Transfer

  • Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 1

For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.

Application Requirements

Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.

Admissions Requirements

Learn about submission deadlines and admissions requirements using the links below:

Tuition (2021-22)

TUITION CLASSIFICATION COST PER CREDIT
Virginia Resident $396.25
$546.50 with MSF*
Non-Virginia Resident $1,373.75
$1,524.00 with MSF*
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF) $150.25
CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
$25.00 - $250.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit $571.50 - $796.50
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit $1,549.00 - $1,774.00
Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
$350 | $275 for transfer students

Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

Advising

Academic Advisor

Ms. Michelle Séki
Email: mgnoleba@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-5200
Fairfax Campus: Krug Hall, Suite 213 (virtual for Fall 2021)

To schedule an appointment: https://gmu.campus.eab.com/pal/6Kh5DLqsxM

Learn more about Michelle, and her work advising students, here.

Click to view the 2021-22 Tourism and Events Management Advising Sheet.

Practicum and Internship Experiences

Tourism and Events Management students are encouraged to seek volunteer or paid experiences in the broad field of tourism, events, and hospitality management during their academic years.
In addition, the Tourism and Events Management curriculum includes two faculty-supervised practical experiences – practicum (TOUR 241) and internship (TOUR 490).

TOUR 241 – Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management Practicum

The Tourism and Events Management practicum provides practical experience in an approved, student-selected volunteer or paid setting. This 3-credit course includes 120 hours of supervised practical experience and is conducted according to the terms of a three-way partnership agreement among the participating agency, George Mason University, and the student. This course should be taken early in the academic program. Inquiries about the Tourism and Events Management practicum should be directed to the Fieldwork Coordinator at temfield@gmu.edu. See a list of previous practicum sites as a starting place.

For a full catalog description and past syllabi click here.

All students must complete the **mandatory pre-experience online orientation session** by the deadline here The sessions are provided through the Tourism and Events Management Blackboard Organization. Save your notice of completion.

This requirement is different from (**and in addition to**) the requirement to attend the informational meetings scheduled by their Faculty Supervisor (the instructor-of-record for their section), which are also **mandatory**. For more details click here.

Note: Failure to complete the **mandatory** orientation session (i.e. the one provided by the Fieldwork Coordinator), and the informational meeting organized by the Faculty Supervisor (if applicable) will result in you being declared ineligible to complete your practicum during the corresponding semester. The sessions are announced through the Tourism and Events Management listserv. Any student not receiving the listserv emails must contact us at smonk@gmu.edu.

Complete Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management Practicum Manual.

TOUR 490 – Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management Internship

The Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management internship gives students an opportunity to have a full-time applied experience at an approved agency for a minimum of 400 hours during the fall, spring, or summer semester. The internship satisfies the Mason Core capstone requirement and is, therefore, completed late in the academic program (after at least 90 credits have been earned, and the practicum has been successfully completed). This 12-credit course is conducted according to the terms of a three-way partnership agreement among the participating agency, George Mason University, and the student. Interns are supervised directly by professionals (site supervisors), who communicate regularly with the student's internship faculty supervisor. See a list of previous internship sites as a starting place.

For a full catalog description and past syllabi click here.

All students must complete the **mandatory pre-experience orientation session** before registering for TOUR 490. For more details click here.

The orientation sessions can be attended either in person (only if enrolled in TOUR 470 the semester before the student’s eligibility as outlined in the deadlines here) OR online through the Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management Blackboard organization by the deadlines here. Save your notice of completion. For more details click here.

Note: Failure to complete the **mandatory** pre-experience orientation session will make students ineligible to complete their internship during the applicable semester. Details for the sessions, are announced through the Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management listserv. If you do not receive the listserv emails, contact us at smonk@gmu.edu.

Details on the internship are in the complete Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management Internship Manual.

Inquiries about the internship should be directed to the Fieldwork Coordinator at (temfield@gmu.edu). 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When must I complete the mandatory orientation for Practicum (TOUR 241) and what must I do to enroll?
  2. When must I complete the mandatory orientation for Internship (TOUR 490) and what must I do to enroll?
  3. What are previous sites of Practicums and Internships?
  4. What makes a successful Practicum or Internship experience?
  5. What forms and documents are needed? See Documents and Forms section above. 
    1. Practicum Manual
    2. Internship Manual
  6. What must be included in an official job description?
  7. What are important dates to take note of for Practicums and Internships?
  8. What must I do if I would like to complete my fieldwork using a site at which I have previously worked?
  9. What do I need to know about completing TOUR 490 (Internship) in a 'hotel'?

Agencies looking to work with Mason Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management students

When you work with Mason students you can expect to have engaged students who have been well trained with the requisite knowledge to be a worthwhile addition in the Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management Fields. Students would have completed courses in areas such as Events Management, Events Implementation, Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management, Wedding Planning, Program Planning and Design, and many more.

Click here for more information about the type of internship and practicum programs offered by the Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management program.

Resources

The web links below may be useful for students and professionals needing quick access to information or contacts in the field. Several state, national, and international professional associations are also listed.

The World Tourism Organization (WTO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism know-how.

The Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory is a guide to official tourist information sources: government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar organizations that provide free, accurate, and unbiased travel information to the public. Businesses such as travel agents, tour operators, and hotels are not included.

The Virginia Tourism Commission website includes information for travelers and industry partners.

The Maryland Tourism Office website offers information about destinations and attractions in our neighboring state.

The U.S. Travel Association is a public voice and political liaison for the entire industry and a recognized source of travel research, exclusive statistics and analyses.

The Travel Industry Dictionary is a service to the travel industry community by the publishers of a home study course for home-based travel agents.

The Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) advocates standards and promotes the application of quality travel and tourism research and marketing information.

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries of the US Department of Commerce provides US inbound/outbound and international statistics, federal government level tourism policies, and tourism news.

The Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) serves students and professionals working in commercial recreation enterprises and resort settings.

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is a nonprofit international association of professionals in the meetings management industry.

Tourism and Events Management







Michelle Séki
Academic Advisor
mgnoleba@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-5200
Thompson Hall, Suite 2300 (Fairfax)