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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.

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