Geography - Tourism Planning and Development (M.S.)

Geography - Tourism Planning and Development (M.S.)

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Geography - Tourism Planning and Development (M.S.)

Geography - Tourism Planning and Development (M.S.)


The geography program will prepare you for a career focusing on tourism and its relationship to a place. Your classes will focus on sustainable development, eco-tourism and research as you prepare to present your findings. You’ll have the opportunity to pick electives that match your career goals where you can pick between courses in tourism development, land use, GIS, community heritage, regional and environmental planning and community development.

Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes with professors dedicated to one-on-one mentoring. 
  • Emphasis and graduate certificate also available in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
  • Classroom leadership opportunities. 
  • Two graduate assistantship positions sponsored each year.
  • Opportunity to study abroad including research opportunities in countries such as Russia and China. 
  • State-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems lab.

Program Distinctions

  • Close to 100 percent professional employment for graduates, others have been accepted into Ph.D. programs. 
  • Students have won awards at the Association of American Geographers national meetings. 
  • Graduates work in many federal, state and local agencies and in the private sector
  • Faculty have written nationally-acclaimed textbooks in Cartography and Geography of Russia. 
  • Faculty research interests encompass historical, cultural, economic, physical and environmental geography as well as the geographic techniques LIDAR, precision surveying, geovisualization, multivariate statistics, phytolith analysis and more. 

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall N/A N/A N/A
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Chukwunyere Ugochukwu

Popular Careers

  • Tourism planning
  • Tourism information center manager
  • Travel agency manager
  • Tourism association manager
  • Park service
  • Museum manager
  • Chamber of commerce director
  • Community college instructor

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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