Tourism Development and Planning

Program Type
Undergraduate Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate
Mode of Study
In Person

Tuition per credit hour

In-state: $297;
Out-of-state: $875. See details and other costs

Credit hours

12 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as little as 1 year. Explore program requirements


Rolling admissions. Begin program in fall, spring, or summer. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Elevate your career and bring knowledge to tourism policy and planning, which is helpful for roles in government, marketing, destination management, or non profit organizations.
  • Make progress toward a degree: Apply course credits from your certificate toward a current or future USM bachelor’s degree.
  • Take advantage of our program schedule which is designed for working adults.
  • Gain real-world experience through internships, capstone projects, travel classes, and community projects with industry partners.
  • Learn from internationally recognized faculty with extensive experience in hospitality and sustainable tourism management.
  • Build community and grow professionally by joining the Eta Sigma Delta, International Hospitality Management Society.
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Program requirements

A Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning provides training in the theory and practice of economic development. Our curriculum explores community and regional perspectives, and prepares students to work in government and non-government roles.

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Internationally recognized faculty

Our faculty bring up-to-the-day knowledge and extensive experience into the classroom. They are regularly invited to present their work on sustainable tourism management at national and international conferences and publish in journals and books.

Next steps

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