2019-20 Catalogs

Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning

The Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning provides professional training in the theory and practice of economic development based on tourism attractions and services. While designed to meet the needs of those engaged in economic development and planning, it is open to all students, including those enrolled in the Tourism and Hospitality degree. Courses examine tourism from community and regional perspectives and prepare students to work for and with town offices, state agencies, other government and non-government entities, and businesses to develop, plan, and market tourism destinations and attractions. Case studies and projects allow students to learn from and apply their knowledge to real-world situations in Maine and beyond.

Completion of 12 credits as described below with a grade of C- or better in each course. As part of at least one of their courses in the certificate, students must complete a project that involves original research, service learning, and/or professional experience directly related to the certificate. The certificate coordinator will assist the student with selection of a project that meets the student’s personal goals and interests.

All students must complete the following course:

  • TAH 241 Sustainable Tourism Development 

Students then select three of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 300 level or higher, and one of which must include a research, service, or professional project

  • TAH 211 Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • TAH 250 Nature Tourism
  • TAH 261 Cultural Tourism
  • TAH 312 Tour Planning and Development
  • TAH 361 Local Food and Agritourism
  • TAH 432 Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning


Students may select one of the following courses in place of one elective above.

  • ESP 200 Environmental Planning
  • ESP 305 Community Planning Workshop
  • GEO 203 Urban & Regional Development
  • GEO 209 Introduction to Land Use Planning
  • GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities


Candidates for admission must submit:

  • Online application for Certificate Program;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Additional or other special admission requirements specified by program.

The application for certificate programs is available online at http://usm.maine.edu/apply. Please note, students who are enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.