M.B.A. in Tourism Destination Development Concentration

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Master's Degree
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Entry Requirements

Applications from non-U.S. citizens or nonpermanent residents will be processed as international.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet the graduate admission requirements as a degree-seeking applicant.

  2. Prove proficiency in the English Language by taking either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examinations. For qualifying minimum IELTS scores, refer to the Graduate School Web site (www.graduateschool.utsa.edu). Scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School. At the time the student enrolls, the test score must be less than two (2) years old. Our institution code is 6919.

     TOEFL InternetTOEFL Paper
    English Language Assessment Program (ELAP) Exempt
    Master’s Admission Qualification*
    Doctoral Admission Qualification

    *The minimum score required on the TOEFL. Individual degree programs may have higher TOEFL or IELTS requirements for their various programs. Consult the individual department Web sites for more information.

    Participation in UTSA’s English Language Assessment Program (ELAP), before registration, is required of students with TOEFL scores below 600 (paper version) or 100 (Internet based) or an IELTS score below 7. Based on this assessment, students needing additional instruction in English are required to enroll in appropriate English for International Students (EIS) courses.

    TOEFL scores may be waived for international students from countries where English is the primary language of instruction and the principal language spoken in the home; or for noncitizens of the United States earning a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States or other English-speaking countries.

    Applicants from the following countries are exempt from submitting the TOEFL or IELTS score:

    American Samoa Guyana
    Australia Ireland
    Bahamas Jamaica
    Barbados Liberia
    Belize New Zealand
    Canada (except Quebec) Sierra Leone
    Dominica Trinidad/Tobago
    Grand Cayman United Kingdom
    Grenada U.S. Pacific Trust

    IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (Cambridge ESOL) Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. For more information visit www.ets.org/toefl.

    TOEFL is an examination written by The Educational Testing Service for The College Board. For more information visit www.toefl.org.

  3. Submit a financial statement guaranteeing the ability to pay all expenses while a student at UTSA, if attendance under the F-1 (student) visa is anticipated. The statement may be sent from a parent or guardian when endorsed by a bank or other reliable institution, or from a U.S. citizen who will accept responsibility for the student’s financial needs.

  4. The application, nonrefundable application fee ($80 online), and official supporting credentials should be on file in the Graduate School by the appropriate application deadline. The nonrefundable application fee is also charged upon reapplication for admission following academic dismissal. See Application Deadlines and Fees below.

The above criteria serve as guidelines for admission for international students. The credentials of each applicant are examined on an individual basis by the Graduate School and the appropriate Graduate Program Committee, with admission granted only to those who show promise of success in graduate study at UTSA.


Students choosing to concentrate in tourism destination development must complete the 24 semester credit hours of courses containing the M.B.A. Core and an additional 12 semester credit hours of graduate tourism elective courses from the following:

MKT   5303   Destination Strategic Planning
MKT   5313   Marketing and Selling a Destination
MKT   5323   Managing a Destination Marketing Organization
MKT   5333   Economics of Tourism and Sustainable Development     
MKT   6933   Internship in a Destination Marketing Organization
MKT   6963   Independent Study in Tourism
MKT   6973   Special Problems

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