Green LeafThis degree program prepares students to enter diverse professions in hospitality management, tourism management, and events management. Courses and field experiences equip students with knowledge and skills in managing visitor experiences for the benefit of the traveler, host, community and supporting industry. Graduates are employed in commercial, private, and public agencies, within a wide variety of geographic settings. A Tourism and Events Management Minor is available, and has the option of being completed fully online.

This is a Green Leaf Program.

Policies

For all policies regarding undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies

Banner Code: E1-BS-TEM

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Information Technology3
Quantitative Reasoning:
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
Literature3
Arts3
Western Civilization/World History3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Women and Tourism (Mason Core) (recommended course) 1
Global Understanding3
Global Understanding through Travel and Tourism (Mason Core) (recommended course) 1
Natural Science7
Synthesis/Capstone 2
Total Credits37
1

May not be used to satisfy both degree and Mason Core requirements.

2

Fulfilled by TOUR 490 Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Internship (Mason Core), listed in professional sequence requirements.

Professional Sequence

PRLS 310Program Planning and Evaluation3
PRLS 410Administration of SRT Organizations I3
PRLS 460Sport and Recreation Law3
SRST 450Research Methods (Satisfies the university Writing Intensive requirement)3
TOUR 110Professionalism and Civility1
TOUR 200Introduction to Tourism Management3
TOUR 220Introduction to Event Management3
TOUR 230Introduction to Hospitality Management3
TOUR 241Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Practicum3
TOUR 340Sustainable Tourism3
TOUR 412Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Marketing3
TOUR 414Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Finance3
TOUR 470Career Preparation1
TOUR 490Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Internship (Mason Core)12
Total Credits47

Concentration in Events Management (EVNM)

Select eight courses (24 credits) from the following:24
Wedding Planning
Hospitality Tourism and Events Management Accounting
Event Implementation and Evaluation
Event Technology
Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Revenue Management
Hospitality Management Information Systems
Resort Management
Cruise Ship Management
Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Cultural and Environmental Interpretation
Hospitality Sales
Tourism Planning/Policy
Meetings and Conventions
Hospitality Human Resources Management
Special Topics
Independent Study (with department approval)
Total Credits24

Concentration in Hospitality Management (HPTM)

Select eight courses (24 credits) from the following:24
Wedding Planning
Hospitality Tourism and Events Management Accounting
Hotel Management
Food and Beverage Management
Event Technology
Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Revenue Management
Hospitality Management Information Systems
Resort Management
Cruise Ship Management
Hospitality Sales
Meetings and Conventions
Hospitality Human Resources Management
Hospitality Facilities Operations
Special Topics
Independent Study (with department approval)
Total Credits24

Concentration in Tourism Management (TRSM)

Select eight courses (24 credits) from the following:24
Hospitality Tourism and Events Management Accounting
Women and Tourism (Mason Core) 1
Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Revenue Management
Hospitality Management Information Systems
Resort Management
Cruise Ship Management
Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Cultural and Environmental Interpretation
Hospitality Sales
Tourism Planning/Policy
Meetings and Conventions
Hospitality Human Resources Management
Special Topics
Independent Study (with department approval)
Total Credits24
1

May not be used to satisfy both degree and Mason Core requirements.

Electives

Select an additional 12 credits.12
Total Credits12

Bachelor's Degree (Green Leaf)/Environmental Science and Policy, Accelerated MS

Overview

This degree option allows highly qualified George Mason University students to earn an Environmental Science and Policy, MS in less time than if they had first graduated with an environmentally-focused Green Leaf-designated BA or BS degree and then applied to the MS program sequentially.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students with an overall GPA of at least 3.20 who are pursuing any Green Leaf-designated major or minor may apply for provisional acceptance into this accelerated master's program after completing two semesters of chemistry (including CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (Mason Core) and CHEM 212 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)) and three semesters of biology, including a course in ecology, or the equivalent, for example:

Select one of the following options:13
Option 1:
Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)
Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
Option 2:
Environmental Biology: Molecules and Cells
Environmental Science: Biological Diversity and Ecosystems
Environmental Science: Biomes and Human Dimensions
Environmental Microbiology Essentials
Environmental Microbiology Essentials Laboratory
Option 3:
Conservation Theory
Applied Conservation
6 credits of 6 credits of BIOL or CONS electives
Option 4:
Ecology and Conservation Theory
Biodiversity Monitoring
BIOL or CONS electives

By the beginning of the undergraduate's senior year, they should first submit a Graduate Application for Accelerated Master's Program form (obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs). Secondly, in their senior year accelerated master's students must complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in a Green Leaf-designated program, in the semester indicated in the application, they must additionally submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form (found on the Office of the University Registrar website) and will subsequently be admitted into graduate status.

By at least the beginning of their senior year, they should seek out a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy who is willing to serve as their advisor (unless the student is planning to enroll in the MS concentration in Environmental Management). This advisor will aid the student in choosing the appropriate graduate courses to take and help to prepare the student for graduate studies. Admission into a research-oriented master's concentration is dependent upon securing the agreement of a faculty advisor. Faculty from a variety of departments and colleges at George Mason (called "program faculty") can serve as master's advisors. Potential students are encouraged to speak with the graduate program coordinator in the department to obtain guidance on this issue.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at Mason must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Graduate Admission Policies section of this catalog, excluding the GRE exam requirement (which is not required for those enrolled in the accelerated program). This includes three letters of recommendation (at least one from a former professor or someone with a PhD), a recent resume, a statement of interest/research goals and interests (including information on the candidate's proposed MS research), and a letter from their advisor stating that the advisor agrees to take on the candidate as an MS student, how the candidate would be a good fit for them and why candidate's research topic would be suitable (please note that a letter of endorsement from an advisor not necessary for candidates taking the Environmental Management concentration).

For information specific to the accelerated Environmental Science and Policy, MS, see Graduate Admissions on the department's website.

Reserve Graduate Credits

Students admitted to this program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 6 credits of appropriate environmentally-focused graduate coursework may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree. If students earn at least a 3.00 GPA in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and must then complete an additional 27-31 credits to receive the master's degree. 

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form found on the Office of the University Registrar website (as noted above).

Students may take up to 6 additional environmentally-focused graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree but will reduce the subsequent master's degree credits accordingly (e.g., with 6 credits counted towards undergraduate degree plus the maximum 6 reserve credits, an MS could be completed with 21 post-bachelor's credits). The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department.