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MSc Tourism and Hospitality

Future You will go beyond.

Lang's MSc in Tourism & Hospitality Management examines the economic, cultural and social principles that will shape tomorrow’s tourism and hospitality industry.

You’ll develop a critical understanding of how research and knowledge are used to better understand the hospitality and tourism industry and the complexities of its management. You will graduate with practical knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied to your career to make informed recommendations for your employer, or customer. This program is ideal for preparing students who wish to continue their research at the PhD level in tourism, hospitality and the wider service/hospitality industry.

Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
24 months
Program length
Top 6%
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Every September
Program start date
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MSc Tourism and Hospitality program at a glance:

  • Program length: 24 months 
  • Program start date: Every September
  • Program delivery: On-campus 
  • Application deadline: occurs in January

The focus of this two-year program is to develop a thorough understanding of the leading theories that underpin the multi-disciplinary nature of tourism and hospitality. The program consists of six taught graduate courses, three of which are core/compulsory and three are ‘restricted electives’, plus the thesis proposal and defence.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • A four-year honours Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) with at least a B+ average (77-79%) or 2nd class standing from a recognized post-secondary institution;
    • International applicants should use this guide to compare their academic credentials and determine the grade equivalency needed.
  • 2 references, with an option for a third reference. Our preference is for academic references, but professional ones may be substituted if appropriate;
  • The GMAT or GRE is a requirement for all applicants. The preferred scores are 550 (GMAT) or 55th percentile in all sections (GRE). 
    • Applications without GMAT or GRE scores will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed for admission until a score is provided.  
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English. Please note that test scores must be valid for the start of the program.
    • Applicants who completed a post-secondary degree from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand may request that this requirement be waived. This request will be reviewed by the graduate selection committee, who may ask for an interview and/or supplementary documentation in their consideration. 

Application deadlines for Fall 2025 admission:

  • January 15 -- submission of the online application form
  • February 1 -- submission of all required supporting documents

Graduates of this program pursue careers in a number of unique areas in hospitality and tourism management, including; 

  • Market research consultant
  • Government analyst
  • Destination management
  • Tourism industry analyst
  • Public sector planner
  • Continuing on to PhD studies

Students enrolled in the program receive partial funding in support of their studies through scholarships and/or Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions.

Click here for information regarding tuition of the MSc Tourism and Hospitality program.

Click here for more information about graduate student scholarships.

Are you an international student considering applying to Lang's MSc Tourism and Hospitality Studies program? The digital international student viewbook provides you with an overview of our programs, admission requirements, and supports available for international students at the University of Guelph and Lang.

View Lang's International Student Viewbook

Please refer to this guide to determine if you meet the equivalent of a four-year Honours degree with an average of 73% or higher.

Meet our students

Students in the MSc Tourism and Hospitality program are part of a community of well-rounded researchers, focused on solving complex challenges within their chosen field.

MSc Tourism and Hospitality alumna Lena Liang and professor Statia Elliot talk about the program.

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