Do you love to travel, plan events, and/or have a natural tendency for hospitality?
A multi-trillion dollar industry, supporting 1 in 10 jobs worldwide; that is over
322 million jobs and growing by about 5% every year! According to the World Travel
and Tourism Council, by 2028, Travel & Tourism is forecasted to support 413,556,000
jobs (11.6% of total employment), a steady increase in employment opportunities each
year. The Tourism and Hospitality Management major at Middle Tennessee State University
offers three specialization areas: Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, and Event Planning. A minor in Business Administration or Entrepreneurship from the AACSB accredited
College of Business is required for this degree, which equips you with business management
knowledge and skills to be ready for the managerial positions.
Working closely with industry partners in Nashville, Tennessee, and around the world,
we ensure our graduates enter tourism and hospitality industry with the skills, knowledge
and experience needed to be successful in their careers. The THM degree provides career
opportunities that range from travel and tourism, to hotel and resorts, to conference
and wedding planning….and everything in between.
Graduate’s experience “doing what she loves” helps land jobs in wine tourism and global
Brooke Culver graduated from the Leisure, Sport and Tourism Studies program in 2018,
and says her time in the program was incredibly valuable in setting her up for career
success, allowing her to get hands-on experience across the world doing what she loves.
Through an eco-tourism study abroad trip to New Zealand and a field study with Hilton
hotels where she visited destinations like Spain, France, Italy and Hawaii, she was
able to travel the world, experience new cultures, and get valuable work experience
that she felt gave her an edge moving into the workforce. After getting her undergraduate
degree, Culver worked in the wine tourism industry at Tennessee-famed Arrington Vineyards
and currently works for a property management firm in Nashville while studying to
get her master’s degree in Leisure and Sport Management.
MTSU announces new Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree Program
"Out of the Blue" with Nicky Wu, Tourism, Hospitality Management (April 2019)
Tourism and Hospitality Management is a multi-trillion-dollar industry that employs
over 5 million people in the United States and supports about 313 million jobs internationally.
Utilizing experiential learning and corporate connections in Nashville, TN, and surrounding
communities, the Tourism and Hospitality (THM) major provides hands-on experience
with unique professional exposure. The THM degree prepares students for a wide variety
of careers such as travel and tourism services, food and beverage services, entertainment,
concerts and festivals, travel transportation, hotel and resort industries, cruise
industry, events and attractions, corporate travel, and event planning.
Tourism and Hospitality Management
- Airlines/Transportation Managers
- Casino Superintendents
- Chambers of Commerce Administrator
- Convention and Conference Planner
- Cruise Ship Director
- Hotel Management
- Infrastructure and Facility Management
- Meeting and Convention Planner
- Recreation and vacation directors
- Resort and Spa Management
- Restaurant Management
- Special Events Planner
- Theme or Amusement Park Management
- Tourism Planning and Development
- Tour Guide/Operator
- Travel and Tourism Management
- Travel Agent/Counselor
- Travel and Tourism Research and Education
- Wedding and Venue Manager
- Winery Sales and Service Manager
Employers of MTSU alumni include
- Embassy Suites
- Events by Riana
- InterContinental (Holiday Inn)
- Winery or Distillery
Tourism and Hospitality Management is a major leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
degree with a general core. Students may choose courses to specialize in one of three areas: tourism, hospitality, and event planning. Click here to see the upper division form. The THM degree requires a minor in Business
Administration or Entrepreneurship.
The department also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Leisure and Sport Management and two concentrations from which to choose: Recreation and Leisure Services and
Sport Industry. A Ph.D. is available in Human Performance within which one can specialize in leisure and sport management.
Other specializations under the Ph.D. in Human Performance are exercise science, health, leisure and sport management, and physical education.
Please view the Academic Map for more information on program requirements.