Welcome to the Master of Tourism program

The Monash Graduate Tourism Program offers students the choice of two master’s: Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management or Master of Tourism.

Designed to prepare you for an international career in tourism management, the Graduate Tourism Program will equip you with skills and expertise in domestic and international marketing, environmental studies, information technology, cultural heritage studies and development, special events, and planning.

The Master of Tourism is Australia’s leading, longest-running and most innovative industry-focused specialist postgraduate tourism program, and has been designed to prepare you for careers within the tourism industry or in government agencies concerned with sustainability, planning and the environment.

The course provides students with in-depth understanding of tourism development theory and practice. It facilitates the development of skills and techniques to develop tourism policies and practices in a global setting and to manage tourism and small and medium enterprise development in the direction of more sustainable practice.

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International relevance and practical experience

As a student in Monash’s Graduate Tourism program, you will have the opportunity to engage with the industry and participate in study tours and field schools both in Australia and overseas.

Experiential Learning, International Field Schools

The program includes regular industry presentations from senior industry executives and site visits to destinations within Melbourne, regional Victoria and other Australian destinations, including Sydney.

In keeping with the course’s strong focus on emerging economies, you will also have the opportunity to attend an international field school in an emerging economy such as Fiji or Vietnam.

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Research-led Teaching

As a postgraduate student in the tourism program, you will have the opportunity to be taught by academic staff members who are widely regarded as research pioneers in the field of high-yield, independent travel/backpacker travel and the associated impacts on urban tourism and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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International Industry Internship Program

Our program has excellent international networks and partners and you may wish to participate in an international student exchange semester at one of our prestigious partner universities in Sweden, Estonia or Latvia.

High-achieving students will be invited to apply for an international internship program in Estonia via the Estonian Business School (EBS).

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All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.

Study programs

Graduate Tourism students can study one of the following programs:

Master of Tourism

This is a broad-based, long-running, multidisciplinary course with strong international and industry links, specifically designed to equip students with the skills required to develop a career in the tourism (or an associated) industry. In the 21st century, the ‘international tourism industry’ can more accurately be described as the global movement of people for a variety of motivations. As the industry continues to expand, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is forecasting that the growth rate for emerging economies will be double the rate of advanced economies to 2030.

Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management

The Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management course draws on best practices within the broad realm of the tourism industry, policy governance and research, to develop a critical understanding of the relationships between tourism and sustainable development with a particular emphasis on emerging economies and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises within them. Students take similar core units to the Master of Tourism students, however it is compulsory that you complete a minimum of 12 points of electives from the fields of Sustainability or International Development.

How to study

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72 points – Accelerated Professional Program (one year intensive)

Students with a related undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience can complete the Master of Tourism in this accelerated one year full time coursework program from March to December.

This professional program is specifically suited for students with an industry background who wish to take a limited time out of the workforce.

Course map:

March to early May:

  • Core unit APG5389 Tourism Industry and Marketing (March – April) explores the structure of the global industry with an emphasis on analysing the key driving forces stimulating growth. In addition, the unit addresses the role of destinations and individual companies in stimulating demand through marketing. (This unit includes a university subsidised industry study tour to Sydney*.)


May to June:

  • Core unit APG5717 Applied Industry Research and Practice introduces existing secondary research resources in tourism and the processes of managing and conducting primary research from project conception to completion.



  • Elective unit APG5555 Digital Tourism Economy in intensive mode. This unit looks at the impact the rise of the digital economy is having on the global tourism industry. Topics include, social media marketing, big data analysis, virtual reality tourism and the impact of digital business models on industry disruption.


August to September:

  • Core unit APG5720 Cultural Tourism and Events Management explores the use of history and culture in the creation of unique tourism products and the increasingly important role played by special events such as festivals, exhibitions and sporting events in destination development. (In 2018 this unit includes a university subsidised industry study tour to Tasmania*.)


Mid-September to mid-November:

  • Core unit APG5609 Sustainable Tourism Development and Planning explores the supply side of the tourism industry including the role of tourism infrastructure, transport, planning and visitor management for sustainable tourism development. (This unit includes a university subsidised industry study tour to a regional destination outside Melbourne*.)


November to December:

  • Capstone unit APG5390 Contemporary Tourism and Development in Emerging Economies in intensive mode (Monash Abroad Travel Scholarship available) examines the dynamic internal and external factors that influence destination development and the role of the tourism industry in regional economic growth. (This unit includes on-campus seminars at Caulfield and a university subsidised industry field school to an emerging destination such as Fiji*. Your final paper will be due in January.You can hear a past student discuss his experience taking this unit in this short video below

More Information

Contact  the course director, Jeff Jarvis: jeff.jarvis@monash.edu .

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See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What our alumni think

Our graduates have found employment in government and private sector tourism organisations or have become young entrepreneurs establishing their own firms both in Australia and internationally.

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Introducing your tourism academic staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

Dr Jeff Jarvis

Dr Jeff Jarvis has extensive research and consultancy experience in tourism development, and has undertaken research projects in association with professional tourism organisations in Australia, Sweden, Vietnam, Cambodia Fiji, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Kenya and Spain

Dr Vicki Peel

Dr Vicki Peel has significant research experience in association with industry partners such as Tourism Australia, Tourism Victoria, City of Melbourne, Tourism Mildura, Parks Victoria, Local Government bodies, including the Victorian Goldfields region, and the National Trust.

Joseph Cheer

Joseph Cheer is currently Associate Director of the Australia & International Tourism Research Unit and his current focus is on tourism and sustainable livelihoods in the South Pacific region. Prior to joining Monash, Joseph worked in the international development field in the South Pacific as part of a tourism industry capacity building and training project funded by AusAID.