School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Tourism and Events Management

The mission of the Tourism and Events Management (TEM) degree program is to advance interdisciplinary study that promotes ethical leadership, prepares career-ready graduates, and builds collaborative relationships via innovative instructional modes specific to tourism, events, and hospitality management.

World-class faculty and dedicated students from diverse backgrounds engage in learning, service, and research activities to build a firm foundation leading to successful careers in a variety of settings.

Our program in Northern Virginia and the capital region affords ideal opportunities for unique fieldwork experiences, career networking, and outstanding guest instruction. Students pursuing the BS in Tourism and Events Management can specialize in one of three concentrations:

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the degree and one of our three concentrations (Hospitality, Tourism, or Events Management), students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, writing and verbal communication skills that illustrate a comprehensive understanding of theoretical issues pertaining to the historical, cultural, social, business and philosophical bases of hospitality, tourism and events management at local, regional, national and international levels.
  • Perform and manage duties effectively that meet the needs of employers in hospitality, tourism and events management agencies as illustrated through the successful completion of on-site field experiences.
  • Demonstrate research skills including problem identification, literature review, hypothesis creation, questionnaire development, data collection procedures, basic statistical analysis, interpretation of findings, report writing and application of findings to theory and practice.
  • Identify the principles of sustainable hospitality, tourism and events management and demonstrate knowledge of sustainable practices in applied business settings.
  • Design, plan, market and implement hospitality, tourism and events management programs that are needs-based, promote quality of life and instill a heightened sense of community within diverse demographic groups, including those with specialized needs.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of legal and applied problem-solving issues as related to accident causation and prevention, risk management, negligence, human resources and labor relations at hospitality, tourism and events management sites.
  • Perform and manage entry-level finance and budgeting skills with recognition of the performance metrics and socioeconomic conditions that are unique to hospitality, tourism and events management agencies, clients and programs.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication and technology skills that are indicative of global understanding, leadership trajectory, ethical awareness, professionalism and civility.