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Global Tourism Graduate Certificate

About the Program

The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality (STHM) Global Tourism Graduate Certificate is for individuals who want to transform a passion for travel into a gratifying career in the dynamic, trillion-dollar tourism industry.


The 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Tourism is ideal for those who want to turn a passion for travel into a career by learning more about the ever-evolving, diversified global tourism industry. For individuals that want to take their development beyond the certificate, credits earned from this certificate program count towards the Master of Science in Travel and Tourism (where a grade of B or better is received).

Understanding Tourism in the 21st Century | 3 credits
This course will introduce students to topics such as leisure theory, travelers’ motivations and decision making, the production of tourism and tourism places, globalization of tourism, social theories of tourist practice and experience, tourism policy, planning and governance, and critical perspectives on tourism. Reading from both the current literature and from classic contributions to the literature will be stressed.
Cultural Intelligence | 3 credits
The global tourism and travel industry is experiencing extraordinary growth, with more people traveling internationally than ever before. Furthermore, with advancements in technology and travel, more destinations are open and available for potential tourists. While this bodes well for the travel and tourism industry, the current scenario presents the unique challenge of cross cultural interaction among employees of the travel and tourism industry as well as with guests of foreign cultures. In the increasingly globalized world of travel and tourism, having a high level of cultural intelligence (CQ) is required to deal with the challenge of constant cross-cultural interactions and organizational work.

This course will focus on the concept of CQ, and provide students with both a theoretical background of this concept, as well as practical approaches to using this concept within the travel and tourism industry. It will begin by exploring the concept of culture and how culture is developed and passed on. Following work on culture, students will engage with Hofstede’s cultural dimensions to understand how cultural differences affect behavior within the travel and tourism industry. After developing this foundational knowledge, the class will explore the concept of CQ. Students will gain an understanding of the CQ construct and the four underlying components of cognition, metacognition, motivation and behavior that make up CQ. Students will learn how CQ is different from other similar forms of intelligence such as social and emotional intelligence. The class will conclude by focusing on strategies for increasing CQ, as well as looking at various case studies on how to measure CQ and the benefits of having a high level of CQ for working in the globalized world of travel and tourism.

Tourism Economics and Policy | 3 credits
This course focuses on the role that economics and policy play within the tourism industry. The course will focus on specific economic and policy theories that are essential for the tourism industry. Topics include an in-depth study of the theory of tourism demand and supply, using a cost-benefit analysis, tax policy impacts, tourism valuation, economic analysis in management, and marketing and policy decisions. The course provides students an environment to become proficient in collecting and understanding economic data and models, determining the value of recreational resources, and analyzing tourism related projects across the private, public and voluntary sectors of the tourism industry.


Tuition Rates
$956 per credit hour Total credits: 9
Each year, tuition rates for the subsequent academic year are announced by the Board of Trustees. Rate changes will be posted when official announcements are made in June. Temple University is a state-related institution; therefore, there are different tuition rates for Pennsylvania state residents and out-of-state residents. Students make tuition payments to Temple University at the beginning of each semester. Financial aid does not apply to graduate certificate programs. For tuition information, see current tuition and fee information on Temple University's Bursars Office website.

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree is required for all graduate certificates.
  • Students must also meet at least one of the following:
    • 3.00 or greater cumulative GPA for all prior college-level coursework
    • 5+ years of professional work experience

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following:
  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions at which coursework was attempted and/or completed
  • Statement of Interest
  • GRE/GMAT (Optional)

International Student Application Requirements

International applicants are encouraged to review the Temple University prospective international student application guide and requirements. Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

If you don't meet our language requirements, check out our English+ global tourism certificate program.

Temple University’s International Student and Scholar Services offers an array of services and is committed to providing exemplary support to Temple University’s international students, scholars and researchers. Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website to learn more about their services.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadlines

  • June 30 – Final Application Deadline

Spring Deadlines

  • November 1 – Final Application Deadline
Applications are processed as they are received. Late applications may be considered for admission. Allow at least 1 week for review

Apply Now

Continue your education at your own pace and enhance your resume with a graduate certificate from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Use the form below to start your application. Should you have any questions about our graduate certificate admissions process, please email Apply Now

Contact Us

For questions about the application process, the program or to schedule a personalized consultation with a member of the enrollment team, please reach out to: Michelle Siporin Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment