The Graduate Program

Graduate students affiliated with the Centre for Tourism Policy and Research follow a set of multi-disciplinary courses offered in the School of Resource andEnvironmental Managements highly respected Masters (MRM) and /or Ph.D. programs. Depending on the courses completed, Masters students can also qualify for a special planning designation (MRM-Planning) which qualifies them for provisional membership in the BC and Canadian Institute of Planners.

At the Masters level, there is an expectation that students will develop a well-rounded understanding of the multi and interdisciplinary aspects of tourism and recreation management. These perspectives are gained through a combination of:
    1. Specified compulsory foundational courses
    2. Individually focused electives
    3. Major research project

*  In some cases specialized courses from other universities in Western Canada can be blended into the elective options in order to further tailor the program to each students needs.

Foundation Courses
The foundational courses deal critical topics such as the biological dynamics of natural resources, or the institutional, social, economic or public policy aspects of their management. The emphasis is on not simply identifying and describing resource and environmental problems, but more understanding the causes and designing acceptable solutions to these challenges.

The elective courses provide opportunities to learn more about the range of approaches that can be used to use examine and confront natural and in some cases cultural resource development issues. Many of these approaches can be applied in tourism and recreation contexts. Topics discussed include the application of methods such as:
    • Cost-benefit analysis
    • Simulation modeling
    • Legal and institutional assessment frameworks
    • Social surveys

Research Project
The major research paper component of the program focuses on tourism and /or recreation resource development. Typically, individual student topics are arranged on a collaborative basis between the graduate researcher and the senior research advisor. Often the research addresses topics identified by tourism and /or recreation managers working on emerging or persistent problems at local, national, and international scales. In such cases the research topic and subsequent guidance of the project is done in collaboration with the organization that might use the results for policy, planning or management purposes.

At the doctoral level students pursue a high-level inter-disciplinary education and research topics related to their specific area of tourism and /or recreation that relates to natural resources and environmental management. Specific research and supervision related to specific themes of interest to the Centres mission and individual facutly members is provided.