Master of Sustainable Tourism Management

CQUniversity Australia
Program overview
2-4 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
14,610 AUD
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14,610 AUD
Inquire for more information

14,610 AUD
Inquire for more information

14,610 AUD
Inquire for more information
CQUniversity Australia

About this program

Master of Sustainable Tourism Management

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries. The enormous scale of this industry, however, comes at a price in terms of its environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts. In the past, tourism planning and promotion has mainly focused on growth and expansion; however there is now a greater awareness of the negative impacts that unplanned growth and its linked stresses can have on the environment, society and economy. There is a need for tourism managers to be aware of, and proactive in, the use of sustainability concepts and better planning. The Master of Sustainable Tourism Management provides you with an advanced understanding of sustainable tourism practices that are in place worldwide. The course offers a broad range of core units as well as the opportunity to choose tourism or business related electives.

AQF Level: Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission requirements

  • IELTS Academic: 6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based: Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46
  • a completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent; or
  • a completed honours degree in tourism management from an Australian university or college, or equivalent; or
  • graduates of a CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management or Graduate Certificate in Management, or equivalent, may enrol in this course.

International students should visit the university website for further information including English language requirements.

Advanced Standing (Credit for Prior Learning):

  • Applicants may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 24 credit points (4 units) may be granted for previously completed AQF 7 undergraduate studies in tourism management or business.
  • Applicants may be eligible for exemptions of up to 48 credit points (8 units) for previously completed AQF 8 Honours or postgraduate qualifications in tourism management.

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Program content

Compulsory units:

  • Management and Business Context
  • Effective Business Communications
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Marketing Management and Digital Communications
  • Introduction to Sustainable Tourism
  • Managing Sustainable Tourism Businesses
  • Managing Tourism in Natural and Protected Areas
  • Tourism Impacts on Community, Culture and Heritage
  • Destination Planning and Management
  • Tourism as a Strategy for Sustainable Development
  • Social Media and Innovative Methods in Tourism Marketing
  • Climate Change and Managing Tourism Risk
  • Research in Business
  • Professional Project


  • Business Internship
  • Business Research Project
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Management Law
  • Innovation and Sustainable Business Development
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Business and Management in the Asian Context
  • Design Thinking for Managers
  • Think Big
  • Service Industry Marketing
  • Global Marketing

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a range of scholarships to support international students and encourages you to apply for one that's right for you. For more information about the scholarships, please visit the university website.


This program costs 14 610 AUD per term.


Interim and exit awards:

CH76 - Graduate Certificate in Management CH77 - Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management



Core learning outcomes:

  1. Apply a systematic understanding of the concepts and outcomes of the triple bottom line approach to sustainability in tourism settings
  2. Identify, research and analyse complex issues in tourism management and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions that take into account economic and environmental issues as well as the social, ethical and cultural implications of their decisions in a tourism management context
  3. Apply critical research skills that include problem definition, collection and evaluation of evidence and communicating outcomes
  4. Communicate complex management ideas in writing and communicate these ideas through written, oral and media platforms and provide insights into significant problems in various tourism settings
  5. Collaborate responsibly with various teams, exercising leadership and initiative where appropriate
  6. Operate at a high level of personal autonomy and ethical, legal, social and civic responsibility in the contexts of sustainable tourism practice.

Career paths

Graduates of this course will increase their opportunities of being employed in middle or top management positions within the tourism industry, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and other organisations with a focus on sustainability.

About this institute

CQUniversity Australia

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CQUniversity Australia

554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD


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