Tourism Management

Build a career or business in the exciting world of tourism.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Do you seek adventure, travel, and meeting people from all over the world? This program is designed for individuals who are either looking to begin or advance a career in the tourism sector, or start their own tourism business.

No matter what part of the tourism industry interests you, this program provides a solid foundation of skills and experiences that can open doors to great opportunities, with unlimited potential worldwide. These include working as a tour guide, event planner, winery associate, restaurant or bar manager, destination developer, managing a hotel or international resort, or working for an airline or cruise ship.

A key focus of this program is connecting you to tourism professionals (both on- and off-campus) so you learn by seeing, doing and experiencing. For instance, you may find you have class in a vineyard, a restaurant, on a hiking trail, at an industry conference, a festival or in a hotel simulation program.

This program starts by providing an overview, which enables you to explore a variety of options, and discover your strengths and interests. After your first term, you choose between concentrations in Experiential Tourism, Hotel & Restaurant Management, or Open (which is a combination of the two) to prepare for your career choice. In addition, between your first and second year, you put your skills into practice with job placements locally, across the country, or around the world, through our cooperative education (co-op) course.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"The hands-on learning in the dining room as well as the wine lab."
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    Why Take It"So many different options…hotels, experiential, outdoor guiding. "
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    Cool Activity"We got to attend the TIANS conference in Halifax for 3 days. "

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • Get real-world experience with a personal touch.
  • Learn in classrooms that are set up to simulate tourism working environments.
  • Your campus has a full-service restaurant, and you participate in many tourism activities and events.
  • Participate in project learning, event management, excursions and many other hands-on experiences.
  • Our expert faculty bring years of industry experience to the classroom and strong connections to the tourism industry.
  • Small class sizes provide one-on-one time with the faculty.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • The tourism industry is global, and a tourism diploma prepares you to work anywhere in the world. Tourism Management prepares students for front-line positions that quickly lead to management roles in all tourism sectors: accommodation, food and beverage, tourism services, transportation, and recreation and entertainment.
  • In the next decade, Nova Scotia will need thousands of new and highly skilled employees, across all tourism sectors. The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) estimates that there are over 1.6 million employees in tourism, in over 400 occupations. It is estimated that by 2030, labour shortages in the Canadian Tourism sector will expand to 228,500 jobs (CTHRC 2010).

Our Grads

  • Graduates successfully pursue careers in a variety of occupations and settings, including community and tourism development, resorts, cruise ships, restaurants, hotels, public or private food service operations, as well as nature tourism operations. They are working right here at home, and around the world.

Co-operative Education

  • The Tourism Management program includes a mandatory co-operative education (co-op) credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program – between your first and second year. Successful completion of the Co-operative Education course is required for entry into the second year of the program.
  • Your co-op placement provides an opportunity to "earn while you learn" and you may complete your paid work term with an employer locally, or even around the world.

Other Info

  • You have many opportunities to network with tourism industry partners both on and off campus. Students participate in a variety of events and meet potential employers who visit campuses as guest speakers. There is also an opportunity for involvement in the annual Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) conference.
  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation. You should be prepared for this and other physical demands. Also, if you have food allergies and sensitivities to environmental conditions, be aware that you will frequently be exposed to substances that may affect these sensitivities.
  • Seminars and Certifications – You're required to complete industry seminars and certifications, including WorldHost, Responsible Beverage Service, Basic Food Safety certificate, and Emergency First Aid and CPR – Level A (or Wilderness and Remote First Aid). Additional certifications that are specific to your chosen focus may also be required. There will be additional fees associated with most seminars/certifications.
  • Tourism Management – In addition to transfer credit for the diploma, students can also enrol in Mount Saint Vincent University tourism management courses while enrolled at NSCC.

Concentration Options

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
TOUR 1003   Employability Skills
TOUR 1015   The Business of Tourism
TOUR 1200   Food and Beverage Service
TOUR 1301   Service Excellence
TOUR 1500   Introduction to Guiding & Interpretation

Additional Graduation Requirements

Basic Food Safety Training
Emergency First Aid,CPR Level A
Serve Right, Responsible Beverage Server Training
The Five W’s of Research - Part A
The Five W’s of Research - Part B

Next Steps

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