SDSU's Sustainable Tourism Management Certificate is available through the Semester at SDSU program.

Tourism is the world's largest industry and is expected to generate $7.5 trillion dollars by 2020 (World Tourism Organization). Tourism is a challenging and innovative business that offers students a world full of exciting career opportunities.

From eco-adventures to cultural travel, the emerging field of sustainable tourism applies a triple-bottom-line approach to hospitality and tourism management to account for the interactions between economic, environmental, and social components of the industry. SDSU's Certificate in Sustainable Tourism trains new leaders in this growing field. Students in this interdisciplinary program will learn the tools they need to plan and manage a sustainable tourism business.

This program prepares you to succeed in one of the world's fastest growing industries. Tourism is a challenging and innovative business that offers students a world of exciting career opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Tourism Impact
    This certificate examines the economic, environmental, and social impact of the hospitality and tourism industry.

  • Official Transcript
    Credits earned are listed on an official SDSU transcript and may be transferable to other universities.

Level I Certificate – 12 units
(one semester – available fall or spring)
RTM 305 – Wilderness and Leisure Experience
RTM 404 – Cross-cultural Perspectives of Tourism
RTM 470 – Global Travel and Tourism Management
RTM 284 – Supervised Fieldwork

Level II Certificate – 12 units
(available spring only, Prerequisite – successful completion of the Level I Certificate)
RTM 477 – Tourism Planning (only offered during spring semester at this time)
RTM 487 – Environmental and Cultural Interpretation
RTM 498 – Internship in Recreation and Tourism Management (may be taken for 6–12 units)

For course descriptions and class schedules, please visit Please be aware not all courses are offered every semester.

Students must receive a C or higher in each course to receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Please note that the Global Campus cannot guarantee participation in specific university courses. Students enroll in classes on a space-available basis.

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Semester at SDSU Sustainable Tourism Management Certificate

Number of weeks


Hours of instruction

Varies according to course enrollment. Minimum 12 units undergraduate/9 units graduate


TOEFL 61, IELTS 5.5, or Duolinguo 90. Proof of English proficiency is required with application. For Duolingo, please have your test score sent to "San Diego State University - Global Campus". Other acceptable English proficiency can be found HERE.

Dates and Costs

See Semester at SDSU Calendar & Fees (All prices and dates are subject to change.)