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MMS - Tourism Management as a main subject

Tourism Management is available as a postgraduate subject only.

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

Tourism is one of the world's largest industries and significantly impacts New Zealand's economy – we need experts to steer that growth.

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Key information

Years: 1 to 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Start Dates: February (Semester A) and July (Semester B)
Fees (Domestic): $7,744 (120 pts) or $11,616 (180 pts) - 2019 fees
Fees (International): $29,370 (120 pts); $44,055 (180 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental planner
  • Government policy advisor
  • Hotel and resort manager
  • Outdoor leisure manager
  • Regional or national tourism planner
  • Tourism operations manager
  • Events planner
  • Gaming management
  • Restaurant manager

Degree Planner

Degree planner — MMS in Strategic Management - 180 points total

Your MMS must include at least 120 points in your specialist subject. You may take up to 60 points outside the field of the degree.

Outside field of degree (30 to 60 points)

in any subject at 500 Level (up to 30 points)

  • Field of study
  • Compulsory papers
  • Explanatory note
  • Elective papers

Please note: Admission to each paper requires the approval of the Subject Convenor. In some cases, you may be asked to complete some prerequisite papers.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Prescriptions for the MMS

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the MMS.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581, THMGT502, and two of THMGT503, THMGT590, THMGT591, THMGT592, THMGT593, THMGT594. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY515Ethnographic Research20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an in depth introduction to ethnographic research, including its ethical, theoretical, and methodical components.
DIGIB555Digital Business Management20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
A focus on the successful management of digital business applications based on rapidly evolving technologies; from business case to competitive impact.
STMGT503Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice20A (Hamilton)
Entrepreneurship and new venture creation provide a major impetus for economic growth and development. This paper introduces the key issues and questions relating to the theoretical perspectives on entrepreneurship.
THMGT502Tourism Development and the Environment20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to learn about the tourism industry, and to appreciate the different management issues from a tourism perspective.
THMGT503Hotel and Resort Management20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an awareness of the essential issues involved in the management and operations specific to hotels and resorts. The paper covers definitions, history and the hotel and resort industry; resort planning and development; lodging and resort management and operations.
THMGT591Tourism Management Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
THMGT592Tourism Management Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
THMGT593Tourism Management Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
THMGT594Tourism Management Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Tourism Management

The completion requirements for the MMS are dependent on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details. However all students must:

Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)

Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area

Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).

Meet the specific requirements for Tourism Management.

You must include (unless previously passed):

TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment

All students may choose any additional papers required from:

TOMG503 Hotel and Resort Management

TOMG518 Tourism and Hospitality Human Capital Management

TOMG519 Tourist Behaviour and Markets

TOMG590 Directed Study

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Graduate Convenor for Tourism Management:

Professor Chris Ryan, email


Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Associate Professor Asad MohsinUndergraduate/Postgraduate Convenor for Tourism and Hospitality Management

Professor Chris Ryan
Postgraduate Convenor for Tourism Management