St. Cloud State University

College of Social Sciences

Geography: Tourism Planning and Development


St. Cloud State UniversitySchool of Graduate Studies720 Fourth Avenue South

Stewart Hall 257

Saint Cloud, MN 56301

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. - Geography: Tourism Planning and Development.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The geography program will prepare you for a career focusing on tourism and its relationship to a place. Your classes will focus on sustainable development, eco-tourism and research as you prepare to present your findings. You’ll have the opportunity to pick electives that match your career goals where you can pick between courses in tourism development, land use, GIS, community heritage, regional and environmental planning and community development.

Program Highlights

  • Two graduate assistantship positions sponsored each year.
  • Emphasis and graduate certificate also available in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
  • Small class sizes with professors dedicated to one-on-one mentoring. 
  • Classroom leadership opportunities. 
  • Opportunity to study abroad including research opportunities in countries such as Russia and China. 
  • State-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems lab.



International Student Requirements:

In addition to submitting an application, application fee, GRE/GMAT scores if required by program, and 3 letters of recommendation, international students must also submit scores from a language admission exam and financial documentation showing proof of funds to cover the cost of graduate study. Qualifying language admission exams and required scores are as follows: TOEFL: 213 on the computer exam, 550 on the paper exam or 79 on the iBT with no subscore under 17; Michigan Placement Test: 80; IELTS: 6.5

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30-32

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 344.74 resident/538.86 non-resident USD

In State Tuition (per year): 9170 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 13829 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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