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Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management

VIU International, Canada

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Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 10,191

Course Accredited By

NA

  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Are you ready to explore and develop solutions that ensure travelers and residents alike are able to enjoy recreational and leisure pursuits with sustainability as a focus?

The Masters of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management program is offered at VIU’s Nanaimo campus on beautiful Vancouver Island – in a region of Canada that is noted for leisure and tourism opportunities. This two-year program delivers a non-traditional approach to studies in ecotourism and innovative leisure practices, with courses that combine field experience and classroom instruction, all within a global context. Leisure studies and sustainability studies engage students with experiential learning opportunities, delivered by expert faculty who are leaders in their field.

Graduates of the Sustainable Tourism Master's degree program find employment opportunities as sustainability officers, analysts and directors, working in government, private sectors, and consultant firms.

This program places graduates at the intersection of two growing, exciting, and globally significant areas of theory and practice: leisure and sustainability. The program prepares emerging leaders to examine and create solutions which ensure that residents and travelers alike can enjoy recreational experiences, natural and cultural amenities, heritage resources, and adventure as part of their life experiences on a sustainable basis. Students will engage in coursework delivered in a non–traditional, international educational setting where the instructional approach draws upon field experience, classroom instruction, and experiential styles of learning. Two integrated instructional streams are central to the program focus: 1) a set of principles and practices underlying leisure and sustainability; and, 2) an integrated set of research capabilities, innovation, and knowledge mobilization skills necessary to ensure that new knowledge can be effectively transformed into impact. There is also a required thesis component wherein students will demonstrate a mastery of knowledge mobilization approaches (including, but not limited to, research skills).

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • An undergraduate degree from an appropriately accredited university.
  • A minimum average of "B" calculated in the last two years of the undergraduate degree, with a review of the entire degree.
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs.

Acceptance and satisfactory review of the following items by the Faculty Admissions Committee:

  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference accompanied by three completed referee forms (preferably two academic referees and one professional (Domestic applicants, International applicants).

A comprehensive statement addressing each of the following areas:

  • Areas of research interest (i.e. parks, festivals, resorts, tourism, etc.
  • Statement of career interest
  • Summary of relevant preparation (i.e. career and academic).
  • Interview. Applicants may be interviewed either in person or by remote teleconferencing.

Year 1 – Spring Semester

  • Knowledge Creation & Mobilization 1
  • Knowledge Creation & Mobilization II
  • Field Experience

Year 2 – Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Thesis

Year 2 – Intersession

  • Extended Research

Year 1 – Spring Semester

  • Knowledge Creation & Mobilization 1
  • Knowledge Creation & Mobilization II
  • Field Experience

Year 2 – Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Thesis

Year 2 – Intersession

  • Extended Research

     
  • Domestic Students Amount Tuition 14,018.44 Field Trip Fee 957.24
  •  Student Activity fee (33 credits x $9.41 per credit) 310.53 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (17 months x $20.90 per month) 355.30 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 550.00 
  • Textbooks and supplies (approximate cost) 1,100.00 
  • Total 17,291.51

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