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Degree Offered

Master of Science in Event Tourism - Thesis Option and Non-thesis Option

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

The M.S. in Event Tourism builds on the state's rich reputation around the attraction of events to stimulate economic development and image enhancement. Graduates will have a practical and theoretical understanding of the events and experiences created by expositions, fairs, sports, festivals, conferences, meetings, and cultural destinations. The program culminates in a thesis such that graduates are well equipped to conduct research as a means to inform and improve decision making. Graduates will be prepared for positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations related to event tourism experiences.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must demonstrate a strong desire and commitment to the field and the intellectual capacity to complete graduate work.  To be considered, applicants must have or provide:

  1. Official transcripts from a baccalaureate degree in a related area (e.g., tourism management, hospitality management, sports management, leisure studies, recreation management, business) from an accredited institution.  If a student has completed course work from any Indiana University campus, there is no need to submit a transcript.
  2. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination taken with the past five years (Note:  All students, including graduates of IUPUI Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management are required to take the G.R.E.).
  4. Three letters of recommendation that address the student's potential for academic success in a graduate program.
  5. A candidate's statement (1000 words) regarding the applicant's professional experiences, personal goals, career aspirations and how earning an M.S. degree relates to each.
  6. A completed graduate program application and payment of the non-refundable application fee.
  7. International students:  A score of 550 or above for the paper-based TOEFL, 213 or above for the computer-based TOEFL, or 79 on the IBT.

Prerequisite coursework and/or degrees:  Official transcripts from a baccalaureate degree in a related area (e.g., tourism management, hospitality management, leisure studies, recreation management, and management) from an accredited institution are required.  Students applying to the program with the required prerequisite coursework and/or experience will have to take additional undergraduate courses before being admitted into the program.  These include: TCEM 472 Global Tourism Seminar; a 300 or higher statistics course

Master of Science in Event Tourism-Thesis Option

Degree requirements for students in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management are established by the faculty of the school and may change. Students are bound by rules and regulations established by the faculty at the time of their initial matriculation as a graduate student. Every graduate student will be assigned an advisor who will help cooperatively plan their course of study depending on experiences and education objectives.

Required Courses (35 credit hours plus pre-requisites)

Foundation Courses

  • HPER-T 590 Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology and Recreation (3 cr.)
  • HPER-T 591 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • Additional Graduate Level Statistics Course (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 599 Master's Thesis (5 cr.)

Total: 14 credit hours

Emphasis Courses (First three courses listed are required)

  • TCEM 500 Foundations of Event Tourism (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 531 Event Tourism Marketing (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 562 Economics of Event Tourism (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 519 Sports Tourism Management OR TCEM 534 Cultural Tourism Management OR TCEM 571 Strategic Meeting Management (3 cr.)

Total:  12 credit hours


  • TCEM 472 Global Tourism of equivalent (required for all) (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) or equivalent

Total: 6 credit hours

Elective Recommendations: (Selected with approval of advisor)

  • SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 507 Data analysis and modeling - Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 521 Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Non-Profit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 525 Management in the Non-Profit Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Non-Profit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs (GIS) (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 558 Funding Development for Non-Profits (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 539 Management Science (3 cr.)

Total: 9 credit hours

Master of Science in Event Tourism-Sport Event Tourism-Non-Thesis Option

Foundation Courses

  • HPER-T 591 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 582 Applied Sport Event Research (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 500 Foundations of Event Tourism (3 cr.)

Emphasis Courses

  • TCEM 531 Event Tourism Marketing (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 562 Economics of Event Tourism (3 cr.)
  • TCEM 519 Sport Tourism Management (3 cr.)
  • HPER-K 511 Legal Issues in the Sport Environment (3 cr.)
  • HPER-K 514 Sport Marketing and Sponsorship (3 cr.)

Practicum Course

  • TCEM 598 Master’s Consulting Project (6 cr.)



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Associate Dean of School of P.E.T.M., Graduate Programs Coordinator

Director of T.E.C.M.

Amanda Cecil

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