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Post–Baccalaureate Diplomas

A Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (”post bac” or PBD) is a program designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree. It is not a master’s degree, but it is more advanced than a traditional diploma. Essentially, a PBD is an alternative to a second degree. One advantage of a PBD is that it takes less time to complete versus a second degree.

The PBDs in Tourism are intended for those who are seeking to complement their undergraduate studies with an additional specialization, for career advancement, for a career change, for professional development or in the pursuit of life-long learning.

Our PBDs are currently under review with many changes and additional specializations possible as of Fall 2015.

Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas:

Admission requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from any discipline
  • English 1100 (C+ minimum) or equivalent

NOTE: ENGL 1100 is a first year English course at TRU that focused on academic writing a post-secondary level. The equivalent of this course for international applicants is:

  • IELTS 7.0 or better with no bands below 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) 100 or better with no section below 22
Post-Baccalaureate Tourism Management Diploma Student Program Plan 2014-2015

Post-Baccalaureate in Adventure Studies

Students will acquire a strong foundation in tourism related subjects including experiences marketing, cultural issues, applied research methods, product operations and risk management. Building upon this base, students will then be free to explore a broad range of related topics such as suitable activity courses like rock climbing, surfing and skiing as well as areas including programming, consulting and ecotourism.

PBD in Adventure Studies: program requirements

Program currently under review — courses and prerequisites may be subject to change.

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) = 2.0 or greater for graduation.

Tourism core — required courses (24 credits)
TMGT 1110 Introduction to Tourism
TMGT 1150 Marketing and Customer Service
TMGT 3050 Research in Tourism
ADVG 3110 Adventure Activities (Note: course has an activity fee.)
ADVG 3130 Adventure Operations
ADVG 4010 Business Applications for Eco and Adventure Tourism Management
ADVG 4020 Legal Liability and Risk Management for Eco and Adventure Businesses
ADVG 4220 The Culture of Adventure
Specialization — required course (6 credits)
Select a total of 6 credits within ADVG activity based courses (1000-2000 level). Examples include kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, ocean surfing, etc.

NOTE: Check with the Adventure Studies Department for availability and scheduling. These courses have varying attached activity fees.
Specialization — options (9 credits)
Select three of the following options:
ADVG 4030 Contemporary Perspectives in Eco and Adventure
ADVG 4040 Programming Experiential Activities
ADVG 4070 Directed Studies in Adventure
ADVG 4210 Adventure and Sport Marketing
ADVG 4230 Consulting In Adventure
Total credits — 39

Post-Baccalaureate in International Tourism Development

Students will acquire a strong foundation in international tourism development subjects including experiences marketing, environmental issues, community and cultural issues, applied research methods, and product development and innovation. Building upon this base, students will then be free to explore a broad range of international development and tourism-related topics such as sustainable development, small business management, managing service operations in a global setting, international business, community development, and applied research. Students will also gain valuable field experience with a one- or two-month assignment in an international field school.

PBD in International Tourism Development: program requirements

Program currently under review — courses and prerequisites may be subject to change

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) = 2.0 or greater for graduation.

Tourism core — required courses (21 credits)
TMGT 1110 Introduction to Tourism
TMGT 1150 Marketing and Customer Service
TMGT 3010 Community and Cultural Issues in Tourism
TMGT 3050 Research in Tourism
TMGT 4010 Experience Creation and Product Development
ADVG 4100 Adventure Tourism Field Trip (International) (Note: course has activity fees and travel costs associated with it.)
Specialization — required course (9 credits)
ADVG 4050 International Adventure Tourism Business
ADVG 4090 Nature-based Community Development
TMGT 4160 Tourism in a Global Environment
Specialization — options (9 credits)
Select three of the following options:
TMGT 2610 Environmental issues in the Tourism Industry
TMGT 3020 Tourism Policy and Planning
ADVG 4070 Directed Studies in Adventure
Total credits — 39

Post-Baccalaureate in Tourism Destination Development

Students will acquire a strong foundation in tourism studies including tourism experience marketing, environmental issues, community and cultural issues, applied research methods, and product development and innovation. Building upon this base, students will then explore tourism experience management topics such as understanding and influencing tourist behaviour, business strategy, small business management, information technology, and managing service operations in a global setting. Students will also gain valuable field experience with a two-semester consulting assignment in tourism-related organization.

PBD in Tourism Destination Development: program requirements

Program currently under review — courses and prerequisites may be subject to change

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) = 2.0 or greater for graduation.

Tourism core (21 credits)
CMNS 1810 Business, Professional and Academic Composition (or ENGL 1100)
TMGT 1110 Introduction to Tourism
TMGT 1150 Marketing and Customer Service
TMGT 2610 Environmental Issues in the Tourism Industry
TMGT 3000 Practicum in Tourism (120 hours)
TMGT 3020 Tourism Policy and Planning
TMGT 3050 Research in Tourism
Tourism electives (15 credits)
Lower elective Select a 1000-2000 level course from ADVG, EVNT, HMGT, MTST or TMGT — Suggestion: TMGT 2010 or TMGT 2060
Upper elective Select a 3000-4000 level course from ADVG, EVNT, HMGT, MTST or TMGT — Suggestion: TMGT 3030 or TMGT 4010
Theme 1: Culture Culture and Place, choose one of the following: TMGT 3010, 4090, 4100, 4220, ADVG 4220
Theme 2: Global Global Perspectives, choose one of the following: TMGT 4030, 4040, 4160, 4981, ADVG 4050, 4160
Theme 3: Experience Experience Design, choose one of the following: TMGT 4010, 4050, 4130, 4170, 4180, 4210, ADVG 4040, 4200
Specialization (18 credits)
EVNT 2190 Destination Marketing Organizations
TMGT 3010 Community and Cultural Issues in Tourism
TMGT 3040 or
TMGT 4040
Land Use Management or
Tourism and Sustainable Development
TMGT 4120 or
TMGT 4140
Developing New Tourism Enterprises or
Tourism Strategy
Specialty elective Select one of the following: TMGT 2080, 2090, 4030, 4050, ADVG 4090
TMGT 4020 Graduating Seminar
Total credits — 54

Post-Baccalaureate in Tourism Experience Management

Students will acquire a strong foundation in tourism studies including tourism experience marketing, environmental issues, community and cultural issues, applied research methods, and product development and innovation. Building upon this base, students will then explore tourism experience management topics such as understanding and influencing tourist behaviour, business strategy, small business management, information technology, and managing service operations in a global setting. Students will also gain valuable field experience with a two-semester consulting assignment in a tourism-related organization.

PBD in Tourism Experience Management: program requirements

Program currently under review — courses and prerequisites may be subject to change

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) = 2.0 or greater for graduation.

Tourism core (21 credits)
CMNS 1810 Business, Professional and Academic Composition (or ENGL 1100)
TMGT 1110 Introduction to Tourism
TMGT 1150 Marketing and Customer Service
TMGT 2610 Environmental Issues in the Tourism Industry
TMGT 3000 Practicum in Tourism (120 hours)
TMGT 3020 Tourism Policy and Planning
TMGT 3050 Research in Tourism
Tourism electives (15 credits)
Lower elective Select a 1000-2000 level course from ADVG, EVNT, HMGT, MTST or TMGT
Upper elective Select a 3000-4000 level course from ADVG, EVNT, HMGT, MTST or TMGT
Theme 1: Culture Culture and Place, choose one of the following: TMGT 3010, 4090, 4100, 4220, ADVG 4220
Theme 2: Global Global Perspectives, choose one of the following: TMGT 4030, 4040, 4160, 4981, ADVG 4050, 4160
Theme 3: Experience Experience Design, choose one of the following: TMGT 4010, 4050, 4130, 4170, 4180, 4210, ADVG 4040, 4200
Specialization (18 credits)
TMGT 4020 Graduating Seminar
Select five of the following options:
ADVG 4040 Programming Experiential Activities
ADVG 4160 Community Capacity Building
TMGT 4010 Experience Creation and Product Development
TMGT 4050 Event Tourism
TMGT 4090 The Culture of Events
TMGT 4100 The Social Side of Tourism
TMGT 4130 Tourist Behaviour
TMGT 4170 Information Technology in Tourism
TMGT 4180 Managing the Tourist Experience
TMGT 4210 Casino Operations Management
Total credits — 54