Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Tourism Management

The Bachelor of Tourism Management program is designed for graduates of recognized two-year diploma programs in tourism management, hospitality administration and outdoor recreation, and for those who have completed related programs and have similar educational backgrounds. Industry experience is assumed. The degree forms an integral part of the BC Tourism Learning System. Two-year diploma programs vary in their composition but generally satisfy most core or foundation course and elective requirements.

General education requirements can be taken before or after completion of the diploma program. Upper-level tourism courses should be taken last.

Certain courses may be available only by distance once a year and Hospitality Administration stream courses may not be available by distance.

Program requirements

Admission requirements

Graduation from a recognized two-year tourism/ hospitality program, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 or higher, for the maximum block transfer toward the degree

If you have not completed a tourism or hospitality diploma, a minimum of 60 credits of directly applicable coursework, preferably including core business and tourism or hospitality foundation courses

If you plan to complete a credential through OL, please complete a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions.

Residency requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree requirements

120 credits total, including 45 at the upper-level, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses taken outside the block transfer, as follows:

General education requirements (21 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses.

  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature); (may be ENGL 1001, or ENGL 1021 and ENGL 1011, or ENGL 1031)
  • Three credits in statistics (may be STAT 1201)
  • Three credits in humanities (other than English)
  • Three credits in introductory economics (may be ECON 1221 or ECON 1901)
  • Three credits in approved geography (human, cultural or regional geography relevant to tourism; may be GEOG 1191)
  • Three credits in natural science
Core business and tourism/hospitality requirements (30–33 credits)

These are typically part of approved diploma programs.

Choose either Tourism Management or Hospitality Administration.

Tourism Management

At least one course from six of the following seven areas. Suggested courses are in parentheses after each area name:

At least one course from four of the following five subject areas:

  • Introduction to tourism (CONV 1011)
  • Tourism business law (BLAW 2911)
  • Co-op or practicum (may be completed through PLAR)
  • Community and cultural issues (CONV 1031)
  • Environmental stewardship (ENVS 3991)
Hospitality Administration

At least one course from each of the following 11 areas. Suggested courses are in parentheses after each area name:

Upper-level requirements (24 credits)

At least one course from each of the following eight areas. Suggested courses are in parentheses:

Upper-level tourism or hospitality requirements (15 credits)

One course from one of the following four areas:

  • Marketing research (MKTG 3481)
  • Promotions management (MKTG 4481, Integrated Marketing Communications)
  • Consumer behaviour (MKTG 3471)
  • International tourism marketing (MKTG 4471 or Vancouver Island University's TRMT 368)

In addition: Four additional upper-level tourism, hospitality, or closely related specialty courses approved by OL (refer to the above four areas and the 3000- and 4000-level courses listed next)

Other elective requirements (27-30 credits)

Generally, most or all of these are met through block transfer from recognized tourism management or hospitality administration diploma programs.

Electives available by distance education may include but are not limited to the following:

Open Learning courses
  • ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (recommended)
  • IBUS 3511, International Business
  • MNGT 3711, Business Ethics and Society
  • CONV 1021, Introduction to Special Events Management
  • CONV 1041, Event Volunteer Management
  • CONV 1051, Legal Liability and Risk Management
  • CONV 1061, Event Marketing
  • HART 4839, Museum Principles and Practices II: Programming, Exhibitions, and Management
  • HART 4869, Museum Principles and Practices I: Communities, Curatorship, and Collections
  • HART 4879, Heritage Resource Management
  • MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (recommended)
Vancouver Island University courses
Other institutions

Various tourism and hospitality courses are also offered to part-time students via distance delivery through other BC post-secondary institutions, including Capilano University and Vancouver Island University.

Student responsibility

Consult with your program advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.