Master in Tourism Planning and Management (MTPM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Program Description

Master in Tourism Planning and Management (MTPM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

The Masters in Tourism Planning and Management (MTPM)’s main objectives are threefold; firstly is to prepare future professionals to strategically manage and make sustainable and effective decisions in placements of high responsibility in tourism institutions; secondly is to provide future professionals with an integrated knowledge of the dynamics of tourism development, the principles of sustainable management, environmental issues, the role of cultural diversity and creativity for innovation and the governance of tourism networks the quality management of customer services; and thirdly is to train future researchers in the field of tourism management.

More importantly, the course aims to train students to view tourist activity from a global perspective, to meet the demands of an international environment and its effect on public organizations, private companies, and research activity, within the parameter of sustainability.

After successfully concluding the program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding within the main field, including both an overview of the area and advanced knowledge in central terms and relationships within tourism, also including a deeper insight into current research and development fields,
  2. Demonstrate deeper methodological and scientific knowledge of Tourism Studies,
  3. Have the ability through their own work to develop the integration of knowledge to deal with complex problems and to formulate judgments based on scientific approaches,
  4. Communicate findings and the underlying knowledge to tourism specialists and professionals as well as less technical audiences - nationally and internationally.
  5. Have developed the ability to study independently to participate in advanced scientific research and development activities,
  6. Be able to apply scientific methods and approaches in response to needs for new
  7. knowledge of tourism as well as needs for development of further expertise within the field.

Program Structure

Students registered for MTPM coursework and dissertation must complete the coursework part with an average grade of 'B' (GPA of at least 3.0) before they are allowed to proceed with dissertation research phase. Students shall take a total of 18 units (12 units of coursework and 6 units of dissertation). The MTPM focuses on the existing management staff in the Tourism Industry. It combines both vocational orientation and provision of relevant studies in the Tourism Industry to meet the pressing need for the high-level workforce. The program is offered by coursework and dissertation through evening classes executive and blended- distance mode. At the moment, there are three centers encompassing Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Zanzibar. From October of this academic year, the program will commence in Kigali Rwanda.

Entry qualifications

The entry qualifications are as prescribed in the university regulations

Duration of the Program

The Masters in Tourism Planning and Management program will last three modules that will consist of in-depth studies in chosen fields of tourism, organized and taught in the evenings and executive mode. After the completion of coursework students will start working on their research. At least students will spend 18 months to finish the program. Note the program will follow the university regulation and code of conduct.

The program is delivered through blended mode just like other taught masters programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences

Course Content Status Unit
OTM 601 Theories and Practice of Tourism Core 2
OTM 602 Tourism Policy and Planning Core 2
OTM 603 Approaches to Hospitality Management Core 2
OTM 604 Tourism and Hospitality Entrepreneurship Core 2
OTM 605 Tourism Marketing and Promotion Core 2
OTM 606 Sustainable Tourism Development Core 2
OTM 698 Advanced Social Science Research Methods and Dissertation Core 6
Total 18

Cost & Fees

Non Tuition Fees

Application fee 30,000 30 30
Registration fee 50,000 100 100
ID processing 20,000 20 20
Student Organization fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 20
Quality assurance fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 40
Coursework Examination fee per paper 20,000 40 60
Plagiarism fee 20,000 20 20

Tution Fee per Unit for Taught Masters Programs

Blended mode 220,000 100 200
Facilitation fee 50 50
Dissertation fee 220,000 100 200

Note: Facilitation is meant to cater for taxes, levies, postage cost, courier services, and phone call charges.This fee is also paid by Tanzanians residing outside Tanzania.

Other Recommended Direct Student Cost For Masters by Coursework/Dissertation Students

Research/Field Costs & Consultations 1,500,000 1,000
Books 300,000 300
Stationery 100,000 100
Dissertation production 300,000 300
TOTAL 2,200,000 1,700
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
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Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam
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