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Master’s in Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality

Sustainable Master of Business Administration

Next start date is March 11. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Join one of the largest

employment sectors in the world


Demand for green jobs is up more than 50% in the last 4 years, and according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the Tourism and Hospitality industry will employ 430 million people worldwide by 2033. Employers are currently looking to hire workers with green skills that can help transform their business operations.

You can help bring sustainable skills and expertise to the expanding industry with a Sustainable Masters of Business Administration (SMBA) in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality from Unity Environmental University. By providing a net positive travel experience, you’ll be leading the way to a more environmentally friendly future. You’ll be prepared to assess sustainability risks, develop plans that generate positive social and environmental impacts, and work to improve and manage the ecological needs of hospitality companies. Most importantly you’ll be at the forefront of a green economy.

Program Overview


The SMBA in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality prepares values-driven leaders to innovate, disrupt, and transform the tourism and hospitality industry towards a more sustainable future. Through a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, students will gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to integrate sustainability principles with travel and hospitality business strategy and operations. The program is grounded in the principles of environmental stewardship, social equity, sustainable development and economic prosperity.

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Career Outlook

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1M

Sustainability Specialist jobs in the U.S., 2022.

$76k

Sustainability Specialist average pay, 2022.

107k

Estimated U.S. job openings for Sustainability Specialist jobs through 2032. 


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Experiential and Immersive Coursework

Ecological Economics

Economic systems influence how society understands its relationship to the environment. Students will learn the basic principles of ecological economics, evaluate the framework, and learn to apply its principles to sustainability work.

Sustainable Operations for Travel and Hospitality

This course presents a holistic view of the tourism industry including how each sector operates, and how they approach sustainability. Upon completion of the course, students will be equipped to assess organizations’ approach to sustainability and create frameworks for sustainability action.

Sustainable Business Strategy for Travel and Hospitality

This course enables students to design and develop travel products with business models that generate positive impact. Students learn the fundamentals of sustainable business planning, and develop a business plan for a tourism enterprise that provides a specific economic, social, and/or environmental benefit to stakeholders.


Degree Requirements and Courses


The SMBA in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality degree requires 36 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more requirements, browse our degree checklist or view our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

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Program Features


+ Career FocusUnity ranks in the top 15% of colleges for social mobility according to CollegeNET. Demand for employees with green skills is growing daily, and the sustainability core in every master’s program at Unity means that you’ll graduate with an environmental consciousness applicable to every career path.

+ Earn While You LearnOur asynchronous model is designed to provide flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.

+ World Renowned FacultyLearn from faculty who are working in their field, bringing their professional network and real-world insights into the virtual classroom, fostering valuable connections for your future career.

+ Applied LearningYou’ll be required to engage your local community and environment while completing your master’s degree, giving you practical, hands-on experience while allowing you to translate theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions. 

+ Personalized SupportYou can rely on one-on-one professional advising, career support from your first day, unlimited mental health counseling, and more.


Experts in the Field


At Unity Environmental University, our faculty is composed of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

O’Shannon Burns


Subject Matter Expert


O’Shannon Burns is a researcher and sustainability consultant with 15 years of experience shaping mission-driven businesses and embedding regenerative principles into operations with a focus on travel, tourism, climate action, conservation, and environmental justice. Through her consulting business Ochre, she has collaborated with The World Bank, Disney, TED, National Geographic, Atlas Obscura, and dozens of small businesses on sustainability strategy and management.

O’Shannon is part of Cornell University’s Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program at the SC Johnson College of Business. She co-developed a framework for sustainable tourism destination management that now underpins the online, self-paced eCornell course on Sustainable Tourism Destination Management. 

Previously, she spent a decade as staff at National Geographic collaborating with explorers as they conducted field work, spearheading sustainability initiatives, and operating exploratory educational travel experiences on all seven continents. While there, she created and was then appointed to National Geographic Partners’ first full-time sustainability position, overseeing sustainability for the company’s travel business, and serving as an internal sustainability leader and expert. O’Shannon holds an MA in Sustainability from Harvard University, a BS in Physical Geography with a focus on Climate Science from Penn State, and an executive certificate in Training and Facilitation from Georgetown University.

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Welcome to Distance Education, where fully online immersive learning takes you off the beaten path. Our affordable, accessible, and flexible curriculum is taught by the world's leading experts in their field and delivered to you...where YOU are.
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Welcome to Hybrid Learning where you can train for a meaningful environmental career while enjoying ultimate flexibility! Choose the combination of in-person and online courses that fits your life and goals. With 8 terms available per year with 5-week terms, we offer the best of online and hands-on education.
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Welcome to the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions! Join us for in-person, job-focused, environmental associate degrees at our commuter campus in New Gloucester, Maine. The Technical Institute offers flexible, innovative, and affordable preparation for Maine’s high-demand jobs with two-week terms, low per-credit pricing, and state-of-the-art HyFlex classrooms.

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