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Degree Programs in UP AIT

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BS Tourism) is a four-year course that aims to develop leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and qualified personnel for the tourism industry.

The program requires a student to take 47 courses equivalent to 150 units. Around 45 units are general education subjects (under the Revised General Education Program of the University) taken in service units of the University, such as the College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Science and Philosophy, and the College of Science.

The remaining units are taken in the Institute and consist of 19 required tourism subjects; five tourism electives, six units of which could be for study of one foreign language; and internship of 360 hours. On average, this requires taking 18 units per semester over 4 years, excluding internship (with a credit of 5 units) during the summer of 3rd year.

The subjects cover general management, accounting and finance, marketing and promotions, tourism laws, tourism planning and development, and courses that discuss the various facets of the tourism industry.

A special feature of the program is the internship in any of the industrial sectors of tourism. Students are required to undergo 360 hours (equivalent to five course credits) of training in the summer prior to their senior year. By getting practical exposure in a sector of their choice, students can make informed decisions on their career options, which may be in the airline, hotel, resort, convention, travel agency, tour operations, national tourism organization, and allied fields.

Graduate Program

The Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management (GDip TDM) which leads to the Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management (MSTDM) program are intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex processes of development and management of a globally competitive tourism industry. Both programs aim to contribute to the creation of an improved tourism society regionally and globally where the development of tourism is planned and there is proper stewardship of the natural resources and preservation of the local culture.

The programs are designed primarily for persons who currently work in the tourism industry who are interested in augmenting their industrial experience with academic qualifications; those who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualifications who are interested in pursuing studies in tourism.