Samuel Atkinson, Regents Professor and Director of the Institute of Applied Science; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. Watershed protection and management; geographic information systems; environmental impact assessment.
Lea Dopson, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ed.D., University of Houston. Hospitality curriculum development; education and administration; ecotourism in developing countries; hospitality management competencies; hospitality accounting; finance and cost controls.
Robert Figueroa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado. Environmental justice; environmental ethics/ philosophy; environmental policy (domestic and international).
Lisa Kennon, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator; Ph.D., Texas Womanís University. Food safety issues impacting hospitality customers and the restaurant industry; consumer issues impacting the hospitality industry.
Daniel Spears, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Kansas State University. Tourism consumption and activity behavior; tourism development and sustainability in small island destinations; services management and marketing; cultural and heritage tourism; ecotourism.
Richard F. Tas, Professor; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University. Managerial competencies; labor turnover; maximizing industry profits through cost containment strategies; hotel and restaurant operations.
Francisco Alpízar, Professor; Ph.D., University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Design and application of economic policy instruments to environmental problems in developing countries.
Tamara Benjamin, Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Biophysical, social and economic implications of agroecosystem diversification; the impact of agroecosystems on ecological communities.
Nolan Quiróīs, Professor; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University. International trade and environmental and agricultural economic policy analysis; natural resource management; community development.
Juan Robalino Professor; Ph.D., Columbia University. Latin American and Caribbean environmental economics; development economics; applied microeconomics.
Eliécer Vargas, Professor; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University. Eco-enterprises and sustainable tourism; sustainable development.
Sustainable tourism strives to meet the needs of the present tourist market without compromising the resources of future generations. This leading-edge tourism specialty balances environmental, economic and socio-cultural benefits and concerns.
At the University of North Texas, we offer a joint Master of Science degree in International Sustainable Tourism in partnership with CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center). The degree program is administered by the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism.
CATIE combines scientific research, graduate education and technical cooperation to create equilibrium between conservation and sustainable production. It has strategic alliances with public and private universities, research centers, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and government entities around the globe.
The UNT-CATIE joint masterís degree is the first of its kind offered in the U.S. In this two-year program, you will spend the first two semesters at UNT and the last three semesters at CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica. All courses are taught in English.
Our masterís program provides you with unique opportunities such as:
The course work prepares you for management and leadership positions in international sustainable tourism or advancement toward a doctoral degree. You gain insight and experience from policy and operational perspectives, including comprehensive knowledge of hospitality management.
According to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, travel and tourism is the nationís second-largest services export industry and one of Americaís largest employers. Furthermore, Costa Rica enjoys more than 2 million visitors per year, generating more than $2.2 billion in revenues. Therefore, it is vital for successful tourism development professionals to understand the interdependencies of economic benefits, environmental impacts, and social and cultural resources.
Costa Rica, a pioneer in environmental conservation, has excellent infrastructure and services. The countryís network of national parks and conservation areas, biodiversity, innovative policies and exceptional geographical location make it ideal for scholars and institutions devoted to uses relating to natural resources.
You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School:
You must also provide the following materials to the CMHT Graduate Coordinator:
Depending on previous course work, you may be required to take prerequisite courses.
The degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of courses and a comprehensive exam. The first 18 semester hours will be taken at UNT, and the last 18 semester hours will be taken at CATIE.
You may apply for competitive scholarships, teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships from the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. Applications are available from the deanís office. Additional funding may be available from the Toulouse Graduate School and other sources. For more information, visit financialaid.unt.edu.