Master of Arts in Tourism


Arts and Social Sciences

Program Type


Coursework and Thesis ( Arabic or English)


Thesis ( Only English )


Study Mode


Part-time or Full-time for Coursework and Thesis

Full-time for Thesis



Two years for full-time option and three years for part-time option

Instruction Language


Arabic and English for coursework and thesis

English for thesis only


Program Coordinator

Name: Mohamed Abdel Ghani El-Sayed


Tel:      +968 24142031


College Website

Program Overview


  • Coursework and Thesis

Students must complete 24 credit hours, in addition to writing and successfully defending a thesis in either Arabic or English language. The student should complete the coursework requirements specified in the degree plan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 For the thesis, the candidate is required to conduct the necessary literature review, undertake the research, analyze the results, write the thesis and communicate the results at an oral defense. The student should identify the research problem in consultation with the supervisor, which normally takes place in the last semester of coursework. The student should register for the thesis in the third semester after having completed at least 12 credits of coursework.

  • Thesis
For meeting this track requirement, student must write and successfully defend thesis in English. 


Admission Requirements



  • Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in Tourism or a related disciplines such as Business Administration, Economics, Management, Geography, Information Studies, History, Archeology or Languages from Sultan Qaboos University or any other recognized university with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scaleor its equivalent in another system (the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies will assess such case of equivalency). or



- Applicants with Cumulative Grade Point Average between 2.5 and 2.74 on a 4.0 scaleor its equivalent are required to have a minimum of two years work experience, or

- Applicants who have bachelor degree from a recognized institution and a postgraduate diploma in a related specialization from a recognized institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent.

  • Applicants from other disciplines may be asked by the Department of Tourism to attend additional bridging courses before starting the program.
  • Employed applicants must submit a letter of release or a letter of study leave from their respective employer for full-time study option or a letter of no objection for part-time study option. These letters should be addressed to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies at SQU. Unemployed applicants should submit a statement from The Public Authority of Manpower Register documenting their unemployment status.

English Proficiency


  • Applicants for coursework and thesis option should:

 Achieve level (5.5) in IELTS Academic or (525) in the TOEFL paper-based or (196) in TOEFL through the computer or (69) in the TOEFL through the Internet.

  • Applicants for thesis only  option  should:

Achieve Band (6) in IELTS Academic or (550) in the TOEFL paper-based or (213) in TOEFL computer-based or (79) in the TOEFL through the Internet.

Selection Criteria



The Department of Tourism will assess applicants according to the predefined criteria set by the Department, which may include an interview.




  • Coursework and Thesis (2,500 OMR)



  • Coursework and Thesis (3,500 OMR)

  • Thesis (2,000 OMR)
  • Thesis (3,000 OMR)























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