Postgraduate Studies Programs

Master of Arts in Tourism

Master of Arts in Tourism

Major  Tourism Destination Management

Program Type


  • Coursework and Thesis ( Arabic or English)
  • Thesis ( Only English )



Study Mode


  • Part-time or Full-time for "Coursework and Thesis " Track
  • Full-time for "Thesis only" Track




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: Dr. Majda Hamoud Al Salti


Tel:      +968 24142001


College Website


Program Overview


  • Coursework and Thesis Track

Students must complete 24 credit hours, in addition to writing and successfully defending a thesis (6 credit hours)  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 only" track, 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 her/his supervisor(s), 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 only Track
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 Ministry of Labour 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:

Before starting the program the admitted candidates should submit an English Proficiency Test Certificate band (6) or higher in academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or a score of (79) or higher in the International TOEFL - IBT




Selection Criteria


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