M.S. in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST)

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Interested in saving the planet through preserving tourism destinations? Interested in gaining knowledge and experience in two countries while earning a graduate degree?  Well, this degree is for you!

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.

This program is a joint Master of Science degree in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST) between UNT and CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

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 master’s degree is the first of its kind in the U.S. In this two-year program, you will spend the first two semesters at UNT and the last two semesters at CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica. All courses are taught in English.

Our MIST program provides you with unique opportunities such as:

  •     Analysis of sustainable tourism in the USA and Costa Rica
  •     Hospitality applications of sustainable tourism
  •     Operational and policy perspectives of sustainable tourism
  •     International instruction from industry experts and experienced researchers

The course work will prepare you for management and leadership positions in the international sustainable tourism industry or advancement toward a doctoral degree. You will gain insight and experience from policy and operational perspectives, including comprehensive knowledge of hospitality management.

Birendra KC, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & MIST Graduate Coordinator


Eliecer Vargas ortega

Professor and MIST Coordinator