The Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management provides an in-depth examination of the economic, infrastructure, logistical, security, and research issues involved with regional, national, and international economic development and tourism. Students are exposed to the interplay of private, public, and government organizations as they relate to the design of a comprehensive economic development and tourism plan. The combination of theory and practice prepares students to analyze tourism markets; assess area, regional, and national weaknesses and strengths; and understand infrastructure needs and costs associated with development. The program emphasizes sustainable economic development via the commodifying of cultural and nature tourism assets. Students who complete the Administrative Studies master’s degree concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management will be able to demonstrate: An understanding of critical and innovative thinking, a global business perspective, enhanced communication skills, as well as the technical tools and techniques necessary for business decision-making. Comprehension of the full range of eco- and cultural tourism assets that can be utilized for sustainable tourism development. An understanding of the business of eco- and cultural tourism, including how to determine which assets to develop and market, and the tourist’s wishes and desires. The ability to combine local, regional, and national resources and issues so as to be able to develop a comprehensive plan for an integrated tourism industry. An understanding of the global nature of the tourism industry.