Tourism in a Global Community
One of the most spectacular phenomena during the last decades is the continuous growth of tourism, which has become stronger in recent years. The complexity of the tourism industry on a state level derives from the fact that a great part of its product is rooted in complex international processes that take place in a global environment.
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The globalization process, which expresses the change from the local economy to the regional and global economy, has important implications for society and economy in all fields, primarily topics concerned with the spatial movement of people outside their native countries, namely planning, development, and management of the tourism industry. The new global economy includes a great potential for development, but also defines new rules of tough, uncompromising competition, often under conditions of severe uncertainty, and is, therefore, a key challenge on the agenda of tourism and hotel management systems. The uncertainty includes economic crises, security-related crises, climate changes, changes in tourism patterns and trends, as well as technological changes, which affect both the consumers’ behavior and the supply management by the tourism provider. Tourism management as an economic industry thus requires, beyond the level of ongoing management, understanding of complex processes and management strategies in the global arena under conditions of uncertainty.
To this end, there is a need to train a generation of senior managers equipped with up-to-date research and management tools, which would be learned in appropriate courses. The program is designed to focus on strategies of tourism and hotel management that are suitable for the competitive and uncertain environment of an era of globalization and transnationalism. The program is designed to provide students with the tools and skills to manage global systems with a strategic view of tourism and hotel management such as international hotel chains, airlines, international tour operators, and planners or decision-makers in regional and national authorities.
Hence, Kinneret Academic College offers a unique M.A. program in Tourism and Hotel Management in the English language. The program is aimed to provide advanced tools that can assist the future generation of managers in the tourism and hotel industry worldwide. The program is built in two versions: A two-year program which is studied one full day per week, or a one-year program that can be studied two full days a week. One year comprises two semesters between October and June. The program is without a thesis but requires short paper deliveries. All of the courses are single-semester courses; frontal lectures (“lessons”) are two hours per week (2 credits), and seminar courses – one each year – are four hours per week (4 credits). In addition, each student must submit a supervised project paper (during the final semester) – also 4 credits.
The total of required credits is 40 (equivalent to 20 annual hours), of which 28 credits are compulsory courses and 12 credits are electives. The 28 compulsory course credits are divided as follows: 16 credits for lessons, 8 credits for seminars, and 4 credits for the final project.
The program also includes up to seven ‘completion’ courses (two hours per week in one semester). These courses are designated for students with incomplete backgrounds from their B.A. degree. These courses do not grant credits. The requirement for completion courses is considered on an individual basis. Students must complete these courses before or during their first year in parallel to the M.A. courses.
For foreign students – B.A. degree from a recognized institute with a minimum of 3 GPA (Grade Point Average)
For Israeli students – B.A. degree with an average grade of at least 80
Proficiency in English is mandatory. English proficiency will be measured by one of the following examinations:
Internal department test that ensures an appropriate threshold level for graduate studies;
Additionally, all applicants will be interviewed in English in order to evaluate their English competence.
Please submit a copy of the following documents by the online application:
Undergraduate transcript & diploma
An updated CV, including work experience, if any (prior work experience is not a compulsory requirement);
I.D. (for Israeli candidates - Teudat Zehut; for foreign candidates - international passport);
If applicable, any additional information that would benefit your application (e.g., graduate degree transcript, quantitative GMAT, TOFEL, etc.);
Approval for the payment of registration fee (approximately 120 USD ).
All documents should be scanned into one file and sent to email@example.com
Students who apply and meet the above criteria will be invited for a personal interview with the admissions committee. For international students, this can be done via Skype.
A letter of confirmation regarding acceptance to the program will be sent to the students following the interview.
Admitted students may need to take pre-requisite courses before entering the program if they do not have sufficient background in economics or mathematics.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for the M.A. in Tourism and Hotel Management program is about 5000 USD per year ($10,000 for both 1 year and 2-year programs) for foreign citizens and about 3800 USD per year for Israeli citizens. Paying in installments will incur additional charges. Additional charges will be made if the student needs to complete complementary courses.
A down payment of approximately 120 USD must be paid no later than the last date detailed on the tuition voucher.
Tuition does not include fees related to the academic trip abroad, accommodation and allowances.
Prior to the beginning of the academic year, students will be given tuition vouchers detailing four payment plan options:
Payment in cash by a set date;
12 payments via a direct debit order;
12 payments via vouchers;
Payment via credit card, (in one installment or a credit installment plan).
Payment plans B, C, and D include processing and interest fees.