Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Community Sustainability

Graduate Study
Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management is designed to enable students to generate new knowledge in the complementary fields of tourism and protected area management under the overarching concept of community sustainability.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management, a student must have completed a master’s degree in any field. Relevant experience and strong academic backgrounds in the natural, physical, or social sciences, including independent research experience, are strongly encouraged. All applicants are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management

The student’s program of study must be developed in cooperation with and approved by the student’s guidance committee and must include the requirements specified below:

                 
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):    
  CSUS 800 Foundations of Community Sustainability
3  
  CSUS 814 Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area    
        Management: Theories and Applications 3  
  If a student already has credit in CSUS 814, these credits must be replaced by another 3 credits of research or a course relevant to one of the student's two focus areas.
   
2. Complete a minimum of 9 credits of course work in advanced research methods, to be selected in consultation with the student’s guidance committee, including at least 3 credits respectively in quantitative and qualitative methods.
   
3. Complete a minimum of 21 credits in course work grouped in two focus areas each of which must have a minimum of 9 credits. Of these, at least 9 credits in total and at least one course in each focus area must be selected from Community Sustainability (CSUS) courses unless the student has previously completed a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management.
   
4. Prepare a comprehensive examination program statement that presents the student’s learning and professional background and goals, and provides a rationale for the student’s declared focus areas. This statement is prepared in consultation with the student’s guidance committee and is presented to the full faculty for review.    
5. Pass a comprehensive examination based on the student’s comprehensive examination program statement.
6. Complete 24 credits of doctoral dissertation research and successfully defend the dissertation. Present the results of the research in a public seminar during the final oral examination.    
                 
All students are encouraged to prepare at least one paper from the dissertation research suitable for submission to a professional and/or refereed academic journal.