Master of Ecotourism

Graduate Diploma of Ecotourism [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism [exit point only]

Curious about environmental science?

CSU’s Master of Ecotourism enables you to pursue a range of exciting opportunities in the ecotourism industry. Graduates are employed by a range of businesses and companies involved in ecotourism or the wider tourism sector, as consultants, staff or in operational or policy roles with government agencies.

As a graduate of CSU’s Master of Ecotourism, you will be able to apply your knowledge creatively and with initiative to address and manage a range of ecotourism and outdoor recreation projects.

Exit points from the Master program are provided at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels. This structure provides considerable flexibility allowing you to quickly gain the Ecotourism knowledge and qualification you need today, and to add to your credentials at a later date if necessary.

What will I learn?

This course focuses strongly on real-world situations. It includes a mix of subjects focused on ecotourism operations and management. These subjects draw on lessons and examples from existing businesses around the world. You will study a variety of subjects in different discipline areas that relate directly to ecotourism conduct and management.

CSU’s Master of Ecotourism is designed for students wanting advanced knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of outdoor recreation and ecotourism, including recent developments in the field. You will be able to apply this knowledge with creativity and initiative to a range of situations and projects associated with sustainable tourism.

You may also choose to exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism on completion of four subjects (32 points), or with a Graduate Diploma of Ecotourism after eight subjects (64 points).

There may be a practical component associated with this course, depending on subjects selected.

Why study this degree?

CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world-class education.

We develop holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. We give students the ability to influence the world for the better. As a CSU student, you will benefit from:

  • being taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field.
  • opportunities to gain practical experience during residential schools using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that emphasise sustainable design
  • a library and world-class learning platforms that provide a broad range of literature and learning materials.

Flexible study options

Flexible learning at CSU offers increased choice, convenience, and personalisation to suit you. In particular, flexible learning gives you choices about where, when and how you learn. At CSU you can:

  • study at your own pace. While we regard two subjects as a normal part-time load, you are able to balance your work-life-study commitments by taking between one and four subjects in a session
  • vary your pattern to suit your career aspirations. We understand you come to us because you want an interesting job. You can vary (with permission) from the recommended pattern to meet your career needs and goals
  • take specialised subjects at other universities. You may be able to take subjects in areas of study outside CSU’s curriculum (e.g. marine studies).
  • gain recognition for other learning. Recognised academic courses at other universities or TAFE can be credited as part of your course. We can also give credit based on work experience as long as you provide evidence that you already have the skills and knowledge contained within a subject. More information about credit and pathways

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

The objectives and learning outcomes for courses and subjects are linked to assessment tasks. Specific criteria and performance standards are identified and stated so that students understand clearly the level of performance required for each assessment task. Assessment may include practical exercises, essays and reports on applied topics, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Some subjects, particularly those teaching technical skills, have compulsory residential schools. If you choose these subjects you will be required to travel to Albury-Wodonga Campus for between two and four days to learn these skills during that session. Residential schools also provide you with the opportunity to meet other students, your lecturers and learn from real life experiences in the environment.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.


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1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time



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