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Tourism and Special Events, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Upon successful completion of the program, you can find employment in resorts, municipal parks and recreation systems, convention and visitors bureaus, tourism marketing organizations, youth services nonprofit agencies, destination management organizations, cruise ships and private agencies.

All courses in the tourism and special events concentration incorporate “real world” practice. Practitioners visit classes to share their expertise and experience in the field. Classes also visit regional tourism providers to learn about tools, techniques, and best practices from professionals. An opportunity for a five-week field course in locations such as the Bahamas, and France are also offered. These courses are aimed at exposing students to international tourism, island resort experiences and water-based adventure travel with sailing, snorkeling, diving and touring experiences.

We facilitate networking between students and leaders in their interest areas through conferences and many professional development opportunities. The department supports student attendance at Virginia Recreation and Parks Association events, the National Recreation and Park Association annual congress, and The Resort & Commercial Recreation Association. Tourism students are encouraged to network through Virginia Tourism Corporation events and regional destination management organizations.

Those interested in international tourism can attend one or two semesters at Blaise Pascal University in Vichy, France. Courses are taught entirely in English and enable students to learn the French language and culture while studying international business. Courses transfer directly to Radford University and can be used toward their undergraduate degree and a degree in international business with French from Blaise Pascal University.


This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marketing 
  • Commercial Recreation
  • Special Event Management 
  • Resources
  • Field Work
  • Management
  • PR

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Application for admission
    • Official transcripts
    • SAT I and/or ACT scores
    • All the above plus:
    • SAT II scores in the following subjects:
    • Writing
    • Math (Level Ic or IIc)
    • Third area of study to be chosen by the applicant
    • An official college transcript showing the student has taken and passed a college-level English course and a math course equivalent to Algebra 2.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23432 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23432 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11350 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Radford

  • 996 - 1630 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan: Freshman are eligible to borrow up to $5500 in Direct Loan funds, with no more than $3500 in Subsidized funds
  • Federal Perkins Loan: $5,500 for each year of undergraduate study. The total amount you can borrow as an undergraduate is $27,500. $8000 for each year of graduate or professional study. The total amount you can borrow as a graduate/professional student is $60,000.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan: Students can borrow up to the financial aid cost of attendance for the academic year.
  • College Scholarship Assistance Program
  • Commonwealth Award
  • Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program
  • Red and White and Academic Excellence Scholarships

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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