Program Requirements

2020-2021 Academic Year

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ChairPeter Mombourquette, BA (CBU), BEd (St.FX), MBA (SMU), DBA (USQ), Associate Professor

Coordinator

Candace Blayney, BA, BEd (New Brunswick), MBA (Athabasca), PhD (Northcentral), Associate Professor

The Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program is designed to answer the need for university-educated professionals in the tourism and hospitality fields. The program builds on the strengths of a business education and integrates the theories of tourism development and hospitality management to give the graduate an understanding of the key areas of the industry.

Courses are offered on campus and at a distance. Courses may be completed through distance learning on a full-time or part-time basis. Students should seek academic advising from the department to plan their program.

Other Tourism and Hospitality Management programs:
Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Admission Requirements
Please refer to 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements.

Admission of Mature Students
Please read the 2.1.4.3 Mature Admissions Policy carefully. Mature students intending to apply to the program should complete the following 2.0 units to be considered: BUSI 1112, 0.5 unit of humanities elective and 1.0 unit of arts and science courses.

Transfer Students
Mount Saint Vincent University recognizes learning that applicants have acquired through institutes, corporate and/or on-the-job training programs and educational settings not normally eligible for transfer credit. Refer to policies regarding 2.1.9 Challenge for Credit and 2.1.8 Prior Learning Assessment.

Mount Saint Vincent University has a number of formal transfer credit agreements with other institutions that allow students to transfer up to fifty percent of degree requirements into the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program. Please refer to 2.1.4.4 Admission Requirements for Transfer Students for more information.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree requires:



successful completion of 20.0 units of coursework plus three co-operative education terms

or

successful completion of 20.0 units of coursework plus two practica for students admitted to the practica route
obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in 8.0 units of required coursework including the 4.0 units of THMT electives
meet all requirements for the co-operative education program
Note: Co-operative education work term courses (THMT 1188, 2288 and 3388) and Practica (THMT 2299 and 3399) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA
students may complete a 3.0 unit minor in any discipline with the exception of BUSI by completing the requirements for the minor as specified by the department. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
Required Courses
BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
BUSI 2221 0.5 unit
BUSI 2222 0.5 unit
BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
BUSI 3313 0.5 unit
BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
COMM 2211 0.5 unit
ECON 1101 0.5 unit
ECON 1102 0.5 unit
MATH 2208 0.5 unit
THMT 1101 0.5 unit
THMT 1116 0.5 unit
THMT 2205 0.5 unit
THMT 2216 0.5 unit
THMT 2221 0.5 unit
THMT 2244 0.5 unit
THMT 3221* 0.5 unit
THMT 3305 0.5 unit
THMT 3312 0.5 unit
THMT 3362 0.5 unit
THMT 3401 0.5 unit
THMT 4442 0.5 unit
* If, in any year, this course is not available, Tourism and Hospitality Management students may substitute BUSI 3320 for THMT 3221.
and
for students in the Co-operative Education Program
THMT 1188 Co-op Term I 1.0 unit
THMT 2288 Co-op Term II 1.0 unit
THMT 3388 Co-op Term III 1.0 unit
or
for students in the Practicum Route
THMT 2299 Practicum I 455 hours
THMT 3399 Practicum II 455 hours
Electives
3.0 units of electives, 1.0 unit of which must be at the 4000 level selected from the following:
BUSI 3314 (0.5 unit)
BUSI/WOMS 4406 (0.5 unit)
THMT 2201 (0.5 unit)
THMT/BUSI 2225 (0.5 unit)
THMT/BUSI 3311 (0.5 unit)
THMT 3317 (0.5 unit)
THMT 3323 (0.5 unit)
THMT 3380 (0.5 unit)
THMT 4407 (0.5 unit)
THMT/BUSI 4410 (0.5 unit)
THMT 4411 (0.5 unit)
THMT 4421 (0.5 unit)
THMT 4444 (0.5 unit)
THMT/BUSI 4446 (0.5 unit)
THMT 4490 (0.5 unit)
THMT 4491 (0.5 unit)
(prerequisites must be met)
3.0 units
2.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives Note: With the department Chair’s
prior written approval, a student may replace no more than 0.5 unit of arts
and science elective with 0.5 unit of professional elective.
2.5 units
0.5 unit of Humanities elective
See core C – Humanities (see Core Group List)
0.5 unit
0.5 unit of elective 0.5 unit

Professional Concentration in FrenchTourism and Hospitality Management students have the opportunity to pursue a 3.0 unit concentration in French.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:
❏ 3.0 units of French language courses (excluding FREN 1101 and 1102)

Professional Concentration in SpanishTourism and Hospitality Management students have the opportunity to pursue a 3.0 unit concentration in Spanish. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

❏ SPAN 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202, 3301 and 3302

Students completing SPAN 2202 may write the internationally recognized Spanish examination prepared by the Spanish Ministry of Education and receive the Initial Certificate (Certificado Inicial). Students completing SPAN 3302 may write the Spanish examination prepared by the Spanish Ministry of Education and receive the Basic Diploma (Diploma Basico).

Co-operative Education ProgramMount Saint Vincent University offers a 23.0 unit degree in tourism and hospitality management with compulsory co-operative education. The Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Co-operative Education) degree is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and was the first accredited tourism co-operative education degree in Canada.

Co-operative education involves a sequencing of normal academic semesters and three co-op terms. Students complete the normal academic sequence for their first 5.0 units of study before beginning their first co-op term. The following schedule depicts the typical Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Co-operative Education) program.

Year Sept to Dec Jan to Apr May to Aug*
1 Academic Term 1 Academic Term 2 Co-op Term 1
2 Academic Term 3 Academic Term 4 Co-op Term 2
3 Academic Term 5 Academic Term 6 Co-op Term 3
4 Academic Term 7 Academic Term 8

*Co-op terms may finish as late as mid-October. Students returning in October should seek academic advising to enrol in condensed courses.

By integrating academic study with three co-op terms, students will have an opportunity to determine career goals; gain practical knowledge and experience; develop confidence, maturity and human relations skills; apply academic material to practical working situations; generate employment contacts and provide financial assistance to meet educational expenses.

Students must consider that the co-op terms may be outside of Nova Scotia and some relocation could be required at the students’ expense. Students must finish their program on an academic term, not on a co-op term.

Program Standards
Before the first co-op work term, students must meet these prerequisites:

  1. a 2.0 CGPA at the end of the academic semester prior to the first job search*
  2. normally completion of 5.0 units
  3. successful completion of THMT 1101

*Students who do not meet the 2.0 CGPA requirements for co-operative education but have more than 7.5 units of transfer credits, or grades from courses completed more than five years ago, may request an individual review of their transcripts by the department Chair who may approve admission.

Once you have accepted a co-op term, there are three possible grades for co-op terms:

  • P Pass. Student continues academic study.
  • NCR No credit, repeat. Normally, a student may receive only one NCR grade and remain in the
    degree program.
  • F Fail. A failing grade in a co-op term results in dismissal from the program.

For additional information, refer to the Co-operative Education Program section of the Academic Calendar and the Co-operative Education website.

Practica Route

The practica route is only for students who have university or approved hospitality program transfer credits and/or significant industry related work experience. Part-time and distance education students and students pursuing the degree via the certificate and diploma must complete the practica route rather than the co-operative education route. Full-time students who are admitted to the BTHM program with a minimum of 7.5 units of transfer credits or full-time students with at least two years of full-time industry experience as determined by the department will enter the practica route.

The practica route allows students to build on previous academic or work experience while maintaining greater flexibility in academic scheduling. Each practicum contains a block of industry-related work experience. Students must complete a project/report undertaken in the context of the specific work environment of that practicum. Students must complete two practica of 455 hours each. Practicum I should be completed after 10.0 units of academic credit and Practicum II should be completed after 15.0 units of academic credit.

Students who complete the practica route will graduate with a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Course numbers and hours for each level of practica are:
THMT 2299 Practicum I 455 hours
THMT 3399 Practicum II 455 hours

The three possible grades for practica are the same as for co-op terms. For additional information, refer to the Co-operative Education Program section of the Academic Calendar and the Co-operative Education website.

Notes:
Practica and co-op terms may not be interchanged.
Students obtaining more than one NCR grade on a practicum will be dismissed from the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program.
Students may challenge or transfer a maximum of one practica work term.

Honours Degree

Students wishing to complete an honours degree must make application through the department Chair after successful completion of 12.5 units of the BTHM program. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have successfully completed MATH 2208 and THMT 3312. Admissions to the honours program must be approved by the Honours Committee of the Department of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management. Acceptance is contingent upon the agreement of a faculty member to supervise.

The Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Honours degree requires:

successful completion of 20.0 units of coursework plus three co-operative education terms

or

successful completion of 20.0 units of coursework plus two practica for students admitted to the practica route
a minimum of 12.5 and a maximum of 14.0 units in THMT and BUSI, including THMT 4499
THMT 4499
3.0 units of electives from core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies) with a minimum of 0.5 unit from each core group:
❏ Core A – Sciences & Mathematics
❏ Core B – Social Sciences
❏ Core C – Humanities
obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10.0 of the required honours courses
achieve a minimum of B- in the honours thesis
obtain a overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken
Note: Co-operative education work term courses (THMT 1188, 2288 and 3388) and Practica (THMT 2299 and 3399) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA.

Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who obtain a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better in 10.0 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.

Honours Certificate

Students who have graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree may apply to do an honours certificate. Students must fulfill the requirements for the honours degree listed above and meet the university regulations regarding honours certificates.

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year which runs from September 01, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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