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Tourism Planning and Development

Undergraduate Certificate

*Courses for this certificate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.

Travel planning is an essential skill for anyone wanting to pursue a career in destination marketing organizations, tourist attractions, travel businesses, and tourist leisure services.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Tourism Planning and Development explores courses in tourism planning and development, tourism policy and sustainability, tourism marketing and sales, and travel trends and destinations. You select elective courses on such topics as cultural heritage tourism, cruise line management, sports tourism development, ecotourism, visitor behavior, business marketing, and nonprofit management and leadership.

As a student in the program, you gain core skills in global geography, marketing, travel trends, and travel segmentation, as well as experiential learning onboard a cruise line. Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will have a foundation on which you can build a career in travel services.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Travel Planning and Development prepares you for such careers as:

  • Travel agent 
  • Corporate travel consultant 
  • International travel consultant 
  • Auto travel counselor 
  • Tour coordinator 
  • Tour sales representative 
  • Cruise director 
  • Travel customer service representative 
  • Reservations agent 
  • Ticketing agent 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Travel Planning and Development, you must complete 18 to 19 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Travel planning and development core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Travel planning and development elective courses (6 credit hours) 
  • Industry internship recommended (1 credit hour)  


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:  

         IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

         Cavanaugh Hall 147

         425 University Boulevard 

         Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • TCEM-T 107Tourism Planning and Development3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 207Tourism Policy and Sustainability3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 307Tourism Marketing and Sales3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 382Travel Trends and Destinations3 Credits
  • BUS-M 300Business Marketing3 Credits
  • BUS-M 200Marketing and Society3 Credits
  • BUS-M 371 Marketing: Integrated Experience3 Credits
  • SPEA-V 362Nonprofit Management and Leadership3 Credits
  • TCEM-G 299Special Topics in Tourism: Tourist Behavior3 Credits
  • TCEM-G 309Cruise Line Management3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 234Cultural Heritage Tourism3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 319 Sports Tourism Development3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 483 Ecotourism3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74

Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.