Options to study a master's degree at CATIE

IN-PERSON MASTER´S DEGREE

International Scientific Master´s Degree in Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture

This master's degree offers a unique opportunity for professional training in an intercultural, multidisciplinary, and high-quality academic environment. It is based on the vision of climate-smart agroforestry and agriculture, and long-term sustainability that integrates the provision of ecosystem services and systemic interactions in the four basic dimensions: ecological, social, economic, and political. In addition, the master's degree aims to train professionals with leadership and the ability to promote management processes, design and management of agroforestry and agricultural systems, as well as research for development in these fields. This program lasts 18 months and is in person.

Admission profile

Aimed at professionals with a university degree in subjects related to agriculture, forestry, and natural resources, with an interest in the use and sustainable management of productive landscapes.

Graduate Profile

The profile of who graduates from this master's degree includes a professional person with a holistic vision:

i) Knows the conceptual technical basis on agroforestry and agriculture for the agro-livestock and forestry development of small and medium-sized farms in the tropics, through the application of methodologies developed by CATIE and others.

ii) Has the capacity to diagnose and recommend good silvoagricultural, silvopastoral, agrosilvopastoral and climate-smart agriculture practices, which start from the vision of the small and medium producer to improve productivity and profitability and reduce the environmental impacts of forestry agricultural production in the tropics, in response to changing global conditions.

iii) Formulates and implements research and technological development projects and analyzes the existing scientific-technological knowledge to support the innovations and recommendations offered to small and medium producers in the tropics, so that they improve their livelihoods without detriment to the environment.

iv) Manages knowledge to promote innovations and changes that increase productivity and profitability by facilitating the mitigation and adaptation of small and medium-sized farms in the tropics, to reduce the impacts of climate change.

v) Contributes to advocacy actions at different levels of public-private governance for policy design aimed at small and medium producers in the tropics, aiming at promoting innovative solutions to production and environmental challenges.

General structure and courses offered

For the Magister Scientiae degree, the student must pass a minimum of 69 credits: 33 academic and 36 research credits, as indicated below.

  • Basic or standard courses of all scientific master's degrees: three courses, with a total of 7 academic credits
  • Specialization courses in Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture: six courses, for a total of 18 academic credits (the course "Geographic Information Systems" is suggested as mandatory)
  • Elective courses: a minimum of 8 academic credits (these are chosen according to the individual study plan of each student)
  • Degree thesis: 36 research credits
  • English courses: emphasizes reading and comprehension in this language

Basic or standard courses of all scientific master's degrees (7 credits)

  • Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits)
  • Basis and tools for scientific research (3 credits)
  • Research for development planning (1 credit)
  • English (does not have academic or research credits)

Specialization courses (18 credits)

  • Technical and conceptual bases on agroforestry and sustainable agriculture (3 credits)
  • Silvopastoral systems: sustainable production and ecosystem services (3 credits)
  • Agroforestry with annual and perennial crops (3 credits)
  • Sustainable agricultural systems and agrobiodiversity (3 credits)
  • Agricultural and agroforestry planning of farms and economic considerations for their design and management (3 credits)
  • Climate Smart Agriculture (3 credits)
  • Geographic Information Systems (suggested as a required course)

Elective courses: at least 8 credits, including courses offered by the same master's degree (marked with an asterisk in the following list)

In addition to the elective courses to complete compulsory academic credits of the minimum required for the master's degree, the student could enroll in other electives from the same program, or from other master's degrees. Examples of elective courses:

  • Agricultural and agroforestry research methods* (3 credits)
  • Agroecological management of pests and diseases* (3 credits)
  • Participatory implementation in sustainable production systems* (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of microeconomics (2 credits)
  • Environmental and natural resources economics (3 credits)
  • Economics of climate change (3 credits)
  • Land use planning and conservation (3 credits)
  • Qualitative methods for participatory research and action (2 credits)
  • Rural development and institution building (3 credits)

Quarterly distribution of compulsory courses and directed research

I TRIMESTER II TRIMESTER III TRIMESTER
Technical and conceptual bases on agroforestry and sustainable agriculture (3 credits) Agroforestry with annual and perennial crops (3 credits) Climate Smart Agriculture (3 credits)
Silvopastoral systems: sustainable production and ecosystem services (3 credits) Sustainable Agricultural Systems and agrobiodiversity (3 credits) Elective course* (3 credits)
Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits) Agricultural and agroforestry planning of farms and economic considerations for their design and management (3 credits) Elective course* (3 credits)
Basis and tools for scientific research (3 credits) Curso electivo* (3 créditos) Sistemas de información geográfica (3 créditos) Thesis project (3 credits)
Research for development planning (1 credit)
IV TRIMESTER V TRIMESTER VI TRIMESTER
Investigación dirigida I (11 créditos) Investigación dirigida II (11 créditos) Investigación dirigida III (11 créditos)
* The student must pass at least eight elective credits that can be offered by the same master's degree or by one of the others.

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: http://orapro.catie.ac.cr:7778/CATIE_SIEP/PJ_SIEP/admision_maestria_academica.jsp

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Guillermo Detlefsen, Academic Coordinator 

gdetlef@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2150

International Scientific Master´s Degree in Economy, Development and Climate Change

This master's degree offers a unique opportunity for professional training in an intercultural, multidisciplinary, and high-quality academic environment. Thanks to a team of highly qualified professors and researchers, students receive a training process and strengthens their skills in addressing environmental problems from a perspective that combines economic and social dimensions.

An updated study program and a broad research agenda for the educators provides students with the training and exchange of ideas necessary to face the challenges of development in harmony with the environment, in an environment characterized by the urgent need to adapt to climate change and sustainable management of ecosystem services.

The master's degree contributes to CATIE's general mission by training professionals capable of proposing comprehensive solutions to the problems of poverty and social inequality in member countries, through efficient management of natural resources and ecosystems in general. Under this framework, the EDCC master's degree seeks to develop research capacity and policy analysis relevant to poverty alleviation and environmental management based on the use of tools and principles of environmental economics and sustainable development. The program lasts 18 months.

Objectives

The general objective of the master's degree is to provide our students with the scientific and technical tools necessary for the critical analysis of the different relationships between the economy, development, and climate change in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The master's approach is broad, which allows the student to emphasize and develop specific skills in particular aspects of these relationships.

The specific objectives of the EDCC master's degree are:

  • Provide an updated theoretical basis and a balanced menu of qualitative and quantitative tools to develop scientific studies that address environmental issues from an economic and social perspective.
  • Increase students' abilities to analyze and propose solutions in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • Improve the capacity to design and evaluate innovative public policies associated with ecosystem conservation, such as payments for environmental services.
  • Expand students´ skills to analyze and promote solutions that incorporate the economic valuation of environmental services.
  • Strengthen the capacity to understand rural development processes, community participation in the use of natural resources and the sustainability of livelihoods.

Admission profile

Aimed at university professionals from different disciplines interested in incorporating or improving their economic and social analysis skills to overcome the challenges of sustainable development and climate change. Being a broad study program, it is feasible that those who apply want to specialize in specific areas of study, such as economic assessment of environmental services, impact analysis of environmental policies, livelihoods approach and design of local management institutions, or other issues related to the economic and social dimension of climate change.

Graduate Profile

The person who graduates from the EDCC master's program will have strengthened their skills to:

i) Propose economic solutions to environmental problems of CC and development from employment positions in the private, public, and multilateral sectors.

ii) Identify economic instruments for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and variability.

iii) Develop useful scientific research projects for the design of public policies based on environmental economics, sustainable development, and their interface with climate change.

iv) Valuing ecosystem services and using their results in making public investment decisions.

v) Perform in the teaching academic field and continue studies at the doctoral level.

General structure and courses offered

For the Magister Scientiae degree, the student must pass a minimum of 66 credits: 30 academic and 36 research, as indicated below.

  • Basic or standard courses of all scientific master's degrees: three courses, with a total of 7 academic credits
  • Specialization courses in Economics, Development and Climate Change: five courses, for a total of 14 academic credits
  • Elective courses: a minimum of 9 academic credits between elective courses of the same program or courses offered by other master's degrees (these are chosen according to the individual study plan of each student)
  • Degree thesis: 36 research credits
  • English courses: emphasizes reading and comprehension in this language

Basic or standard courses of all scientific master's degrees (7 credits)

  • Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits)
  • Basis and tools for technical and scientific research (3 credits)
  • Research for development planning (1 credit)
  • English (does not have academic or research credits)

Specialization courses (14 credits)

  • Environmental and natural resources economics (3 credits)
  • Advanced Data Analysis Methods (2 credits)
  • Economics of climate change (3 credits)
  • Rural development and institution building (3 credits)
  • Cambio global y manejo de recursos naturales (3 créditos

Elective courses (at least 9 credits)

The student must pass at least nine credits and select between the elective courses of the same program or courses offered by other master's degrees. In addition to the elective courses to complete compulsory academic credits of the minimum required for the master's degree, you can also enroll in other electives of the same master's degree or of the others.

  • Fundamentals of microeconomics (2 credits)
  • Qualitative methods for research and participatory action (2 credits)
  • Economic evaluation of the environment (3 credits)
  • Courses to choose from other master's degrees at CATIE on a wide variety of topics

Quarterly distribution of compulsory courses and directed research

I TRIMESTERII TRIMESTERIII TRIMESTER
Environmental and natural resources economics (3 credits)Advanced Data Analysis Methods (2 credits)Rural development and institution building (3 credits)
Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits)Research for development planning (1 credit)Thesis project (3 credits)
Basis and tools for scientific research (3 credits)Global change and natural resource management (3 credits)Economics of climate change (3 credits)
Fundamentals of microeconomics (2 credits)  
Elective course of the same master's degree or anotherElective course of the same master's degree or anotherElective course of the same master's degree or another
IV TRIMESTERV TRIMESTERVI TRIMESTER
Directed Research I (11 credits)Directed Research II (11 credits)Directed Research III (11 credits)

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: http://orapro.catie.ac.cr:7778/CATIE_SIEP/PJ_SIEP/admision_maestria_academica.jsp

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Róger Madrigal, Academic Coordinator

rmadriga@catie.ac.cr

Tel. (+506) 2558-2082

International Scientific Master´s Degree in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity

This master's degree provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and updated approach in the management of tropical ecosystems for the production and conservation of forests and biodiversity. Its objective is to train professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental alternatives for the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, their integration into human development processes, as well as the comprehensive management of natural resources at a territorial and national scale, and its political and economic context, with the capacity to assume the leadership of effective and innovative knowledge generation and management processes. The master's degree lasts 18 months.

Objectives

Its objective is to train professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental alternatives for the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, their integration into human development processes, as well as the comprehensive management of natural resources at a territorial and national scale, and its political and economic context, with the capacity to assume the leadership of effective and innovative knowledge generation and management processes.

Admission profile

Aimed at professionals with a university degree in subjects related to natural resources, with an interest in the use and management of tropical ecosystems and the conservation of forests and biodiversity.

Graduate Profile

The graduate has a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and updated approach to the management of tropical ecosystems for the production and conservation of forests and biodiversity with strengthened capacities that:

i) Provides comprehensive and updated knowledge of the social, political, economic, and ecological challenges of managing biodiversity, forest ecosystems and their ecosystem services, to facilitate appropriate technical, scientific, and political decision-making in tropical regions, local, national, or international level.

ii) Has a technical and political impact on various sectors of society, to promote improvements to development, production, and conservation models in tropical regions, at the local, national or international level, based on the concepts of ecological, economic and social sustainability promoted by CATIE.

iii) Develops scientific research projects and validation of technologies for the sustainable management and improvement of territories, their ecosystems, functions, and services, in tropical regions, at the local, national or international level that integrate comprehensive and equitable human development in line with the approaches promoted by CATIE.

iv) Leads technically supported good governance processes to facilitate the sustainable management and restoration of territories, their ecosystems, production processes, functions, and services, in tropical regions at the local, national, or international level, in accordance with the approaches promoted by CATIE.

v) Implements technically well-supported ecosystem management processes with a landscape approach for the comprehensive sustainable use of management units, territories, and their forests in tropical regions, at the local, national, or international level, according to methods validated by CATIE

General structure and courses offered

For the Magister Scientiae degree, the student must pass a minimum of 66 credits: 30 academic and 36 research, as indicated below.

  • Basic or standard courses to all the scientific master´s degrees: three courses, with a total of 7 academic credits
  • Specialized courses in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity: six courses, for a total of 18 academic credits
  • Elective courses: a minimum of five academic credits to be selected between elective courses of the same program or courses offered by other master's degrees (they are chosen according to the individual study plan of each student)
  • Degree thesis: 36 research credits
  • English courses: emphasizes reading and comprehension in this language

Basic or standard courses to all scientific master´s degrees (7 credits)

  • Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits)
  • Basis and tools for technical and scientific research (3 credits)
  • Research for development planning (1 credit)
  • English (does not have academic or research credits)

Specialization courses (18 credits)

  • Ecological basis for the sustainable management of ecosystems (3 credits)
  • Challenges of forest and biodiversity management (3 credits)
  • Technical basis of the management, and the production and conservation of forests and biodiversity (3 credits)
  • Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Biodiversity conservation strategies (3 credits) *
  • Management of natural forests (3 credits) *
  • Silviculture of forest plantations (3 credits) *

* Must enroll at least two of these courses.

Elective courses (at least 5 credits)

The student must pass at least five credits and select between the elective courses of the same program or courses offered by other master's degrees. In addition to the elective courses to complete the required academic credits of the minimum required for the master's degree, the student can enroll in other electives from the same program or from other master's degrees.

Examples of elective courses

  • Global change and natural resource management (3)*
  • Landscape ecology (3 credits)*
  • Wildlife Management (3 credits)*
  • Courses to choose from other master's degrees at CATIE in a wide variety of topics.

* Master's elective courses

Quarterly distribution of compulsory courses and directed research

I TRIMESTER II TRIMESTER III TRIMESTER
Challenges of forest and biodiversity management (3 credits) Geographic information systems applied to resource management (3 credits) Biodiversity conservation strategies (3 credits)
Ecological bases for the sustainable management of territories and their ecosystems (3 credits) Technical basis of management for the production and conservation of forests and biodiversity (3 credits) Natural forests management (3 credits)
Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits) Elective course (3 credits) Silviculture of forestry plantations (3 credits)
Basis and tools for scientific research (3 credits) Research for development planning (1 credit) Elective course (3 credits)
Thesis project (3 credits)
IV TRIMESTER V TRIMESTER VI TRIMESTER
Directed Research I (11 credits) Directed Research II (11 credits) Directed Research III (11 credits)

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: http://orapro.catie.ac.cr:7778/CATIE_SIEP/PJ_SIEP/admision_maestria_academica.jsp

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Róger Villalobos, Academic Coordinator

rvillalo@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2169

International Scientific Master's Degree in Integrated Watershed Management

In this master's degree, we train professionals with management bases, leadership and capacity to make the management of natural resources viable under a management and co-management approach. Students acquire competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, skills, aptitudes and values to carry out the management, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives, rehabilitation, use and rational use of resources in watersheds. The approach is interdisciplinary, integral, systemic, participatory, collaborative and based on human beings, their needs and their harmonious relationship with the environment. The master's degree lasts 18 months.

Admission profile

Aimed at professionals with a university degree in areas related to natural resources, with an interest in the use and management of basins, water resources and territorial planning.

Graduate Profile

The person who graduates from the master’s degree in Integrated Watershed Management will have a work focus for Latin America and the Caribbean with capacities to:

i. Address current and future challenges on environmental, climatic, social, political, economic, and technological topics on the use and sustainable watershed management and their ecosystem services.

ii. Propose solutions to solve problems and critical conditions of the region´s basins, and utilize different tools related to the use and management of watersheds.

iii. Influence the empowerment, creation and strengthening of the capacities of multiple actors in participatory processes for good governance, management, application of policies and regulations of watersheds.

iv. Develop processes that support the basin management cycle, land use planning and integrated management of water resources, to address basin problems and opportunities.

v. Develop scientific and applied research to perform in academia, education and continue with doctoral studies.

vi. Formulate and implement watershed management plans through teamwork, in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary manner.

General structure and courses offered

For the Magister Scientiae degree, the student must pass a minimum of 69 credits: 33 academic and 36 research credits, as indicated below.

  • Basic courses or common to all scientific master's degrees: 3 courses, for a total of 7 academic credits.
    Courses of the specialty in Management and Integrated Watershed Management: six courses, for a total of 18 academic credits.
  • Elective courses: a minimum of eight academic credits among courses offered by other master's programs (chosen according to each student's individual study plan).
  •  Dissertation: 36 research credits.
  • English courses: emphasize reading and comprehension in English.

Basic or standard courses to all scientific master´s degrees (7 credits)

  • Statistical tools for research in agriculture and natural resources management (3 credits).
  • Bases and tools for technical and scientific research (3 credits).
  • Research Planning (1 credit).
  • English (no academic or research credits).

Specialization courses (18 credits)

  • Hydrology and hydraulics (3 credits)
  • Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Watershed management (3 credits)
  • Watershed management (3 credits)
  • Integrated water resources management (3 credits)
  • Land use planning and conservation (3 credits)
  • Watershed sanitation (2 credits)
  • Water-related disaster risk management (3 credits)

Elective courses (at least 8 credits)

In addition to the elective courses to complete mandatory academic credits of the minimum required for the master's degree, the student may enroll in other elective courses of the same master's degree or of other master's degrees. Examples of elective courses:

  • Silvopastoral systems: sustainable production and ecosystem services (3 credits)
  • Challenges of forest and biodiversity management (3 credits)
  • Environmental and natural resources economics (3 credits)
  • Economics of climate change (3 credits)
  • Economic evaluation of the environment (3 credits)
  • Qualitative methods for participatory research and action (2 credits)
  • Biodiversity conservation strategies (3 credits)
  • Participatory implementation of sustainable production systems* (3 credits)
  • Rural development and institution building (3 credits)
  • Natural forests management (3 credits)

Quarterly distribution of compulsory courses and directed research

I TRIMESTER II TRIMESTER III TRIMESTER
Hydrology and hydraulics (3 credits) Watershed management (3 credits) Watershed management (3 credits)
Geographic Information Systems (3 credits) Integrated water resources management (3 credits) Elective course (3 credits)
Statistical tools for research for development in agriculture and natural resource management (3 credits) Land use planning and conservation (3 credits) Elective course (3 credits)
Basis and tools for scientific research (3 credits) Research for development planning (1 credit) Thesis project (3 credits)
Elective course (3 credits)
IV TRIMESTER V TRIMESTER VI TRIMESTER
Directed Research I (11 credits) Directed Research II (11 credits) Directed Research III (11 credits)

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: http://orapro.catie.ac.cr:7778/CATIE_SIEP/PJ_SIEP/admision_maestria_academica.jsp

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Laura Benegas, Academic Coordinator

lbenegas@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2186

VIRTUAL MASTERS

Master´s Degree in Integrated Watershed Management

General objective

Strengthen and develop competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes in professionals who work or have an interest in the use, management and co-management of watersheds, based on the development of comprehensive, multidisciplinary, participatory, ecosystem and territorial approaches.

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: https://apps.catie.ac.cr/admisionmv/login

Duration

The master's degree has a duration of 18 months; of which, 12 months correspond to the courses for the development of the theoretical and conceptual, methodological and instrumental phases, and six months to the applied phase, also called Final Graduation Project.

Beneficiaries

The program will benefit professionals with a university degree from any discipline, active or interested in the planning and management of natural resources, management of water resources, environmental management, territorial management, management and co-management of basins processes, who seek to develop their capacities in processes associated with the participation of actors in watershed.

  Course Credits
1. Geographic information systems 3
2. Hydrology for watershed management 3
3. Hydraulic modeling for watershed management 3
4. Land use planning 3
5. Use and management of watersheds I 3
6. Use and management of watersheds II 3
7. Disaster risk management 3
8. Soil conservation and water harvesting technologies 3
9. Sanitation of watersheds 3
10. Formulation and management of projects for the administration of watersheds 3
11. Watershed Management, leadership and governance 3
12. Systematization of experiences in the management and management of watersheds 3
Graduate work project 4
Graduate work 20
TOTAL CREDITS (1 credit = 48 hours of dedication or effort, 36 correspond to courses, 4 to the graduate work project and 20 to graduate work) 60

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Laura Benegas, Academic Coordinator

lbenegas@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2186

Executive Master´s Degree in Agribusiness Management and Sustainable Markets (GANEMOS)

General objective

Strengthen competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes in professionals linked to or interested in agribusiness management that generate a positive impact at the local and international level.

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: http://apps.catie.ac.cr/admisionmv/login

Duration

The master's degree has a duration of 18 months; of which, 12 months correspond to the courses for the development of the theoretical and conceptual, methodological and instrumental phases, and six months to the applied phase, also called Final Graduation Project.

Beneficiaries

The program is aimed at professionals with a university degree in disciplines related to agricultural sciences, natural resources, rural development and business administration, active or interested in the management of profitable, environmentally responsible and socially just agribusinesses, with the intention of strengthening their skills to apply innovative approaches that promote competitiveness and the insertion of the actors at the base of the pyramid in value chains, and generate benefits for all its actors and improvements in their livelihoods.

Academic Offer

Courses

Credits

1.      Development: from the global to the local

3

2.      Sustainable agribusiness for development

3

3.      Organizational management for agribusiness

3

4.      Consolidation of organizational processes in agribusiness

3

5.      Administrative Management for agribusiness

3

6.      Financial Management for decision making

3

7.      Sustainable business models

3

8.      Sustainable Value Chains

3

9.      Development of products and services of high socio-environmental value

3

10.  Information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable agribusiness

3

11.  Management of inclusive human talent and ethics in sustainable agribusiness

3

12.  Innovation and differentiation strategies in markets with high socio-environmental value

3

Graduate work project

4

Graduate work (1 credit = 48 hours of dedication or effort; 36 correspond to courses, 4 to the graduate work project and 20 to graduate work)

20

TOTAL

60

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Adriana Escobedo, Academic Coordinator

escobedo@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2075

International Master´s Degree in Sustainable Tourism

CATIE and the University of North Texas (UNT) jointly offer this unique postgraduate degree in Latin America and the United States, which trains professionals for management and leadership in the international sustainable tourism industry. In this master's degree, we train professionals with leadership and the ability to make tourism management viable under a systemic approach that considers the biophysical, socioeconomic, and environmental dimensions. Our program offers knowledge, skills and scientific, and technical tools necessary to propose comprehensive solutions. In addition, it is taught in English and has a joint degree from both universities, as well as quality accreditation from SACS.

Organization of the master's degree

The courses are taught every six months and each advancement begins in August. The first two semesters of the master's degree are offered at UNT in Denton, Texas (correspond to what in the US is called the fall and winter semesters, that is, from August to May of the first year). During this period, the tourism and hospitality operational courses are taught, as well as the management courses. Summer (June-July) is a vacation period in which the student is expected to prepare for the second year.

During the month of August, you must move from the United States to Costa Rica. The second year begins at CATIE (Costa Rica) at the end of August and ends in mid-May with graduation (corresponds to the fall and winter semesters of the second year). During these semesters, courses on natural resource management, development and environmental policy in tourism are taught.

Courses of the master´s degree

UNT, Denton, Texas

  • Research Applications
  • International Sustainable Tourism
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Hotel and Restaurant Operations
  • Tourism Services Management and Marketing
  • Planning and Policy in Sustainable Tourism

CATIE, Costa Rica

  • Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Context and Challenges of Applied Sustainable
  • Development
  • Environmental Policies in a Changing World
  • Seminars in Sustainable Tourism: Experiences of Successful Practitioners in Costa Rica
  • Socio-Cultural Contexts of Sustainable Tourism
  • Development
  • Field Practical Professional Experience with Research Applications (Capstone)

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized university.
  • Weighted average in the GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 2.8 or its equivalent.
  • Acceptable score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) or the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

How to apply?

It is necessary to complete the application for admission and attach the supporting documents. All the above can be found in detail when creating a user at this link: http://apps.catie.ac.cr/admisionmv/login

For more information, contact us:

Ariadne Jiménez Head of Admissions Office

ajimenez@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2109

Eliécer Vargas, Academic Coordinator

evargas@catie.ac.cr

Ph. (+506) 2558-2103

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