Tourism - 964

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Transform your passion for tourism and travel into a lifelong rewarding career.

Program Highlights

  • Fully accredited and endorsed through Association of Canadian Travel Agencies.
  • Courses and content are directly aligned with current industry standards.
  • Wide range of presentations from industry professionals and local entrepreneurs.
  • Opportunity to graduate with Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) Certification.
  • Mohawk's Tourism Program provides a unique cross-section of education and training in all sectors of the Tourism Industry.

What you'll learn

Mohawk College’s Tourism Program offers an excellent broad-based program of study that provides information and training in all sectors of tourism.

  • Acquire specialized skills in Sabre and Apollo Reservation Systems.
  • Develop communication, business and industry-specific computer skills.

Did you know tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Visit Tourism Hamilton for attractions, events and more.

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Tourism is a BYOD program. Students are required to have a laptop equipped with a webcam. Tablets including iPads and Chromebooks are not compatible with our programming.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

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Program delivery

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Domestic and International student admission requirements

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,218.64$2,112.50
Total 1st Year Fees$4,331.14

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$8,805.00$8,730.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,535.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Hands-on use of travel and tourism computer software in our labs.
  • Attending trade shows, conferences and career fairs.
  • Experience interactive tourism industry simulations.
  • After successful completion of all required courses, you will complete a mandatory two-week unpaid Field Placement. You are responsible for sourcing your own placement.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 


Field Placement

Visit the Tourism Student Field Placement Partnership page for information on the field placement opportunities for this program!

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Overseas Destination Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Representative
  • Reservation Agent
  • Tourism Consultant
  • Cruise and Rail Professions

Where you could work includes:

  • Travel Agencies
  • Tour Wholesalers/Operators
  • Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
  • Government Agencies
  • Airlines/Airports
  • Tourism Call Centres

Opportunities for grads

  • Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) Certification
  • Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) Certification
  • Specialization certifications

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Tech requirements

Laptop Requirements

The Tourism Program is a laptop-based program. A laptop, meeting the following minimum system requirements, is needed for the first day of class - including all required software.

You can use this list to purchase a laptop at the retailer of your choice. We encourage you to compare prices and systems, and find the laptop that will suit your needs.

PC Platform – Windows operating system

This is a public relations industry standard (Not a Mac-based program).

If you already own a PC platform laptop (i.e. Dell/Toshiba etc.) with a Windows operating system, you will not be required to purchase a new laptop, providing you have the required hardware and software components already installed for the first day of class. The following is a list of the minimum system requirements you will need for Tourism courses (recognizing that most units currently available have higher specifications).

Minimum Requirements:

Windows 10
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome

  • Intel i5 or AMD Quad-Core A10-7300 APU, or equivalent with 64-bit support and 2.5 GHz or faster
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Min. 8 GB of RAM (10 GB recommended)
  • Min. 500 GB HDD
  • 2.6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • 1920 x 1080 recommended with 32-bit/64-bit video card; supports HiDPI display; requires dedicated video card or integrated video card with 2 Gigs VRAM
  • 12”- 17” screen size
  • Adobe Flash Player software required to export SWF files
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services*


It is not recommended that MacBooks be used, as the product is not a tourism industry standard. Courses will include training using PC platform software.

If you currently own a MacBook and you are concerned about compatibility, you will still need to ensure that you meet the hardware and software requirements, which includes having Microsoft Office Professional with Publisher.

Mac users will likely be required to set up a dual boot/parallel system, in order to operate their Microsoft software. It is recommended that you contact an authorized Mac dealer and service agent to assist you with this process.

Mac OS 10.x or newer
Safari 9.x or newer
Google Chrome

Required Equipment and Software

  • Computer mouse required

To download software and view student pricing details log into your MyMohawk account, on the left-hand navigation select Technology Solutions, Software Downloads, Download Software from the Web Store.

  • Microsoft Office (no cost)
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 with Publisher is free through your Mohawk College Office 365 account.
  • Microsoft Project (login for pricing details)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Student & Teacher Edition (login for pricing details)
    • Adobe Creative Cloud (All apps) – a monthly license is available directly from Adobe. Check online for pricing options.
    • *Adobe software purchased through Creative Cloud will meet the requirements of our program providing it includes the following programs, 2018 or newer: Photoshop CC/Illustrator CC/ InDesign CC/Acrobat XI Pro/Bridge CC/Media Encoder CC/Premiere Pro CC

*Please note that some specifications may be subject to change with the introduction of newer versions of the software packages that are available.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
Haven’t applied yet and have questions?
Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and more.

Contact Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

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Since I made the decision to enter at Mohawk College, I feel that my life changed. In the college I learned not only English, also I had the opportunity to study Tourism and Travel. During my two years in the program, I had a great experience. I learned many things and I shared good times with my friends. I believe that Mohawk College not only has good facilities, also has very qualified teachers that gave me the best guidelines to succeed. For me it is very important to mention the opportunity that Mohawk College gave me through the work placement, as it is because of this program I could find a job. In other words Mohawk College gave me the tools to succeed in the real world. I am very proud of graduating as a student of Mohawk College.
Luz Andrea, Tourism and Travel 2012 Honours Graduate

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The Tourism and Travel program at Mohawk College gave me exceptional knowledge and know-how to get where I am today. Thanks to the great program that provided detailed information of the tourism and travel industry, and incredible teachers that have years of experience in the field, I was able to put what I learned towards job interviews, and started working three months after graduation. I am now proud to be succeeding in my career as a Travel Consultant for Marlin Travel.
Amber, Tourism and Travel 2010 Graduate

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The time I spent as a student at Mohawk College in the Tourism and Travel program was both exciting and thrilling.  The professors were willing to share their real world experience and help to prepare me for my future at Airmiles both professionally and personally.  The decision to go back to school was the best decision of my life and I know that I will have the support of the professors going into my future.  Make it count!!
David, Tourism and Travel 2008 Graduate

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The course curriculum was fantastic; the in-depth knowledge and workplace insight of the instructors ensured that I was completely prepared to accelerate in my career.  With the guidance and encouragement of the Tourism and Travel faculty I secured a position before graduation in the Airline Industry.
Jennifer, Tourism and Travel 2008 Graduate

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The Tourism and Travel program is not only fun, but it prepares you for a career.  I emerged from this program with the knowledge and skills to secure a great job which I truly enjoy.  I owe my successes in this program to the faculty members who are knowledgeable, experienced, and caring. Your success in this program is their priority, and it shows.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in the travel industry!
Sandra, Tourism and Travel 2008 Graduate