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Program:
Master
College(s):
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department(s):
Civil, Environ, & Constr Engr

The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Travel Technology and Analytics, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and Computer Science (Departments of Computer Science; Industrial Engineering and Management Systems; Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering) and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management (Departments of Tourism, Events, and Attractions; Hospitality Services), introduces graduate students to the technical aspects of big data analytics, including predictive analytics, algorithm design and models for SMART-cities, SMART-technologies and travel systems, and service systems quality engineering, in the specific context of global travel and tourism. The value and importance of such a program is demonstrated by travel and tourism and is the number one industry globally with immense economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts. Locally, the program promises to deliver significant value for the industry benefitting from a large number of visitors to the state and especially central Florida.

This powerful industry with $8.3 trillion in economic benefits globally, which functions at the intersection of engineering and management, is being transformed by rapidly increasing technological innovations and advances and is adapting to these changes by creating new employment opportunities to match. The dynamic nature of the industry and technological advances reveal the need for a workforce with advanced skills: fluency in data science and analytics, understanding of complex travel systems, strategic problem solving, big-picture thinking, technical knowledge, and practical skills aligned with technological advances. The changing nature of travel and tourism employment reveals emerging positions in areas of online travel agencies [OTA], global distribution systems [GDS], data analytics, data architecture, predictive analytics, mobile devices, travel apps, geolocation, data visualization, data translation, programming, interface design, virtual reality [VR], augmented reality [AR], hologram technology, travel click technology, business intelligence [BI], social media management, SMART-city design and development, and SMART-technologies and travel systems. The broader travel industry and its subsectors (transportation, lodging, and attractions) are experiencing the disruptive effects of direct and indirect distribution impacted by mobile devices, e-commerce, role of IT in distribution and dynamic pricing, and a highly perishable inventory (e.g., hotel rooms, airline seats) as well as those of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and becoming increasingly more dependent on analytics as a key facet of business strategy.

Highlights:

  • Academically-rich, industry-relevant interdisciplinary program
  • Flexible course offerings in face-to-face, mixed and online modalities
  • Offered at UCF’s main campus and UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management campus
  • Exponential industry growth locally, regionally, nationally and globally
  • Cutting edge curriculum with a strong STEM foundation
  • Research opportunities in both colleges
  • Skills found highly desirable by industry leaders ranging from the local to the international levelĀ 

Tuition and Fees

UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

$369.65 per credit hour

The approximate tuition cost for one year in this program at UCF based on a full time schedule (30 credit hours per year)

UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

$1,194.05 per credit hour

The approximate tuition cost for one year in this program at UCF based on a full time schedule (30 credit hours per year)

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