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Recreation Studies, M.Sc.

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University rank #601 (WUR) Athens, OH, United States
The department’s mission is to improve wellbeing through physical activity, recreation and sport. This mission is achieved through quality academic coursework, experiential learning, scholarship and service to the university, community and related professions.


Program Overview:

The Recreation Studies Graduate Program combines coursework, research, and practical experiences to foster innovative leaders in the field. Experiential based learning components are widely available in courses and practicums. We focus on providing a solid theoretical and practical foundation for students to apply in a variety of recreation and leisure services settings. In addition to being well-known for our Recreation Management and Outdoor Recreation & Education specializations, we also welcome students interested in focusing their studies in other areas such as sustainable tourism, recreation for individuals with disabilities, gerontology, and others.

Our cohort of students is an ideal size for fostering discussion, as each entering master’s class has approximately a dozen students. Small classes help foster discussion in and out of the classroom with our faculty and students. We have impressive facilities available for learning opportunities. Our program is housed with Lindley Hall (2015-2016), with our eventual transition to the newly renovated McCracken Hall.

The Recreation Studies program also relies on a variety of Campus Recreation facilities for instructional and learning experiences, including the Ping Student Recreation Center, the Golf and Tennis Center, Bird (Ice) Arena, the Aquatic Center, and the Challenge Course. The strong connection that we enjoy with the Division of Campus Recreation allows us to capitalize on learning opportunities beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom.

Opportunities for Graduates:

Upon completion of the degree, students should qualify for direct leadership, supervisory, and administrative positions in a wide variety of professional settings. Some of these settings include municipal recreation and park departments; state and federal parks and protected areas; youth service agencies; residential camps; non-profit civic and religious organizations; private/commercial agencies; campus recreation programs; tourism enterprises; and adventure programs and guide services. Program graduates should also be qualified to pursue an advanced degree in recreation and leisure studies or a related discipline. Many program graduates continue on to pursue a Ph.D. with the goal of contributing to the discipline from within the ranks of academia.

Graduation Requirements:

The Recreation Studies graduate program aims to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience that includes appropriate coursework and practical experiences in recreation. Students who pursue a Masters Degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. The information that follows outlines the specific curriculum components of the program and highlights the available options students have for completing their capstone experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marketing for Recreation & Leisure Services
  • Parks and Protected Areas Management
  • Convention & Event Planning
  • Financial Management in Recreation & Leisure Services      
  • Management & Leadership in Sport
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Budgeting
  • Introduction to Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • Student Development Theory
  • The Helping Relationship in Higher Education
  • Environmental Interpretation
  • Parks and Protected Areas Management
  • Principles of Ecotourism
  • Facilitating the Adventure Experience
  • Wilderness Literature

Detailed Programme Facts

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    If no deadline is posted, applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior (students who need to apply for a Visa at least 8 months prior).

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Master’s program: A U.S. bachelor's-equivalent degree from a government-recognized/accredited institution.
  • Admission to graduate study requires a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign institution with a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Students with degrees from US institutions that are not regionally accredited may be admissible with supplemental application materials.

Tuition Fee

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    21360 USD/year
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  • National

    11896 USD/year
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Living costs for Athens

  • 1079 - 1780 USD/month
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