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.
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.
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.
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