22 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Recreation Administration program at Southern Illinois University offers a broad interdisciplinary program of studies preparing students for careers in the recreation industry. 


Key Features

The Recreation Administration program at Southern Illinois University leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree with a major in recreation.

Graduate students in recreation must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours including a theory core, a research core, and a specialization. A student must have a minimum 3.0 (4.0 point scale) grade point to be eligible to graduate.

Graduate work in recreation stresses professional development and research and is open to highly qualified students. All students must be admitted to the Graduate School in good standing.

Recreation Administration degree is all about ‘fun’ ‘meaningful’ and ‘profitable’. Graduates of this major find rewarding jobs at:

  • Public parks and recreation departments
  • Nonprofit civic and religious organization
  • Municipal Parks & Recreation Departments
  • State and national parks
  • Campus recreation
  • Private Sports/recreation facilities
  • Tourism organization
  • Youth recreation and leadership program
  • Private resorts / Large scale commercial recreation
  • Other recreational venues

These are only a partial list of the many organizations across the 50 states and foreign countries, graduates will have fun and meaningful time on a daily basis because they provide diversified customers with a higher quality of life.

In more detail, the option in Recreation Administration provides five different emphases: programming, leadership, administration, management, and facilities. Each emphasis includes additional focused study that enables students to prepare for a career in a specific programmatic or organizational setting. Upon completion of this degree, the students are given opportunities for employment in a variety of agencies and organizations serving the leisure and recreational needs of people.

The current job market for Recreation field is also excellent. For example, Parks and Recreation has been recognized as one of the best degrees for finding a job (ranked #3, Yahoo Education, 2013). Based on the report of Recreation Management-Salary Survey 2011, the average salary of people with degrees in recreation management was $36,000 to $40,000 for entry-level positions; $40,000 to $52,000 for middle-management positions; and $62,000 to $99,000 or more for director positions.

Especially, the M.S.Ed. in Recreation Management offers a program of study that benefits students with the theory, knowledge, and skills needed assume upper-level managerial positions in both the public and commercial sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Managing & Marketing Leisure Services
  • Planning & Design of Recreation Facilities
  • Human Resources for Recreation Professions
  • Commercial Recreation
  • Campus Recreation
  • Modern Concepts of Leisure
  • Trends and Global Issues in Leisure Services

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 22 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 22 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 22 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 22 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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