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Recreation Administration

The Master of Science degree program in Recreation & Leisure studies, with a specialization in Recreation Administration, is designed to prepare students for supervision, administration, and management of recreation organizations, programs and facilities.


Recognizing that many graduate students have experience in the recreation profession, our goal is to help you identify areas that you would like additional knowledge and practical applications. In addition to the core courses, you may choose courses from the Recreation Tourism & Sport Management (RTSM) Department or from other departments that offer courses that meet your needs. The option is yours!

Up to nine credits of graduate work from other university programs may be counted towards your degree.

Required core courses (12 credits) provide the framework for the Master's Degree program:

  • Foundations of Leisure and Recreation
  • Park and Recreation Management
  • Operational Research in Recreation
  • Leadership and Supervision of Leisure Services

Specialization courses and electives (up to  twenty-one credits) from the following list can be selected towards the required total of thirty-six credits.

  • Planning and Development of Recreation Programs and Leisure Services
  • Seminar in Recreation Administration
  • Emerging Leisure Issues in Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Designs for Park and Recreation Facilities
  • Socio-Leisure Needs of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
  • Recreation Needs and Interests in Society
  • Practicum in Park and Recreation Service
  • Leisure Education
  • Recreation Education Curriculum Development
  • Innovation in Recreation Education
  • Grantsmanship
  • Directed Independent Study 
  • Options from Other Departments


Master's degree students may choose either a thesis, special project or comprehensive exam for their culminating experience:

Thesis Seminar (REC 590) and Thesis - 6 credits
This program is designed for the student who eventually plans to acquire a Ph.D. in order to teach in a college or university, or to pursue a career in recreation and leisure research, or to be eligible for high level state and federal supervisory positions.

Special Project (REC 588) - 3 credits
In lieu of the thesis, the student takes one additional course and completes a special project: A project is a deliverable product that has practical applications in a professional or academic setting.

You may choose to take an additional course and apply for the no credit comprehensive exam.



All admission materials are available at Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Lee J. deLisle, at for any questions.