Online Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

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About Our Degree Program

The online Master of Science degree from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism provides you a quality and highly accessible education, ensuring that you are prepared to meet the changing requirements of the recreation, sport and tourism industry.

  • High ranking program and university
  • Graduate in 18 months
  • Ideal for working professionals
  • Cost effective compared to other online programs
  • 100% online delivery; no campus visit required
  • 36 credit, non-thesis degree
  • No GRE scores required
  • No background in RST required
  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
  • Federal financial aid available

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Alumni Perspectives

“The University of Illinois online Master of Science degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism has opened up my options within the profession. It has helped me receive promotions more quickly and has given me the education and lifelong resources to help me be a valuable asset to the department and community I serve daily.”

  • Katheryne Bradbury
  • Director of Healthy Active Living
  • Citiparks, Pittsburgh

“The University of Illinois Online Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism program provided me a valuable opportunity to pursue a graduate degree while continuing to work full-time on growing my career in college athletics administration. I was able to take the knowledge and skills that I gained during my master’s program and immediately implement them with my employer. My Illinois degree has opened doors and provided essential tools to assist me in earning promotions as I continue to advance in my career as a college athletics administrator. The flexibility of the program, along with great communication from faculty and staff, creates a perfect situation for a working sports professional to pursue a master’s degree”

  • Chris Lynn
  • Associate AD - Development
  • Louisiana Tech University

Important Dates

Spring 2019

  • Application deadline: December 12, 2018
  • First 8 week courses: 1/2/2019-2/26/2019
  • Second 8 week courses: 3/6/2019-4/30/2019

Summer 2019

  • Application deadline: April 15, 2019
  • First 8 week courses: 5/1/2019-6/25/2019
  • Second 8 week courses: 6/26/2019-8/20/2019

Fall 2019

  • Application deadline: August 15, 2019
  • TBA

Tuition & Fees

The RST online MS degree features a flat-rate tuition—no additional cost for out-of-state or international students. Cost of the program for the 2018-2019 academic year is $686 per credit hour including fees. Veteran benefits apply.

Financial aid is available.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (4.0 grading scale) in the last 60 credit hours/two years from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • NO GRE is required
  • Application fee
  • For international applicants – Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL iBT – greater than 102; IELTS – greater than 7.0)

Application checklist

For more information, contact Timothy Tiger, Program Coordinator or call 217-333-3629