Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Students in the master's degree program have three option areas from which to choose:

  • Park and Recreation Management
  • Sport Management
  • Tourism Management

A candidate for the M.S. degree must spend at least one semester on campus and complete a minimum of 36 graduate hours. Students select a thesis or a non-thesis option to fulfill their requirements. The thesis option requirements include 12 hours of core course work in RST, 1 critical issues course (4 hours), 8 hours of research methods, 8 hours of electives, and 4 hours of thesis. Students selecting the non-thesis option are required to complete 20 hours in core course work in RST, one critical issues course (4 hours), and 12 hours of electives. A full-time student can complete the program in three or four semesters.

Additionally, students can earn a Master of Science degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism online. Consisting of nine courses in 8-week segments starting every two months, the degree can be completed in 18 months. Designed and taught by expert faculty and instructors, students are engaged in collaborative projects, culminating in a professional paper.
 

RST Graduate Manual

RST Graduate Manual can be accessed at this link.

 

 

 

Thesis Option: 36 hours

Required Courses:

  • RST 501 – Concepts and Applications in RST – 4 hours

Select 2 of 3 – 8 hours

  • RST 512 – Managing RST Organizations
  • RST 515 – Marketing in RST
  • RST 516 – Finance and Budgeting in RST

Coursework to Support Option Area (required) – 4 hours

  • RST 502 – Critical Issues in Recreation
  • RST 520 – Critical Issues in Sport
  • RST 530 – Critical Issues in Tourism

Coursework to Support Option Area (elective) – 8 hours

Research Methods – 8 hours

Thesis Hours – 4 hours

Coursework to support option area should be selected in consultation with your advisor.

Non-Thesis Option: 36 hours

Required Courses:

  • RST 501 – Concepts and Applications in RST – 4 hours

Management Core - 16 hours

  • RST 512 – Managing RST Organizations
  • RST 515 – Marketing in RST
  • RST 516 – Finance and Budgeting in RST
  • RST 594SM – Strategic Management

Option Area Coursework (Select 1) – 4 hours

  • RST 502 – Critical Issues in Recreation
  • RST 520 – Critical Issues in Sport
  • RST 530 – Critical Issues in Tourism

Coursework to Support Option Area – 12 hours

Coursework to support option area should be selected in consultation with your advisor.