The Master of Science degree program with a major in recreation, event and sport management (RESM) is designed to prepare students for management-level positions within the recreation, event and sport management field, or for further graduate work in recreation or sport.
Career opportunities include leadership and management positions in various agencies such as municipal recreation departments, not-for-profit agencies, resorts, military bases, commercial recreation enterprises, sport facilities, schools, state or federal agencies, parks, outdoor education centers, camps, YMCAs, intramural and campus recreation programs, corporations and fitness clubs, and professional and semi-professional sports organizations as well as college athletics.
In their research, RESM faculty employ various methods and techniques also used in professional practice. Specific research examples include administration of leisure services, community and economic aspects of recreation and sport events, and recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Financial support for research programs is generated by the faculty from internal university resources and external grants and contracts.
The graduate program in RESM provides a 36-hour Master of Science degree.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants for admission into the RESM graduate program must submit a letter of application, current resume, one page statement of career interest and two letters of reference pertaining to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate work. These materials should be sent to the RESM program coordinator.
Students without an undergraduate degree in recreation, parks, or leisure studies may be required to take up to 9 hours of prerequisite or corequisite course work.
Core courses, 15 hours
Every student is required to take 15 hours of core courses:
Program management career interest, 9 hours
Students with a career interest in program management take the following 9 hours of elective courses
Therapeutic recreation career interest, 9 hours (not currently accepting students)
Students with a career interest in therapeutic recreation take the following 9 hours:
Students selecting the thesis option will register for 6 hours of thesis credit and will complete a 6-hour minor.
Students selecting the non-thesis option will register for the course listed below and will complete a 9-hour minor. Non-thesis students will complete a written comprehensive examination appropriate to the selected interest area.
Additional course requirements
Students with no work experience in recreation and leisure services and those preparing for certification in therapeutic recreation with no prior therapeutic recreation internship will be required to complete the course listed below as a deficiency (does not count on the degree plan).
Area of emphasis, 6–9 hours
An area of emphasis (6–9 hours) to complete the 36-hour program is selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. Recommended areas of emphasis include public administration, sociology, computer science, education, business, psychology, rehabilitation studies, gerontology, kinesiology and health promotion.