Recreation and Leisure Studies Degree Program
The Master of Science degree program with a major in recreation and leisure studies is designed to prepare students for management-level positions within the leisure service field, or for further graduate work in recreation and leisure studies.
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.
In their research, recreation and leisure studies 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 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.
Master of Science Degree Program
The graduate program in recreation and leisure studies provides a 36-hour Master of Science degree, with opportunities for students to take course work in program management.
Additional Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission into the recreation and leisure studies graduate program must submit a current resume and two letters of reference pertaining to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate work. These materials should be sent to the recreation and leisure studies program coordinator.
Students without an undergraduate degree in recreation, parks, or leisure studies are required to take up to 9 hours of prerequisite or corequisite course work.