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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recreation and Leisure Studies, MS

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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.

Degree Requirements

Students with a career interest in program management take the following 9 hours of elective courses:

Students with a career interest in therapeutic recreation take the following 9 hours of elective courses:

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Thesis Option:

Students selecting the thesis option will register for 6 hours of thesis credit and will complete a 6-hour minor.

Non-Thesis Option:

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.

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