About the Program
The online masters degree provides students with a solid professional and business education designed to advance their career development in parks, recreation, tourism, and sport industries. The courses are matched with the needs of industry. The faculty are national and international leaders in their fields who are dedicated to providing students with the skills they will need to lead and to gain a competitive advantage in their chosen field. Students can continue to work full-time while taking one course at a time and still complete all degree requirements in two years.
The flexible learning environment accommodates the demands of full-time employment. The contemporary instructional methods emphasize group discussions, frequent interactions with faculty and meaningful assignments which provide valuable skills and knowledge critical for career advancement.
Successful Graduates Demonstrate:
- an in-depth knowledge of the conceptual foundations of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport;
- an in-depth knowledge of the impacts of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport on active-healthy lifestyles and sustainable communities, and their connection to contemporary societal issues;
- a foundation in advanced principles and procedures of management and ethical leadership (e.g., administration, marketing, human resources, risk management, finance and budgeting) for the delivery of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport services; and
- the ability to apply basic principles of research and evaluation related to recreation, parks, tourism, and sport services.
Master’s Program Features:
- 31 Credit Hours to Graduate
- Accelerated Course Format delivered through a variety of online technologies that facilitate student-to-student and student-to-instructor interactions. Students take one course at a time for 7 weeks (2 courses per 15 week semester).
- No GRE is Required for applicants with a minimum of two years full-time professional work experience. Applicants with less than two years work experience will be required to take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) to be considered for admission into the program.
- Students Admitted as a Cohort in the fall semester of each year. Admitted students will attend an on-campus orientation at the beginning of their first semester (mid August) and a mid-degree check-up and workshop at the beginning of their second year (mid August).
- Emphasis on Key Management Functions indicative of parks, recreation, tourism and sport industries ensure students graduate with a mastery of advanced principles and procedures of management and ethical leadership (e.g., administration, marketing, organizational behavior, risk management, finance and budgeting) for the delivery of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport services.
Students must complete 22 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of electives (30 credit hours total) to graduate.
PRT 500: Conceptual Foundations in Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 503: Advanced Fiscal Management for Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 504: Data Management and Evaluation in Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 505: GIS and Spatial Analysis in Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 506: Organ. Behavior and Leadership in Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 507: Strategic Marketing Management in Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 508: Risk Management for Parks, Recreation Tourism & Sport
PRT 650: E-Portfolio
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Total Degree Hours