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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management prepares students for planning and management careers in parks, recreation, tourism, golf, and sport. We are a national leader in research and extension, dedicated to finding real solutions for real problems and helping communities and people thrive.

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of concentration areas. Since 2000, we’ve graduated over 2,000 students with baccalaureate degrees and more than 500 students with Master’s or other advanced degrees. Relevant coursework is paired with hands-on field work and service learning opportunities specific to a student’s chosen specialty. In addition, students conduct research, participate in national consortiums and learn on-the-job through internships and co-ops.

PRTM places a heavy emphasis on research for our faculty and students. As part of a tier-one research university, we have the people and the skills needed to advance knowledge and develop innovations that solve real problems. PRTM researchers are deeply engaged in work in four broad areas:  Health and Well-BeingHuman Dimensions of Built and Natural EnvironmentsEquitable and Sustainable Tourism, and Geospatial Methods and Models.

The department’s various management schools taught through the Oglebay Resort National Training Center have certified over 10,000 professionals since 1975. In addition, PRTM’s Recreation Resources Service (RRS) offers technical assistance and applied research and training programs to recreation providers across North Carolina.

Our Tourism Extension program helps individuals and communities across the state enhance economic development and quality of life through tourism.

PRTM also provides leadership and thousands of volunteer hours for the N.C. Senior Games, and assists local agencies with their park and recreation programs through a thriving service learning program. LEARN MORE >>>

Our faculty includes nationally-known experts who are well-known for their expertise in:

  • recreation behavior
  • planning and resource development
  • natural resources planning
  • tourism planning and development
  • park and protected area management
  • program marketing and development
  • youth development and sport management
  • golf management
  • geospatial sciences


In the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management we strive to understand the importance of diversity, both intellectually and emotionally.  It is only when the head and the heart work together that positive change takes place.

Through our Community for Diversity in Natural Resources we work to ensure that all our faculty, staff, students, and alumni feel welcome here. We accomplish this through partnerships and collaborations with other colleges, industry, government and non-government agencies, communities, and you – whether you are a student, a member of our faculty or staff, an alumnus/alumna, or a friend.

NC State University is dedicated to equality of opportunity. The University does not condone discrimination against students, employees or applicants in any form. NC State commits itself to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability. In addition, NC State welcomes all person without regard to sexual orientation.