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graduate studentsThe quality of the master’s programs in parks, recreation, and tourism management is nationally recognized. The quality of the Department’s faculty, facilities, and graduate students is outstanding. As evidence of this quality, NC State University is successful in placing master’s graduates in various professional positions and doctoral programs throughout the United States.

The emphasis of the Master of Science degree is the application of social science theory and research in solving management and policy problems. This degree requires the in-depth study of an issue or topic in recreation, tourism or sport management. Students seeking this degree must have an interest in pursuing independent research. This degree is often used as the foundation for continuing graduate studies and obtaining a doctoral degree.

The Master of Science program allows each student to develop a plan of study and research that is challenging and stimulating, Working with an advisor and faculty committee, students select specific courses and research activities to meet their research and career objectives.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours is required to receive the Master of Science degree in PRTM.

Required Courses:

PRT 701Advanced Research Methods in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management3 hours

Course Description Hours  
PRT 500 Conceptual Foundations of Recreation 3 hours
ST 507 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hours
PRT 695 Master’s Thesis (MS Degree) 1-6 hours


Electives Courses – 13-19 hours

Students can enroll in elective courses in following emphasis areas:

  • Recreation Management (RM)
  • Sport Management (SM)
  • Tourism Management (TM)

See a partial list of our suggested electives.

Admissions Requirements

Deadlines: Fall Admission: February 15th    Spring Admission: October 15

We should have your completed application by the appropriate deadline if you wish to be considered for an assistantship.

Apply Online using our convenient web-based application system.

Original Transcripts are to be sent at the address:

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
College of Textiles, 1020 Main Campus Drive
Room 2320B
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695-7102

You can visit the Education Testing Service (ETS) and submit a request to have your GRE score report sent to NCSU. The institutional code number for North Carolina State University is 5496.

Admission Criteria:

  • Typically a 3.0 undergraduate overall GPA or higher.
  • Acceptable GRE scores on quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two of the three from academic sources, i.e., professors)
  • Personal statement: Describing your research interests, career goals, work experience, and academic honors and achievements. Also, you can include experiences and traits that will contribute to the enrichment or diversity of the University or community, beyond your academic credentials.

International Students

In order to be eligible for admission to the Graduate School all international applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate proficiency in English at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program at NC State. For the requirements please read further here.

Review Procedure

  • All graduate applications are received online by the NC State University Graduate School (Do NOT send copies to the department). You can access the application on the site NCSU Graduate School Online Application.
  • The Graduate School notifies the department when an application has been received.
  • The departmental review process begins after your application has been completed.
  • The PRTM Graduate Faculty reviews all applications.
  • The PRTM Graduate Faculty may recommend full admission, provisional admission or deny admission.
  • Based on the PRTM Graduate Faculty recommendation, the Director of the Graduate Program (DGP) notifies the NC State Graduate School of your acceptance, provisional acceptance or denial into the program.
  • You are notified regarding the decision by the NC State University Graduate School and not by the department.
  • If you have requested financial assistance on your application and have received departmental funding, you will be notified by the department.
  • You will receive additional communication from the department regarding orientation, registration for classes and advisor assignment.