Take the Next Step
You’re already on the path to building a successful career. Now it’s time to take the next step and add another accomplishment to your resume: a master’s degree. Recognizing the constraints preventing many working professionals from advancing their careers, we developed the Online Professional Master’s Degree in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to gain a competitive advantage and become leaders in their fields.
This 31-credit program features an accelerated course format that allows working professionals to complete all degree requirements within two years while maintaining full-time employment. Our online master’s degree program offers students access to internationally-recognized faculty who are at the forefront of interdisciplinary innovation. Students are admitted as a cohort with opportunities for networking and collaboration.
Courses are matched with the needs of industry and typically include a combination of recorded lectures, electronic discussion forums, assigned readings, independent and group assignments, and real-time online class meetings. Graduates leave with a strong foundation in the advanced principles and procedures of management and ethical leadership for the delivery of parks, recreation, tourism and sport services, including:
- Human resources
- Risk management
- Finance and budgeting
Click here to see a list of required courses and electives for this program.
This program has been a game changer in a positive way. I have already applied many of the things learned into my career. I was the recipient of the 2015 Georgia Recreation & Park Association New Initiative Grant, and was able to write a successful grant due to the lessons I learned in Fiscal Management. As this journey ends the possibilities are endless. I am eager to see what comes next both in my professional and personal life.”
Lindsey Pritchard, PRTSM Graduate 2016
93% of our students graduate from the online master’s degree progam in less than two years.
Three Reasons to Study Online
Our department’s online master’s program is designed for working professionals and students with active lifestyles. With our accelerated course format, you will be able to take one course at a time and still complete all degree requirements in two years.
An online master’s degree cost substantially less than its on-campus counterpart. Three-hour credits as an on-campus graduate student will cost you $2703.31 whereas an online three-hour credit class will cost you $1385.64. Plus, you’ll enjoy reduced fees overall and no mandatory health insurance charge — a savings of over $1300.
Research shows that online education can be more effective than traditional classroom instruction for some students. A 2009 study published by the U.S. Department of Education concluded that “students in online conditions performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction.”
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