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Application Process

Advance your career with continuing education in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management.

Online graduate students are admitted through NC State’s Graduate School. Faculty in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management review applications and then make recommendations regarding admission of applicants to the program. The first step in the process is to complete our online application, which can be accomplished in one session or several sessions depending on your preference. Click here to get started.

Note: The Online Master’s in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management program only admits students prior to the fall semester, with only a fall semester start date allowed. Students cannot apply for admission to start in the spring semester, although applications are accepted year-round.

Admission Criteria:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcript of all completed degrees
  • Resume, CV, or abbreviated work history document
  • Three letters of recommendation (including at least one academic reference)
  • Personal statement (see below for more details)

Note: The GRE requirement will be waived for the 2022 application period.

Application Guidelines

Your personal statement (1-2 pages) should focus on your professional interests and how this degree will help you meet those interests and goals. We suggest that you list your goals and objectives at the beginning of the personal statement to make it easier for faculty to review your application. Please also attach your resume (1-2 pages) to your application.

International Students
Our department welcomes graduate students from universities all around the world. For international students, the NC State Graduate School has a few extra requirements:

  • Acceptable TOEFL scores of at least 80 on the internet-based version. Section O: English Proficiency Requirements of the Graduate Handbook lists minimum scores for each section). Scores should be no more than 2 years old.

A Visa Clearance Form and a Certificate of Financial Responsibility before a final admission decision can be made.