Graduate Studies in Recreation Administration

The Master of Science degree program in recreation and leisure studies, with a specialization in Recreation Administration, is designed to prepare students for supervision, administration, and management of recreation programs and park facilities.

The basic core courses (12 credits) which provide the framework for the Master's Degree program consist of:

The Master's student whose focus is in Recreation Administration will additionally take the specialization courses (12 credits):

The student may choose from the following departmental electives for their remaining 6-12 credits (at minimum):

Master's degree students may choose either a thesis or a special project for their culminating experience:

Master's Thesis

Thesis Seminar (REC 590) and Thesis - 6 credits

This program is designed for the student who eventually plans to acquire an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in order to teach in a college or university, or to pursue a career in recreation and leisure research, or to be eligible for high state and federal supervisory positions.

Special Project

Special Project (REC 588) - 3 credits
In lieu of the thesis, the student takes one additional course in the area of specialization and must complete a special project: A project or real life type of examination. The idea is to offer students a practical, relevant, and meaningful choice.

Application deadline

Rolling admissions. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Lee deLisle, at for application and enrollment questions.