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:
- Foundations of Leisure and Recreation
- Park and Recreation Management
- Operational Research in Recreation
- Leadership and Supervision of Leisure Services
The Master's student whose focus is in Recreation Administration will additionally take the specialization courses (12 credits):
- Planning and Development of Recreation Programs and Leisure Services
- Seminar in Recreation Administration
- Emerging Leisure Issues in Recreation and Leisure Studies
- Designs for Park and Recreation Facilities
The student may choose from the following departmental electives for their remaining 6-12 credits (at minimum):
- Socio-Leisure Needs of Individuals with Disabilities
- Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
- Recreation Needs and Interests in Society
- Practicum in Park and Recreation Service
- Leisure Education
- Recreation Education Curriculum Development
- Innovation in Recreation Education
- Directed Independent Study
Master's degree students may choose either a thesis or a special project for their culminating experience:
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 (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.
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