Parks and Recreation Management, MS

The MS in Parks and Recreation Management requires 36 semester hours. Students may choose one of the following two concentrations: leisure services management or therapeutic recreation.

The student, after discussing career goals with his/her advisor, may choose either the thesis or non-thesis option. If the student selects the non-thesis option, the advisor will determine (based on amount of professional experience) whether the student completes a project, an internship, or a combination of a project and an internship. For example, a student choosing the non-thesis option and having minimal professional experience will be required to complete an internship. Students must meet with their advisor or the Director of Graduate Study before registering for any coursework.

Application and Admission

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a current resume and a professional statement including career goals. Interviews are encouraged for all applicants and required for graduate assistants. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in recreation and parks and/or appropriate professional experience will be required to take one undergraduate course from their concentration; i.e., RPM 241. Students in the therapeutic recreation concentration will be required to take two of the following three courses; i.e., RPM 231, RPM 332, RPM 338.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (9 hours)

CTR 611Foundations of Recreation and Parks

3

CTR 613Recreation and Parks Management

3

Select one of the following:

CTR 614Organizational Behavior in Recreation and Parks

3

CPS 606Organizational Conflict: Theories and Practices

3

MBA 710Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Business

3

SOC 605Sociology of Organizations

3

Concentration (6-9 hours)

Community Recreation Management (9 hours)

CTR 645Financial Trends in Recreation and Parks

3

CTR 646Seminar: Community Recreation Management

3

Select one of the following:
PSC 520Urban Political System

3

PSC 540Nonprofit Management and Leadership

3

PSC 600Public Administration and Management

3

PSC 601Politics of Public Policy

3

PSC 613Local Government Administration

3

PSC 615Human Resource Development and Performance Management

3

CPS 600Fundamentals of Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies

3

CPS 601Global Intercultural Conflict Transformation

3

CPS 606Organizational Conflict: Theories and Practices

3

Therapeutic Recreation (9 hours)

CTR 633Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

3

CTR 634Advanced Procedures in Therapeutic Recreation

3

CTR 637Advanced Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation

3

Research Techniques (9 hours)

CTR 612Research Applications in Recreation and Parks

3

Select one of the following:

ERM 517Statistical Methods in Education

3

HEA 604Public Health Statistics

3

KIN 610Statistical Methods for Kinesiology

3

Select one of the following:

ERM 604Methods of Educational Research

3

GRO 620Research Methods in Gerontology

3

SOC 616Advanced Research Methods

3

KIN 601Applying Research to Professional Practice

3

Specialized Line of Study (3-9 hours)

With the approval of his/her advisor, the student selects 3 to 9 hours of 500- to 700-level coursework that constitute a specialized knowledge base relevant to the student’s academic and professional interests and goals.

Capstone Experience (6 hours)

Select one of the following:

CTR 697Internship in Recreation and Parks

3–6

CTR 698Field Project in Recreation and Parks

3–6

CTR 697Internship in Recreation and Parks

3–6

and

CTR 698Field Project in Recreation and Parks

3–6

CTR 699Thesis

1–6


 

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