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Program Requirements

Curriculum Components

Credits

Recreation Studies Core

13

Areas of Specialization

9-11

Electives

6-8

Capstone Experience

6

Total

36

Core Courses (13 hrs)

  • REC 6010 Trends & Global Issues in Recreation & Leisure (3 cr)
  • REC 6170 Sport & Leisure in Society (3 cr)
  • REC 6490 Administration of Recreation & Leisure Services (3 cr)
  • EDRE 5010 Introduction to Research Methods (4 cr)

Areas of Specialization (min. 9 hrs)

Recreation Management (select 3 of the following courses)

  • REC 5430 Marketing for Recreation & Leisure Services (3 cr)
  • REC 5460 Parks and Protected Areas Management (3 cr)
  • REC 5620 Convention & Event Planning (3 cr)
  • REC 6011 Financial Management in Recreation & Leisure Services (3 cr)
  • COED 6540 Management & Leadership in Sport
  • MPA 6200 Introduction to Public Administration (3 cr)
  • MPA 5860 Public Budgeting (3 cr)

Campus Recreation (complete the following 3 courses)

  • EDHE 5880 Introduction to Higher Education & Student Affairs (3)
  • EDCP 5210 Student Development Theory (4)
  • EDCP 6300 The Helping Relationship in Higher Education (4)

Outdoor Recreation & Education (select 3 of the following courses)

  • REC 5400 Environmental Interpretation (3 cr)
  • REC 5460 Parks and Protected Areas Management (3 cr)
  • REC 5550 Principles of Ecotourism (3 cr)
  • REC 5740 Facilitating the Adventure Experience (3 cr)
  • REC 5800 Wilderness Literature (3 cr)
  • REC 6750 Advanced Concepts & Issues in Adventure Programming (3 cr)
  • REC 6800 Philosophy of Experiential Education (3 cr)

Electives (6-8 hrs)

Students must complete from six to eight credit hours of elective coursework to fulfill the total number of credit hours required to earn the master’s degree. Courses should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor. Students electing to complete a thesis must take at least one additional research class to fulfill the elective credit hours.

Capstone Experience (6 hrs)

Thesis Option

  • REC 6950 Thesis Research (6 cr)

Non-thesis Option

Students who elect to complete the non-thesis option must complete comprehensive exams, a practically-oriented professional project, or a mentored writing project in lieu of the thesis. Students electing this option must complete six (6) hours of additional coursework. Courses must be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisors and should support continued growth in the student’s professional area of interest. These courses should also complement the work of students who elect to complete the professional project or mentored writing project.

 

 

 

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