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Master's in Parks, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism

About the Program

The Master's in Parks, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism Graduate Program combines coursework, research, and practical experiences to foster innovative leaders in the field. We focus on providing a solid theoretical and practical foundation for students to apply in a variety of recreation and leisure services settings. In addition to being well-known for our Outdoor Recreation & Education and Recreation Management specializations, we also welcome students interested in focusing their studies in other areas such as sustainable tourism, recreation for individuals with disabilities, gerontology, and others. Our cohort of students is an ideal size for fostering discussion, as each entering master's class has approximately 15 students. Small classes help foster discussion in and out of the classroom with our faculty and students. The strong connection that we enjoy with the Department of Campus Recreation and other campus partners allows us to capitalize on learning opportunities beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom.


Applications are accepted year-round. Typically, applications for both admission and financial aid for the next academic year should be received by February 15. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate College, applicants must provide the following materials before being considered for admission into the master’s program in Parks, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism:

  • Completed application for admission into the Graduate College, which is available online at
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • A two-page typed essay that includes information about your background and prior experience, your professional purpose and career goals, and how the Parks, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism program can help you to fulfill your goals.
  • A resume of your educational background and professional work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation using the recommendation form provided by the Graduate College. At least one reference must be from someone who can attest to your qualifications in your chosen field and at least one must be from an academic faculty member who can support your ability to produce successful academic work at the graduate level. Please be certain to identify your intended concentration before giving the form to the person providing the reference.
  • Applications are accepted year-round.Typically, applications for both admission and financial aid for the next academic year should be received by February 15. International students also must present TOEFL scores (minimum of written 575, computer 233, and online 79 for consideration) and apply by February 1.

    Requirements for admission into the Graduate College at Ohio University can found at the Graduate College. Note: You must request official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) be sent directly from the testing agency. Student-supplied photocopies are not accepted as official, but may be included for review and to assist with official score matching. The Ohio University reporting code is 1593.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Components Credits
Parks, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism Core  9
Areas of Specialization 9
Graduate Certificate 9-15
Capstone Experience 3
Total 30

View the Course Catalog entry for detailed requirements and curriculum.

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For more information,  contact:

Dr. Andrew Szolosi
Program Coordinator,
Parks, Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism
Patton College of Education
Patton Hall 202L
Athens, OH 45701