Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Combined Degree Programs

The combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree form the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management with 12 credit hours of graduate coursework counting toward both degrees. The two degrees may be earned with a minimum of 138 credit hours for the thesis option (instead of the 150 required if the degree were pursued separately) and 145 credit hours for the non-thesis option (instead of the 157 credit hours if the degrees were pursued separately). Therefore, both degrees can be attained within a five year period, rather than the usual six years.

Students should apply to the combined degree program before the completion of the Fall semester of their Junior year. Interested students should contact an academic adviser during their freshman or sophomore year to ensure their eligibility.

Combined Degree Admission Requirements:

(Please note that admission is highly competitive and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.)

  •  Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher

Completion of the following courses with a B or better on the first attempt:*

  • LEI 3140 Philosophy and History of Recreation
  • LEI 3400 Recreation Programming and Leadership
  • LEI 3705 Leisure Services for People with Disabilities
  • 3 credit hours of option specific courses (i.e. LEI 4311, LEI 3360, LEI 3301, etc.)
  • 3 credit hours of cognate course
  • GRE is required as part of the application*

*Students may apply to the program without the completion of the GRE or grades in the listed courses. These students may be admitted conditionally.

Application Instructions:

  • Complete the Department Application for Entry into Combined Bachelors/Masters Program and the Combined Bachelors and Masters Degree Request
  • Meet with an Academic Adviser to ensure eligibility (verification of GPA)
  • Obtain approval from the Department of TRSM Undergraduate Coordinator
  • Obtain approval from the Department of TRSM Graduate Coordinator
  • Submit forms with coordinators’ signatures to Academic Adviser for final approval

Courses counting toward both degrees:

  • LEI 6513 Administrative Theories of Recreation and Leisure (substitute for LEI 3500)
  • LEI 5188 Trends in Leisure Studies (substitute for 3 credit cognate)
  • HLP 6535 Research Methods (substituted for LEI 4880)
  • Graduate Elective Course in student’s option area (substituted for 3 credit cognate)

Junior and Senior Year Semester Schedule for Combined Degree Students:

(Assuming the completion of all critical tracking, general education, Gordon Rule, MAR 3023, MAN 3025, and 3 credit cognate)

Fall Semester of Junior Year:

  • LEI 3140 Philosophy and History of Recreation
  • LEI 3400 Programming and Leadership
  • LEI 3705 Leisure Services for People with Disabilities
  • 6 credits option specific course (i.e. LEI 3843, LEI 3830, etc.)
  • Apply to combined degree program

Spring Semester of Junior Year:

  • LEI 6513 Administrative Procedures of Recreation and Leisure (substitute for LEI 3500)
  • LEI 5188 Trends in Leisure Studies (substitute for 3 credits of cognate)
  • LEI 3320 Leadership in Recreation
  • LEI 3500 Administration of Leisure Services
  • 3 credits of option specific courses
  • 3 credit cognate course

Fall Semester of Senior Year:

  • LEI 3921 Field Experience in Leisure Services
  • LEI 4800 Legal Aspects of Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • LEI 4570 Revenue Resources Management
  • HLP 6535 Research Methods (substitute for LEI 4880)
  • 3 credit graduate level elective course in option area (substitute for cognate course)

Spring Semester of Senior Year:

  • LEI 4940 Internship in Leisure Services
  • Graduate with B.S.
  • Apply for Graduate Admission (To continue in the Master’s program after graduating with the Bachelor of Science, combined degree students must submit an application for graduate admission to the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management by the set deadline during internship semester).