Master’s Degrees and Concentrations
- Natural Resource Recreation
Students may select elective courses from the graduate courses offered by the Department or they may select courses from other departments on campus such as education, sociology, psychology, gerontology, business, management, public relations, forestry, urban planning, exercise physiology, health promotion and wellness, and many others. The University of Florida has excellent educational and instructional facilities and is one of the few public university members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management also has fully qualified and certified faculty in each of the emphasis areas offered by the program. Final responsibility for knowing and meeting the academic policies of the Graduate School always rests with the student.
Courses and Credits
Undergraduate courses (1000-2999 level) may not be used as any part of the graduate degree requirements. All 1000- and 2000- level courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis, but will NOT count towards your required graduate program coursework.
Six credits of undergraduate courses (3000-4999 level) outside the major may count when taken as part of an approved graduate degree plan. Consult the Graduate Program Assistant or your Graduate Advisory Committee Chair before registering for any specific courses.
Courses numbered 5000 level and above are limited to graduate students with the exception described under Registration Requirements: Undergraduate Registration in Graduate Courses. Courses numbered 7000 and above are normally for advanced graduate students, usually PhD students.
Transfer of Credit
Only graduate-level (5000-7999) work with a grade of B or better is eligible for transfer of credit. A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed. These can include no more than 9 credits from institutions approved by UF, with the balance obtained from post-baccalaureate work at the University of Florida. Credits transferred from other universities are applied toward the degree requirements, but grades earned are not computed in the student’s grade point average. Acceptance of transfer of credit requires approval of the student’s supervisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Petitions for transfer of credit for a master’s degree must be made during the student’s first term of enrollment in the Graduate School.
The supervisory committee is responsible for using established criteria to ensure the academic integrity of coursework before accepting graduate transfer credits.
Advisors and Supervisory Committee
The Graduate Coordinator will assign the student to a graduate faculty advisor prior to his/her first semester of enrollment. The student has until the end of the first semester of enrollment to select a different supervisory committee chair if desired. There must be a minimum of three supervisory committee members for thesis students and a minimum of two committee members for non-thesis master students (this includes the supervisory committee chair). Note that each member must hold graduate faculty status. It is strongly recommended that the supervisory committee members be selected by the end of the first semester of enrollment. However, in NO case shall they be selected later than the end of the second semester of enrollment.
A form (clink on link to open) must be filled out by the student; the student then goes to each prospective committee member to obtain their signature and UF ID on the form; then, when all proposed committee members have signed the form, it must be turned in to the Graduate Program Assistant who will then seek final approval from the Graduate Coordinator. The proposed committee is not final until it has been approved and entered into the Graduate School tracking system. As noted below, if there are later changes to the committee’s membership, then this same form must be completed again, signatures attained from ALL members (both old and new), and submitted for approval.
If the student selects the thesis option, one supervisory committee member must be from outside the student’s major department. If the student selects a minor, one supervisory committee member must be from the minor department. If the student desires to change his/her supervisory committee chair or members, he/she must petition to the department graduate committee, who makes a recommendation to the Department Chair for final approval.
The supervisory committee approves the student’s degree plan, preferably by the end of the first semester of enrollment and no later than the end of the second semester of enrollment. Any changes to the degree plan must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee. (Your Advisor is the same as your Committee Chair.)
Minimum Committee Member Requirements: Non-Thesis: Chair + 1 Member Thesis: Chair + 2 Members
All work (including transferred credit) counted toward the master’s degree must be completed within 7 years before the degree is awarded.
Leave of absence:
Any student who will not register at UF for a period of more than one semester needs prior written approval from the supervisory committee chair for a leave of absence for a designated period of time. This approval remains in the student’s departmental file. The Graduate School does not require notification. The student must reapply for admission upon return. See Readmission. Click here for the Readmission Application.
Prerequisites are based on the content and requirements of individual graduate courses and are listed accordingly in the Graduate Catalog.
- Every 48 clock hours = 1 credit hour of coursework
- Registration credits vary from 1-3 credits with a maximum of 6 credits
- The student’s supervisory committee chair/advisor will assist with the practicum placement and serve as the university practicum supervisor
- Option for non-thesis students
- RPT: Practicum Graduate Contract
- SPM: Practicum Graduate Contract
- Midterm Practicum Evaluation Form (due the mid-point of the semester)
- End of Semester Evaluation Form (due 1 week prior to finals)
- Every 48 clock hours of internship = 1 credit hour of coursework
- Registration credits vary from 3-9 credits with a maximum of 9 credits
- The student’s supervisory committee chair/advisor will assist with the internship placement and serve as the university internship supervisor
- Option for non-thesis students