Recreation, Parks and Tourism

The Master of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism offers the following four areas of concentration:

1.  Tourism and Commercial Recreation

  • Travel activities to and staying outside one’s usual environment; hospitality, transportation
  • Recreation activities covered by fees, charges or other non-tax revenues; theme/amusement/water parks, movie theaters, sport/fitness/health clubs, golf courses
  • Examples of employers include:  travel agencies, cruise lines, dance studios, special event companies, resorts, multipurpose sports clubs and health & fitness clubs

2.   Natural Resource Recreation

  • Park(s) management, protected areas, wilderness conservation
  • State parks, river floating, horseback riding, hiking trails
  • Beach management, erosion from visitors, sustainability
  • Outdoor recreation leadership
  • Conservation management, planning, and policy

3.   Recreation Administration and Supervision

  • City/state public parks
  • City pools
  • City skate parks, family parks
  • Public tennis courts
  • City sports teams/leagues, youth sports
  • Organized camps
  • Federal agencies (National Parks, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers)
  • Military recreation departments (Morale, Welfare & Recreation [MWR] programs) 

4. Campus Recreation Programming & Administration 

Graduates of the Master of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism will be trained for middle and/or upper level management positions, in their respective fields mentioned above.

Students can choose between three options: 1.) Thesis, or 2.) Non-Thesis Internship, or 3.) Non-Thesis with Paper.

Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Program Plan