Community Recreation Management Concentration, M.S.
Students who choose to focus on Community Recreation Management within the Master of Science in Parks and Recreation Management degree are prepared to plan, implement, market, evaluate, and manage recreation programs and events. An emphasis is placed on the application of recreation, park, and leisure services to enhance health, wellness, and quality of life among individuals and communities.
This program of study also covers philosophical and theoretical foundations of the recreation field, which are essential to obtaining higher level job positions. Career opportunities for graduates include positions as an event planner, recreation facility director, or recreation program manager in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. This concentration provides students with all of the requirements necessary to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRP).
The Student Experience
The M.S. in Parks and Recreation Management requires 36 credit hours.
All M.S. in Parks and Recreation Management applicants are eligible to compete for graduate assistantships and a limited number of tuition waivers. These assistantships include opportunities within the department and local partner agencies.
Specialized courses in community development; management; recreation; parks and health; and finance and budgeting.
Service-learning and volunteer opportunities offer hands-on practical experience in a myriad of professional and community settings.
After discussing career goals with an advisor, you choose either a thesis or non-thesis option. If you select the non-thesis option, your advisor helps determine (based on amount of professional experience) whether you complete a project, internship, or combination of a project and internship
Careers include recreation and parks administration, commercial enterprising, sports management, resource management, and parks and forestry management.
If you are completing a thesis, you may consider applying for a Ph.D. program.
Potential career path examples:
Campus Recreation Manager
Commercial Recreation Business Owner
Sporting Event Planner
Youth and Adult Sports Coordinator
APPLY TO PROGRAM
An undergraduate GPA of 3.00
Professional statement including graduate program and career goals
Three reference letters, preferably from a mixture of academic and professional sources
Interviews are encouraged for all applicants, and required for graduate assistants