Master of Arts in Recreation Administration
The M.A. in Recreation Administration provides students the opportunity to develop programming skills for students pursuing careers in leisure, recreation, health, tourism and related professions. Students choose between a Thesis and Non-thesis option based on their career goals. Students may choose to emphasize in several areas including recreational sport programming, rural and community tourism development, special event planning, programming for special populations, parks and recreation management, and natural resource management.
For the M.A. in Recreation Administration, a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate study is required. Requirements for the M.A.R.A. include18 hours in a program service delivery emphasis area (12 core hours and 6 hours of research design and statistics and 6 hours of thesis or 6 hours within special event planning. The remaining 9 required elective hours are chosen from park and recreation graduate courses or from other disciplines that may include health, exercise science, management, marketing, sociology, psychology and education.
Students that do not possess experience in the leisure, recreation or tourism industries may be required to complete an internship during their course of study.
Coursework – 33 Total Hours
Recreation Administration Core (18 hours)
RA 600 Issues and Trends in Park and Recreation Programs (3)
RA 601 Park and Recreation Program Development and Promotion (3)*
RA 602 Assessment and Evaluation of Park and Recreation Programs (3)*
RA 680 Leisure Programming for Senior Adults (3)
Electives (6 hours)
RA 510: Entrepreneurial Recreation (3)
RA 539: Outdoor Resources Management (3)
RA 569: Strategies & Applications in Outdoor Edu (3)
RA 574: Current Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
RA 651-Advanced Independent Study (3)
RA 652-Advanced Independent Study (3)
RA 627- Internship
RA 650: Seminar in Community & Rural Tourism (3)
RA 671: Recreation Admin. Program Administration (3)
RA 691: Principles & Practices of Leisure & Rec (3)
Any Non-RA courses 500 level or above (advisor approved)
Research and Statistics (6 hours)
RA 625 Research Design and Evaluation (3)
HP 627 Statistics (3)
Thesis Option (6 hours)
RA 697-Thesis (6)
Special Event Planning Option (Non-Thesis) (6 hours)
RA 653 Independent Research (3)
RA 654 Directed Event Programming (3)
Double Decker Car Show
Sardis Lake Fishing Rodeo
Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon
*Requires completion of equivalent undergraduate level course or approval of instructor.
Student Financial Support:
Graduate assistantships and internships are available to students in this program on a competitive basis.