Master of Arts in Recreation Administration


The M.A. in park and recreation emphasizes program service delivery and provides students the opportunity to develop advanced programming skills and is designed for students pursuing careers in leisure, recreation, health, tourism and research.  Students choose between a Thesis and Non-thesis option based on their career goals.  Students may choose to emphasize in recreational sport programming, rural and community tourism development, special event planning, programming for special populations, parks and recreation management, and natural resource management.

Course Requirements

For the M.A. in Recreation Administration, a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate study is required.  Requirements for the M.A. in PRM are a minimum of 18 hours in a program service delivery emphasis area, to include the 12 core hours and 6 hours of research design and statistics, and either 6 hours of thesis or 6 hours of 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.


Park and Recreation Emphasis (18 hours)

PRM 600 Issues and Trends in Park and Recreation Programs (3)
PRM 601 Park and Recreation Program Development and Promotion (3)*
PRM 602 Assessment and Evaluation of Park and Recreation Programs (3)*
PRM 680 Leisure Programming for Senior Adults (3)
PRM 625 Research Design and Evaluation (3)
500-600 Statistics (Advisor Approved) (3)
Electives  (6 hours)
PRM 651-Advanced Independent Study (3)
PRM 652-Advanced Independent Study (3)
PRM 627- Internship
Any Non-PRM courses (advisor approved)

Research and Statistics (6 hours)

PRM 625-Research Design and Evaluation (3)
Statistics (advisor approved) (3)

Thesis Option (6 hours)

PRM 697-Thesis (6)

Special Event Planning Option (Non-Thesis) (6 hours)

PRM 653 Independent Research (3)
3PRM 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.

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