Master of Arts in Recreation Administration


The M.A. in Recreation Administration provides students the opportunity to learn and develop recreation program administration competencies to pursue careers in leisure, recreation, health, tourism and related professions.  Students choose either a Thesis or Non-thesis option based on their career goals.  Students also complete elective courses to emphasize an area of expertise; examples municipal and campus recreation/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.  These include 18 core hours (12 RA core hours, 3 hours of research and 3 hours of statistics) and 6 hours of either the thesis or special event planning option.  The remaining 9 hours may be chosen with advisor approval from graduate courses in recreation administration or from other disciplines; examples include health promotion, exercise science, management, marketing, sociology, psychology and education.

Students that do not possess experience in the leisure, recreation or tourism industries may be accepted into the program and required to complete an approved internship during their course of study.

Coursework – 33 Total Hours

Recreation Administration Core (18 hours)

RA 600: Issues and Trends in Park and Recreation Admin. Programs (3)
RA 601: Recreation Admin. Program Dev. and Promotion (3)*
RA 602: Assessment and Evaluation of Recreation Admin. 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 (3)
RA 651: Advanced Independent Study (3)
RA 652: Advanced Independent Study (3)
RA 627: Internship (3)

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 626: 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)

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*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 through the Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management webpage.

Other information:

Applicants must complete the on-line application form.  Students interested in a Graduate Assistantship should apply for both Admission and Graduate Assistantship prior to March 15.