Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism - Online

Master's Degree 
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Finish in 18 months
Training for an advanced career

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Three 8-week options

Why choose a degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism?

The demand for professionals with an advanced degree in the leisure service industry continues to increase. Job opportunities in parks and recreation, sports management, hotel management, convention and tourist bureaus, health and fitness clubs, and volunteer and youth agencies, just to name a few, are on the rise. Employees with graduate degrees will have the best opportunities for supervisory or administrative positions.

Is an Online Master of Science in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism right for me? 

The online Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism is a 36-credit hour, 18-month degree with cohorts beginning in December, April and September. This degree provides you a quality and highly accessible education, ensuring that you are prepared to meet the changing requirements of the leisure services industry.

Stackable courses--Earn a Certificate.

Not ready to commit to a full master's program? You can start with the 12-credit-hour graduate certificate program, which is also fully online. If you decide to continue your education, all 12 of your credit hours in the certificate program will transfer into the master's degree program. To begin the certificate application process, fill out the expression of interest form


Admissions Requirements 
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA (4.0 grading scale) in the last 60 credit hours/two years
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • International applicants must have proof of English proficiency (TOEFL IBT greater than 102; IELTS greater than 7.0)
  • No GRE required
Required Courses
  • One emphasis area course (4 hours) and three graduate elective courses (total of 12 hours) are required.
  • RST 501: Concepts & Applications in RST (4 credit hours)
  • RST 504: Applied Evaluation & Needs Assessment in RST (4 credit hours)
  • RST 512: Managing RST Organizations (4 credit hours)
  • RST 515: Marketing in RST (4 credit hours)
  • RST 516: Finance & Budgeting (4 credit hours)
  • RST 519: Strategic Management (4 credit hours) 
Alumni Have Landing Jobs At... 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Park Service
  • St. Louis Cardinals     
  • US Olympic Committee
  • Chicago Blackhawks
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2024
    Apply by August 10, 2024

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