Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism - Online

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Spring 2023 Application Deadline: December 12, 2022

Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism - Online

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.


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.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university 
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA (4.0 grading scale) in the last 60 credit hour/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 is 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 512: Managing RST Organizations (4 hours) 
  • RST 515: Marketing in RST (4 hours) 
  • RST 516: Finance & Budgeting (4 hours) 
  • RST 519: Strategic Management (4 hours) 
  • RST 504: Applied Evaluation & Needs Assessment in RST (4 hours)

Alumni Have Landed Jobs At...

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America 
  • Environmental Protection Agency 
  • National Park Service 
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • US Olympic Committee
  • Chicago Blackhawks
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Certificates in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

With the online graduate certificate you choose your focus area and then take three 8-week courses.  Admitted students are also able to transfer progress to a degree. To begin the certificate application process, fill out the expression of interest form

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