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Recreation, MS | (Recreation Administration)

Master Of Science In Recreation

As a result of people today spending more time and money on leisure, fitness, sports, and recreation activities than ever before, the job outlook for recreation administration graduates is excellent. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, the average park and recreation agency employs four executive personnel, seven administrative personnel, and three planning/development personnel.

The IU Online Master of Science in Recreation with a major in recreation administration includes coursework in the philosophy of leisure and recreation; human resource management; finance and budget; research in health, kinesiology, and recreation; and statistics in public health. In this non-thesis degree program, students will complete a capstone project involving the application of key principles to an in-depth study of a practical problem, or an experiential internship.

As a student in the program, you will prepare for executive and administrative positions, managing recreation and leisure services in a variety of settings, including public agencies, private and commercial organizations, parks, and campus-recreation and military-recreation organizations.

Your IU Online MS in Recreation Administration prepares you for careers in:

  • Parks and Recreation Departments
  • Campus Recreation Programs
  • Private/Commercial Agencies
  • General Park Administration
  • Military Recreation

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Recreation Administration, you must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Recreation administration foundation courses (21 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (9-12 credit hours) 
  • Capstone experience (2-5 credit hours) 

NOTE: Your elective coursework must be completed in fields of Management and Administration, Theory and Foundations, and Topics and Trends. Electives must be approved by your academic advisor.

You have two options for completing the required capstone experience: (1) an intensive master's project that summarizes the knowledge and skills obtained from coursework, or (2) an internship through which concepts and principles learned from coursework are applied.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (600 words or less)
  • Resume
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)


Capstone Courses SPH-R 598 Master's Project in Administration (2-4 credits) --or-- SPH-R 697 Internships in Recreation and Parks (3 credits) 2-4 Credits
SPH-Q 501 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health 3 Credits
SPH-R 510 Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation 3 Credits
SPH-R 512 or 511 SPH-R 512 Administrative Theory and Management Practices in Leisure Services --or-- SPH-R 511 Organizational Leadership of Leisure Services 3 Credits
SPH-R 542 Fiscal Management in Recreation Administration 3 Credits
SPH-R 544 Legal Aspects of Recreation Administration 3 Credits
SPH-R 585 Leisure as a Determinant of Health 3 Credits
SPH-X 590 Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation 3 Credits
EDUC-Y 520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry 3 Credits
SPH-B 535 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health 3 Credits
SPH-R 524 Fundraising for Public and Nonprofit Agencies 3 Credits
SPH-R 531 Planning & Design for the Built Environment 3 Credits
SPH-R 571 Recreational Sports Administration 3 Credits
SPH-R 573 Current Events in Recreation Administration 2 Credits
SPH-R 574 Human Resource Management in Recreation 3 Credits
SPH-R 685 Trends in Survey Methods & Public Health Research 3 Credits
SPH-R 691 Readings in Recreation 2-3 Credits
SPH-R 693 Independent Study and Research 3 Credits
SPH-R 695 Practicum in Recreation and Parks and Tourism Studies 1-3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $518.62
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1555.86
Note:  Additional fees will apply.
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $621.98
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1865.94