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Recreation Administration, MS in Recreation

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 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 such careers as:

  • Recreation and parks director 
  • Campus recreation program director 
  • Park manager 
  • Facility operations coordinator 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Recreation Administration, you must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours. At least 20 of the 35 credit hours must come from the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Recreation administration foundation courses (21 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (9-12 credit hours) 
  • Capstone experience (2-4 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.


  • SPH-Q 501 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health3 Credits
  • SPH-R 510 Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation3 Credits
  • SPH-R 512 --or-- SPH-R 511Administrative Theory and Management Practices in Leisure Services --or-- Organizational Leadership of Leisure Services3 Credits
  • SPH-R 542Fiscal Management in Recreation Administration3 Credits
  • SPH-R 544Legal Aspects of Recreation Administration3 Credits
  • SPH-R 585Leisure as a Determinant of Health3 Credits
  • SPH-R 598 --or-- SPH-R 697Master's Project in Administration --or-- Internships in Recreation and Parks2-4 Credits
  • SPH-X 590Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation3 Credits
  • EDUC-Y 520Strategies for Educational Inquiry3 Credits
  • SPH-R 524Fundraising for Public and Nonprofit Agencies3 Credits
  • SPH-R 531Planning & Design for the Built Environment3 Credits
  • SPH-R 573Seminar in Recreational Sports2 Credits
  • SPH-R 574Human Resource Management in Recreational Sports3 Credits
  • SPH-R 691Readings in Recreation2-3 Credits
  • SPH-R 693Independent Study and Research3 Credits
  • SPH-R 695Practicum in Recreation and Parks1-3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.82
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1352.46
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $540.98
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1622.94
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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