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Recreation Administration, MS in Recreation

Master of Science in Recreation


Because people today spend 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 Master of Science in Recreation with a major in recreation administration prepares working professionals to move up to these executive and administrative positions. The degree will equip you with a general approach to mid-level managing in recreation and leisure services in a variety of settings.

Graduates of the program work in public agencies, private and commercial organizations, parks, and campus-recreation and military-recreation organizations.


Following are some typical job descriptions for career positions in recreational administration:

Recreation and Parks Director: Manages both recreation and park functions, including recreation programs, recreation areas, and facilities. Also serves as the technical advisor to the recreation and parks commission, board, or other authority responsible to the public for recreation and park services.

Campus Recreation Program Director: Manages the comprehensive administrative functions of personnel, budget, facilities, and programming for intramural, informal, aquatics and sport clubs in student recreational sport facilities at colleges and universities.

Park Manager: Directs the operational and developmental phases of parks, boulevards, recreation areas, and facilities. Also plans, directs, and participates in maintenance and construction including inspection of grounds, direction of property security, and providing information and services to visitors.

Facility Operations Coordinator: Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow. Studies and standardizes procedures to improve facility and employee productivity. Prepares and coordinates assigned recreational programs and ensures that facilities meet city, state, and federal guidelines for operation. Coordinates planning and development of programs, activities, and special events for recreational facilities to include procuring vendors and entertainment, site operations, staff and volunteer scheduling, budgeting and contracting, fundraising, and advertising.


As a student in this program, you will complete a minimum of 35 credit hours, broken down as follows:

Foundation Courses (21 credit hours)

Electives in Management and Administration, Theory and Foundations, and Topics and Trends (9–12 credit hours)

Capstone (2–5 credit hours)

At least 20 of the 35 credit hours must come from the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies; and all electives for completing the degree must be approved by the 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 is applied.

You must score a grade of C– in each course, and to graduate, you must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.


  • 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 544Legal Aspects of Recreation Administration3 Credits
  • SPH-R 550Special Concerns in Parks and Recreation, TOPIC: Fiscal Management in Recreation Administration3 Credits
  • SPH-R 598 --or-- SPH-R 697Master's Project in Administration --or-- Internships in Recreation and Parks2-4 Credits
  • SPH-X 505 Principles and Foundations of Public Health3 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 571Recreational Sports Administration3 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: $437.68
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1313.04
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $525.22
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1575.66

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