Recreation Professions Graduate Program | PHR Professions | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Recreation Professions Graduate Program

Program Info

The Recreation Professions program in the Department of Public Health and Recreation Professions offers a broad interdisciplinary program of studies preparing students for administrative careers in recreation management. The program leads to the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in recreation.

Master of Science in Education Degree

Graduate work in recreation stresses administration and research and is open to highly qualified students. All students must be admitted to the Graduate School in good standing.

Graduate students in recreation must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours including a theory core, a research methodology core, and a research core. The research core is completed by fulfilling requirements for either the thesis or the non-thesis option, o the internship option.

All application processes can now be completed on-line. You must complete the Graduate School Application which includes the application fee.

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

Thesis Option

  • 3 semester hours of research methods
  • 3 semester hours of thesis
  • 3 or 4 semester hours of statistics
  • After completing the required research methods course, each student should select a chairperson for the thesis committee. A minimum of two additional graduate faculty members, one holding rank outside the faculty of recreation, is needed to form the full committee. After approval of a thesis topic, the student will conduct a research effort under the committee’s guidance, followed by an oral examination.

Non-Thesis Option

  • 3 semester hours of research methods
  • 3 semester hours of individual research
  • 3 or 4 semester hours of statistics
  • The research project or paper may be field-based or applied and will be supervised by an academic adviser who is a graduate faculty member in recreation. The research project or paper must be approved by one additional graduate faculty member.
Internship Option

Emphasis Areas

After completion of the core in either the thesis, non-thesis, or the internship option, the student will select an additional 17 emphasis and elective hours. By utilizing electives, the student can focus on one of three specific emphases. The emphasis areas are Recreation Administration, Outdoor Recreation Resource Management, and Therapeutic Recreation (click for more information).

A student must have a minimum 3.0 (4.0 point scale) grade point average to be eligible to graduate.