Recreation Administration Specialization | PHR Professions | SIU

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Recreation Administration Specialization

Program Information

Leisure Services degree is all about ‘fun’ ‘meaningful’ and ‘profitable’. Graduates of this major find rewarding jobs at:

  • Public parks and recreation departments
  • Nonprofit civic and religious organization
  • State and national parks
  • Campus recreation
  • Recreation program for elderly people
  • Military recreation program (MWR)
  • Sports/recreation facilities
  • Tourism organization
  • Youth recreation and leadership program
  • Rehabilitation centers / Long-term care facilities
  • Recreation department in a medical treatment center
  • Private resorts / Large scale commercial recreation
  • Fitness/Sports centers
  • Other recreational venues

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These are only a partial list of the many organizations across the 50 states and foreign countries, graduates will have fun and meaningful time on a daily basis because they provide diversified customers with a higher quality of life in outdoors, indoors, or even in clinical settings.

In more detail, the option in Leisure Services provides five different emphases: programming, leadership, administration, management, and facilities. Each emphasis includes additional focused study that enables students to prepare for a career in a specific programmatic or organizational setting. Upon completion of this degree, the students are given opportunities for employment in a variety of agencies and organizations serving the leisure and recreational needs of people.

The current job market for Recreation field is also excellent. For example, Parks and Recreation has been recognized as one of the best degrees for finding a job (ranked #3, Yahoo Education, 2013). Based on the report of Recreation Management-Salary Survey 2011, the average salary of people with degrees in recreation management was $36,000 to $40,000 for entry-level positions; $40,000 to $52,000 for middle-management positions; and $62,000 to $99,000 or more for director positions.

Especially the Master of Science in Leisure Services offers a program of study that benefits students with the theory, knowledge, and skills needed assume upper-level managerial positions in sport and leisure services.

This emphasis area focuses on skills necessary for management of local, state, and federal recreation programs both in the public and commercial sector.


Theory Core (9 hours)

REC 500 - Modern Concepts of Leisure
REC 501 - Personnel in Leisure Services
REC 508 - Trends and Global Issues in Leisure Services

Theory Electives (3 or more hours)

REC 502 - Revenue Production for Leisure Services
REC 503 - Managing and Marketing Leisure Services
REC 525 - Recreation for Special Populations

Research Methodology Core (3 hours)

REC 550 - Research in Recreation (or QUAN 505, 533 or WED 561, HED 526, Psyc 593, KIN 500, 592)

Research Core (9-10 hours)

QUAN 402 - Basic Statistics
QUAN 506 - Inferential Statistics
REC 599 - Thesis   OR
REC 575 - Project (plus a 3-hour elective course) OR
REC 596 - Graduate Internship (560 hours)

Elective Hours (9 Hours) (not limited to the following list)

REC 440 - Therapeutic Recreation for Special Populations
REC 445 - Outdoor Recreation Management
REC 475E - Adventure Programming

CI 402 – The Study of Cultural Diversity in Education & Family Services
EAHE 508- Student Development Theories
EPSY 493 – Counseling Skill Development
POLS 543 – Public Personnel Management
WED 505 – Multimedia Production Technologies in Workforce Education

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)

Students graduating from this program can become eligible to sit for the examination to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional.  Click here for more information.

NOTE: To graduate, you must complete a minimum of 60 hours at a senior institution and a total of 120 hours AND apply to graduate by the second week of the semester in which you plan to graduate.

Reasons to join the SIU Recreation Program community:

Dedicated faculty committed to excellence in teaching.

Small classes.

Community is at the core of every experience.

Field based learning -from paddling down a winding river to climbing in sandstone canyons or backpacking on remote wilderness trails, recreation classes often meet beyond the classroom.

Experiential Education -our educational philosophy emphasizes self-direction and learning by doing.

Extensive Network of Alumni

You’ll have Fun!

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