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Recreation Professions Graduate Program


The Recreation Professions program in the Department of Public Health and Recreation Professions offers a broad interdisciplinary program of studies preparing students for careers in the recreation industry. The program leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree with a major in recreation.


Graduate students in recreation must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours including a theory core, a research core, and a specialization. A student must have a minimum 3.0 (4.0 point scale) grade point to be eligible to graduate.

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

All application processes can now be completed on-line. You must complete the graduate school application which includes the application fee. The link is provided for you below. 

 Graduate School Application 

Theory core (6 hours)
REC 500 Modern Concepts of Leisure
REC 508 Trends and Global Issues in Leisure Services

Research core (9 Hours)
REC 550 Research in Recreation
QUAN 402 Basic Statistics

1 of the following:
REC 599 Thesis
REC 575 Project in Recreation
REC 596 Internship in Recreation
REC 597 Internship in Recreational Therapy


Student will select an additional 21 emphasis and elective hours. The emphasis areas are Recreation Administration, Outdoor Recreation, and Therapeutic Recreation.