Recreation Management - Master of Science
The Master of Science in Recreation Management is a multidisciplinary program of advanced study designed to prepare graduates for careers in the public, private non-profit, and the commercial sectors of the recreation profession. With three curricular options (thesis, graduate project, or internship), the program serves both students with extensive recreation backgrounds and students who are looking to a masters program as their gateway into the recreation field. Please visit the websites that introduce you to the recreation management program, our graduate faculty, and the opportunities at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
For more information please contact:
Kate Evans, Ph.D.
Thank you for your interest.
"My graduate studies at UWL were exactly what I was looking for - a supportive and encouraging learning environment with enough flexibility to allow me to direct my own studies. The faculty were outstanding, providing me with the right tools and guidance to accomplish everything I desired."
Michael Maningas, 2000 Graduate
The program welcomes students without an undergraduate degree in recreation, but some prerequisite courses may be required. Students may take deficiency courses prior to beginning the graduate program or they may begin the program and take the courses within the first two semesters of their graduate program.
Prerequisite courses include:
|REC 301||Leadership and Programming in Recreation||3|
or demonstrated experience in recreation programming
|MTH 145||Elementary Statistics||4|
If all of the above courses have not been previously taken, the recreation graduate program director will determine program deficiencies on an individual basis. The review will be based on previously taken courses as well as prior work experience. The graduate program director also will determine which deficiency courses need to be taken for credit (auditing of courses might also be recommended).
Required courses (15 credits):
|REC 520||Revenue Management in Recreation Enterprises||3|
|REC 701||Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Play and Recreation||3|
|REC 710||Entrepreneurship in Recreation||3|
|REC 711||Management of Leisure Services Organizations||3|
|REC 720||Research Methods for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure||3|
Research options (6 credits):
|Option A - thesis|
|REC 799||Research: Master's Thesis||6|
|Option B - graduate project|
|REC 761||Graduate Project in Recreation||6|
|Option C - internship|
|REC 700||Internship in Guided Learning||6|
Elective courses (9 credits):
Recommended elective graduate courses in the department of recreation management and therapeutic recreation include:
|REC 500||Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities||3|
|REC 502||Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations||3|
|REC 504||Budgeting in the Recreation Enterprise||3|
|REC 581||Outdoor Pursuits||1-3|
|REC 780||A Comparative Approach to Leisure & Society||3|
|REC 795||Independent Study in Recreation||1-3|
|REC 797||Special Projects in Recreation Management||1-3|
Graduate degree requirements
After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:
- Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
- Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
- Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (non-slash courses).
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
- Satisfy thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
- File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
- Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
- Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)