Recreation, Sport & Tourism, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Recreation, Sport & Tourism (on campus & online)


Department Head: Carla Santos

Director of Graduate Studies: Monika Stodolska

Graduate Coordinator: Tim Tiger


overview of admissions & requirements:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: http://rst.illinois.edu

college website: http://ahs.illinois.edu


Department office: 219 Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61821

Phone: (217) 333-4410

email: stodolsk@illinois.edu and ttiger@illinois.edu


The M.S. degree may be undertaken as a terminal professional track program or serve as the first step toward the Ph.D. program.


Graduate Degree Programs in Recreation, Sport & Tourism


Recreation, Sport & Tourism, MS (on campus & online)

Recreation, Sport & Tourism, PhD


The Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Master of Science program educates students about leisure behavior, public parks and recreation systems, sport and tourism, in various private, public and semi-public settings providing leisure services. The Ph.D. program is designed to develop researchers and educators in the study of leisure behavior, the management of recreation, tourism, and sport systems that provide leisure services, or both.

Admission

The Graduate College admission requirements apply. Specifically, the admission requirements are a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last two years of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed. In accordance with Graduate College requirements, applicants must receive a minimum score on the TOEFL of 103 and on the IELTS a minimum score of 7.5. Students are also required to provide an academic statement of purpose, a personal statement, and three letters of reference (at least one should be an academic reference). Campus-based MS students may be admitted for the fall or spring semesters. Online MS students may be admitted for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

for the degree of Master of Science in Recreation, Sport & Tourism


A candidate for the M.S. degree must spend at least one semester on campus. A full-time student can complete the program in three or four semesters.

Students in the online program complete the Non-Thesis option. See below.

For additional details and requirements for all degrees, please refer to the department's website and the Graduate College Handbook.

Thesis Option

RST 501Concepts & Applications in Recreation, Sport & Tourism4
Select two of the following:8
Managing Recreation, Sport & Tourism Organizations
Marketing in RST
Finance & Budgeting in RST
Select one Option Area Course from:4
Critical Issues Recreation Mgt
Critical Issues Sport Mgt
Critical Issues Tourism Mgt
Additional Coursework
Support Option8
Research Methods8
RST 599Thesis Research4
Total Hours36

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 12 at the 500 level
Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 16
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

Core Coursework:28
RST 501Concepts & Applications in Recreation, Sport & Tourism4
RST 504Applied Evaluation and Needs Assessment in RST4
RST 512Managing Recreation, Sport & Tourism Organizations4
RST 515Marketing in RST4
RST 516Finance & Budgeting in RST4
RST 519Strategic Management in RST4
Select one Option Area Course from:4
Critical Issues Recreation Mgt
Critical Issues Sport Mgt
Critical Issues Tourism Mgt
Additional Coursework12
Total Credit Hours36

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 12 at the 500 level
Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 16
Minimum GPA: 3.0