Recreation, Sport & Tourism, MS

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


Department Head: Carla Santos

Director of Graduate Studies: Laura Payne

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: lpayne@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. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all campus-based graduate degrees. In accordance with Graduate College requirements, scores on the TOEFL must be greater than 102 and scores on the IELTS must be greater than 6.5. Students are also required to provide a statement of purpose outlining their area of study, and three letters of reference. Preference is given to applicants who will be full-time students and active degree candidates. Students may be admitted for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program. It is also anticipated that doctoral students will engage in research activities and scholarly communication under the guidance of their advisor.

Financial Aid

The department offers quarter-time and half-time assistantships in teaching, administration, and research, as well as tuition and fee waivers and the opportunity to apply for fellowships.

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.

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 Requirements1

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

RST 501Concepts & Applications in Recreation, Sport & Tourism4
RST 512Managing Recreation, Sport & Tourism Organizations4
RST 515Marketing in RST4
RST 516Finance & Budgeting in RST4
RST 594Special Topics in Leisure (Section SM)4
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 Requirements1

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