Recreation, Sport and Tourism

http://rst.illinois.edu

Head of the Department: Laurence Chalip
Director of Graduate Studies: Laura Payne
Graduate Coordinator: Ryan Latvaitis
104 Huff Hall
1206 South Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61821
(217) 333-4410
E-mail: lpayne@illinois.edu and latvaiti@illinois.edu

Major: Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Degrees Offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Online Program: Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Degrees Offered: M.S.

Graduate Degree Programs

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

Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and 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.

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

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
1

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

Doctor of Philosophy in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Departmental requirements include satisfactory performance on the written preliminary examination at the completion of formal coursework, the oral preliminary examination on the proposed research for the thesis, and a final examination in defense of the doctoral thesis.

RST 503Adv Leisure Research Methods4
RST 550Theory and Methods of Leisure4
RST 551Contemporary Issues in Leisure4
RST 590Doctoral Research Seminar and Colloquium (required for four semesters)4
Coursework to support specialization (of the 28 required hours, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of RST coursework)28
Advanced research methods to support specialization16+
RST 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)20
Total Hours80

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Two years in residence
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD?Yes
Qualifying Exam Required:No
Preliminary Exam Required:Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required:Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required:Yes
Minimum GPA:3.0
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For additional details and requirements for all degrees, please refer to the department's website and the Graduate College Handbook.

Online Program

See requirements for the non-thesis option of the Master of Science.