MA in Leisure Studies

The graduate program in Leisure Studies confers a MA with emphasis in Recreational Sport Management.

The leisure and recreational sport management specialization prepares students for positions in public and private recreation and sport management.  Students typically find employment in intercollegiate athletics administration, campus and community recreation programs, and professional sports front offices.  Other possible careers paths include interscholastic athletics administration, international sports management, sport marketing and sponsorship, commercial recreation management, and coaching.

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Please see the General Catalog for more information.

Emphasis in Recreational Sport Management

The program offers a Master of Arts, with and without thesis, in leisure studies. Undergraduate preparation in leisure studies is not required for successful completion of the graduate program; students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. However, students may need to fulfill prerequisites specific to their specialization areas.

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Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College or the Graduate College section of the Catalog.

The Master of Arts in leisure studies requires a minimum of 33 s.h. of graduate credit with thesis, and 36 s.h. of graduate credit without thesis.  All MA students must complete a common group of core courses and work in their specialization area.

Recreational Sports Management Core Requirements

All Leisure and Recreational Sport Management MA students must take these courses:

  • SRM:5065 The Economy of Experience 3 s.h.
  • SRM:5200 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Leisure 3 s.h.

Recreational Sport Management Area Courses

In addition to the MA core requirements (above), leisure and recreational sport management specialization students must complete the following:

  • SRM:6251 Risk Management 3 s.h.
  • SRM:6252 Economics and Financing 3 s.h.
  • SRM:6253 Sport Administration 3 s.h.
  • SRM:6254 Marketing and Sport Promotion 3 s.h.
  • Additional 18 s.h. of electives

Non-thesis students take an additional 6 s.h. of electives. Thesis students complete 6 s.h. of LEIS:7398 MA Thesis.

Questions? Please visit the General Catalog for more information or email Dan Matheson, Program Chair.

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