MA in Leisure Studies

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

The Sport and Recreation Management track is designed for students preparing for positions with sport and club teams, community recreation, intercollegiate and high school athletics programs, international sport organizations, national and international amateur sport organizations, firms specializing in sport marketing, sport sponsorship, and commercial fitness businesses. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in sport or recreation management, and other related graduate degree programs. This track offers a comprehensive curriculum with a unique integrative business approach. Our goal is to prepare leaders to meet the challenges in the global sport arena. The faculty is committed to creating a collaborative and nurturing learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the business and culture of sports nationally and internationally.

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Please see the General Catalog for more information.

Emphasis in Leisure and 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.

Core Requirements

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

  • LEIS:5065 The Economy of Experience 3 s.h.
  • LEIS:5200 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Leisure 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:5143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.

Leisure and Recreational Sport Management Specialization

The leisure and recreational sport management specialization prepares students for positions in public and private recreation and sport management. Students typically find employment in community or municipal recreation programs, campus recreation programs, or commercial recreation and sport operations.

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

  • LEIS:6251 Risk Management 3 s.h.
  • LEIS:6252 Economics and Financing 3 s.h.
  • LEIS:6253 Sport Administration 3 s.h.
  • LEIS:6254 Marketing and Sport Promotion 3 s.h.
  • Cognate area courses (business, communications, or cultural studies) 6-9 s.h.

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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