Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program

All students must complete the General Education Requirements as listed in the Catalog of Studies. In addition, all students must take the required general studies for the recreation core requirements as listed in the Catalog of Studies. As part of the University Core requirements and College of Education and Health Professions requirements, specific social sciences and science courses are required within the recreation and sport management major. Recreation and Sport Management majors must obtain a C or better in all courses beginning with the alpha code RESM. To enroll in RESM 440V, students must have a 2.50 grade-point average or better in RESM core and concentration courses, completed multiple practicums, and completed RESM 3873 with a grade of C or better. Many courses in the recreation curriculum are taught in sequential order. Please check catalog course descriptions for prerequisites.

There are several experiential requirements within the recreation and sport management core. Students are required to do three practicum experiences (RESM 201V) with three different agencies. Each experience totals 45 hours. A more intense experience of an internship (RESM 440V) requires a minimum of 400 hours or work full time for 12-15 weeks in an approved recreation or sport agency. A minimum of 124 hours are required for graduation in the major of Recreation and Sport Management.

All students in Recreation and Sport Management take general studies classes as well as Recreation and Sport Management core classes. Since the Recreation and Sport Management core classes are taught in sequence — some classes are prerequisites for others — and only taught in certain times of the year, it often takes a minimum of two years to complete the Recreation and Sport Management core classes. Students must select either the Recreation Administration or Sport Administration track with help from an academic advisor. Each concentration is developed individually to meet specific career goals.

Programs of Study

Graduate Programs

Candidates for a master's degree in recreation and sport management must complete 36 hours of coursework and either a thesis or a comprehensive exam.  Please see additional information (PDF).

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Health, Sport and Exercise Science with a Recreation and Sport Management emphasis requires completion of a minimum of 96 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. The degree program also requires successful completion of candidacy examinations, an acceptable doctoral dissertation, and oral defense of the dissertation. Please see the Student Manual for additional information regarding requirements for completion of the degree.