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Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Please refer to the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration graduate program section for information including departmental contact information, list of graduate faculty members, program description, and course descriptions.
Requirements for Enrollment
Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and a minimum of 3.25 grade point average in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) prior to enrolling in bridge courses. Grades of A or B must be earned in courses taken with the B designation, i.e., bridge courses.
Integrated Degree Program Description
The Integrated Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Master’s Degree Program will allow exceptional RPTA undergraduate students to take up to nine hours of 400G level classes that would count toward the requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and the Master of Science Degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration.
This program will allow students to complete the RPTA Bachelor and Master degrees in a shorter period of time. As a result of counting nine hours of classes for both degrees, these select students will have an opportunity to take more classes that focus exclusively on their chosen subfield.
Integrated Degree Requirements
In addition to the 22 hours of core classes that all RPTA Master’s Degree students must complete, these students are required to take a minimum of twelve hours of elective courses. Students may select up to nine hours of credit from the bridge courses. Only 400G level RPTA courses can be used as bridge courses.
I. Core Courses (or their equivalent competency): 16 s.h.
RPTA 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis (3)
RPTA 515 Philosophy of Leisure (3)
RPTA 522 Seminar in Administration of Leisure Services (3)
RPTA 526 Fiscal Management in Leisure Services (3)
RPTA 599 Research Methods in Leisure Services (3)
RPTA 600 Seminar in Leisure Services (1–3)
II. Directed Electives*: 12 s.h.
RPTA 422G/B Advanced Administration of Leisure Services (3)
RPTA 424G/B Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
RPTA 428G/B Youth and Leisure Services (3)
RPTA 446G/B Wilderness Leadership (3)
RPTA 448G/B Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources (3)
RPTA 449G/B Management of Outdoor Adventure Recreation (3)
RPTA 450G/B Traveling Workshops (1–3, repeatable to 6)
RPTA 451G/B Principles of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
RPTA 452G/B Leisure Services for the Elderly (3)
RPTA 453G/B Clinical Therapeutic Recreation Processes (3)
RPTA 454G/B Management of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
RPTA 460G/B Community Tourism Development (3)
RPTA 461G/B Conference and Convention Planning and Management (3)
RPTA 462G/B International Tourism (3)
RPTA 464G/B Groups Tour Planning and Management (3)
RPTA 465G/B Tourism Destination Promotion (3)
RPTA 466G/B Resort Management (3)
RPTA 467G/B Special Event Planning and Management (3)
RPTA 481G/B Management of Outdoor Recreation Resources (3)
RPTA 483G/B Trail and Landscape Construction (3)
RPTA 485G/B Resource Management for Fly Fisheries (3)
RPTA 487G/B Site Planning in Recreation and Parks (3)
RPTA 488G/B Park Open Space Planning (3)
RPTA 489G/B Park Maintenance and Operation Management (3)
RPTA 490G/B Independent Study (1–3, repeatable to 8)
III. Select one of the following exit options: 6 s.h.
RPTA 601 Thesis (6)
B. Graduate Research Project
RPTA 602 Graduate Research Project (6)
RPTA 603 Professional Internship (6)
TOTAL PROGRAM: 34 s.h.
*Bridge or “B” courses may be used at the undergraduate level to satisfy the requirements of both the Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and the Master of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration degrees. If taken after the undergraduate degree has been completed, 400-level courses must have the “G” designator.