Master of Science in Recreation Administration

The Highest Standards in Public Health Education Within Your Reach

A Master of Science in Recreation Administration provides students with a general approach to mid-level management of recreation and leisure services in a wide variety of settings. This option is for students and/or working professionals interested in gaining advancement to administrative positions in public agencies, private/commercial organizations, campus recreation, military recreation, or general park administration/management.  According to the National Recreation & Park Association, “the average park and recreation agency employs four executive personnel, seven administrative personnel, and three planning/development personnel.”  Under succession planning, working professionals earning an advanced degree in recreation administration are better positioning themselves to move up into those executive and administrative positions.

2017 - 2018 Suggested schedule of online courses for the Master program:
* Electives (9-12 cr.) Select in consultation with the academic advisor.

Year One (2017)

Course

Title

Credits

Fall

R574* 1st 8Wk

Human Resource Mgmt in Rec Sports

3

 

R550 2nd 8Wk

Fiscal Management in Recreation Admin

3

Year Two (2018)

Course

Title

Credits

Spring

X590 2nd 8Wk

Intro to Research in Hlth, Kines & Rec

3

 

R544

 Legal Aspects of Recreation

3

Summer

Q501

Introduction to Statistics in Public Health 

3

R573*

Seminar in Recreational Sports

2

Fall

R510

Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation 

3

R571* 1st 8Wk

Recreational Sports Administration

3

Year Three (2019)

Course

Title

Credits

Spring

R511 1st 8Wk

 Organizational Leadership of Leisure Services

3

TBD

Elective

3

Summer

X505

Principles and Foundations of Public Health  

3

R598 or R697

MS Project in Admin. or Internship in Rec. and Parks

2-4 or
3

Fall

R574* 1st 8 Wk

Human Resource Mgmt in Rec Sports 

3

R550 2nd 8 Wk

Fiscal Management in Recreation Admin

3

Year Four (2020)

Course

Title

Credits

Spring X590 2nd 8 Wk Intro to Research in Hlth, Kines & Rec 3
R544 Legal Aspects of Recreation 3
Summer Q501 Introduction to Statistics in Public Hlth 3
R573* Seminar in Recreational Sports 2

Total for Program

35

Program of Study

The M.S. in Recreation Administration provides the opportunity to earn an advanced degree within a two-year period by completing 35 credit hours of course work including philosophy of leisure and recreation; human resource management; finance and budget; research in health, kinesiology, and recreation; and statistics in public health. As a non-thesis degree program, students will complete a capstone project involving the application of key principles to an in-depth study of a practical problem or an experiential internship.

Graduation

You have worked hard on your degree or certificate. You are cordially invited to come to Bloomington to be a part of the IU Ceremony and attend the special reception hosted by the Dean of the School of Public Health-Bloomington.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Melissa Page
Student Service Specialist
melipage@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1232