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.

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.


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
Project Specialist
(812) 855-1232