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Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Master's Degrees

Master of Science Program

At the master's degree (MS) level, you may choose either thesis or non-thesis professional preparation programs. You can specialize in areas involving tourism, commercial recreation, natural resource management, therapeutic recreation, or experiential education.

Thesis Track

The thesis track is best suited to individuals who intend to pursue advanced studies beyond the masters degree. It is designed for students who are interested in the scientific study of phenomena related to park, recreation, and tourism management.

The thesis option requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work, including thesis research. Search for previous PRT theses at the Marriott Library's Theses and Dissertations collection.

Non-Thesis Track

The non-thesis option within the academic track is intended for students who are anticipating an administrative or professional position and who are interested in extending the scope of their studies in the discipline accordingly.

The non-thesis professional option requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, including a eight hour practicum, and additional course work in lieu of thesis.

Graduates of our MS program have found employment in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, or have continued on to PhD programs.

Graduate Advising

Dr. Dorothy Schmalz

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 801-581-8080


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