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Thank you for your interest in the MS Program!

To learn more about Parks, Recreation, and Tourism graduate studies at the University of Utah, please refer to the PRT Graduate Bulletin and the Master's Handbook (see GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCES at the bottom). 

Graduate Assistantships

Each year, we offer a limited amount of graduate assistantships to MS students. All applicants are assumed to desire funding and are matched with these positions through the admission process.

Each assistantship requires 20 hours of work a week for 9 months and includes a monthly stipend, tuition/fee waiver, and subsidized health insurance. Please visit The Graduate School for details on fellowships and benefits 

Western Regional Graduate Program

Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to enroll in our program and pay resident tuition rates through WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Learn more about how to receive resident tuition through WICHE or contact graduate admissions at (801) 581-7283.

Applying to the MS Degree Program

  1. Students must have an earned a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for the final two years of undergraduate work. Students with degrees not in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism are encouraged to apply. Those students without prior degrees in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will enroll in content awareness classes.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (reference requests are made from The Graduate School's application portal, see below).
  3. Resume indicating background and experience.
  4. For international applicants, performance on TOEFL meeting the requirement of The Graduate School.
  5. Entrance examination (written composition of approximately 10 pages). Please prepare an original composition, not to exceed ten pages, on a specific topic related to parks, recreation, and tourism studies that is of special interest to you. The composition must be uniquely composed for this exam. Term papers, employment-related reports, etc. are not appropriate. Be certain to focus on a single topic and include citations for any references that you use. The composition should provide faculty with insight into one of your interests in parks, recreation, and tourism studies and it should enable you to demonstrate your ability to organize and integrate ideas and communicate in written form. Graduate faculty in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation will examine your paper for clarity and grammatical construction, organization and focus of ideas, effectiveness of transitions between major themes and ideas, validity and soundness of reasoning, and quality of evidence you provide in support of your positions. As such, you are writing an argument, not a descriptive work. Results of the evaluation of your paper will be used by graduate faculty in making a recommendation to the Graduate School concerning your admission or non-admission to graduate studies in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Please download the Master's Program Examination Form and attach it as a cover sheet for your paper.  
  6. Graduate school application, fee, and official transcripts.
  7. Scores of 155 Verbal and 145 Quantitative on the GRE. Comparable scores on alternate graduate exams may be acceptable (e.g., GMAT).
  8. All materials can be submitted electronically to The Graduate School's Application Portal.

Application Materials Due Date

Students seeking Fall admission to the MS program should complete their graduate applications by March 1.

International applicants are encouraged to allow additional time for the application process. Please note: The international student applicant pool is highly competitive, and most successful applicants have arranged for faculty sponsorship prior to completing their applications.

Graduate Advising

Dr. Dorothy Schmalz

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 801-581-8080


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