The Recreation and Sport Management program prepares students with the necessary competencies to pursue career opportunities primarily in intercollegiate athletic administration, but also more generally in public recreation administration, commercial recreation, sport management, community recreation, and outdoor recreation either in private or public sectors, including university settings. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for the M.Ed. degree and 96 hours are required for the Ed.D. degree, including master's work.

Prerequisites to Degree Program: For acceptance to the master’s degree programs, the program area requires, in addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, an undergraduate degree in recreation or a related field and the following admission standards: an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or if the overall undergraduate GPA is between 2.70 and 2.99, the student must have a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (excluding student teaching), or a minimum GRE score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the general test (or the equivalent on the new GRE exam).

Requirements for the Master of Education Degree: Candidates for a Master of Education degree in Recreation and Sport Management must complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work and a thesis or 36 semester hours without a thesis. In addition to the program requirements listed below, all candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Recreation and Sport Management:(36 hours)

Required Research Component
ESRM 5393Statistics in Education and Health Professions (Sp, Su, Fa)3
HHPR 5353Research in Health, Human Performance and Recreation (Sp, Su, Fa)3
Required Courses
RESM 5813Social Issues in Sport (Su, Fa)3
RESM 5873Leadership in Recreation and Sport Management Services (Su, Fa)3
RESM 5883Recreation and Sport Services Promotion (Su)3
RESM 5893Public and Private Finance in Recreation and Sport Management (Fa)3
RESM 6533Legal and Political Aspects (Sp)3
Approved Electives 9
Capstone Requirement6
Internship (Sp, Su, Fa)
Independent Study (Sp, Su, Fa)
Strategic Organizational Design in Recreation and Sport Management (Sp)
Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa)
Total Hours36

Area of Study: The program prepares qualified students for professional competence and service in the area of recreation and sport management.

Prerequisites for Acceptance to the Ed.D. Degree Program:The applicant must have completed a master’s degree or its equivalent in recreation or a closely-related field and meet general admission requirements of the Graduate School. An application should include identification of the applicant’s objectives, supportive background information including three letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue an Ed.D. in Recreation and Sport Management, a GPA of at least 3.00 on all graduate course work, and an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Additional prerequisites may be prescribed after review of application materials. Furthermore, applicants who present a GRE score of 1200 or greater on the combined verbal/quantitative portions, a GRE writing score of 5.5. or greater, an overall GPA of at least 3.85 and faculty approval may apply for admission to the Ed.D. Recreation program after completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree: This program is designed for those wishing to prepare for college, university, or community college positions in recreation and sport management. The program must include the general degree requirements of the College of Education and Health Professions in addition to courses selected with the approval of the candidate’s advisory committee.

Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to doctoral degrees.

Courses

RESM 4023. Outdoor Adventure Leadership (Su). 3 Hours.

This course considers the values and scope of outdoor recreation programs, leadership and skill development with practical experience in a wilderness environment. The course will include a canoe trip through the wilderness, and skill training in such areas as orienteering and rock climbing; and leadership development in interpersonal and processing skills. The graduate portion of the class is geared toward leading and trip planning for taking college age and older students into remote areas.

RESM 4273. The Intramural Sports Program (Odd Years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Historical development, aim and objectives, organization, administration, units of competition, program of activities, schedule making, scoring plans, rules and regulations, awards, and special administrative problems.

RESM 5293. Athletics and Higher Education (Sp, Su). 3 Hours.

This course features an examination of the historical development of athletics within American institutions of higher learning with an emphasis upon concepts and ideals that underlie the developments and the major problems affecting contemporary intercollegiate athletics. The purpose of this course is to teach the learner about the development of intercollegiate athletics from the mid-19th century to today. A second purpose of this course is to examine the major issues facing sport administrators within intercollegiate athletics today.

RESM 5333. Sport Media and Public Relations (Fa). 3 Hours.

The course will explore the relationship between media organizations and sport organizations, with an emphasis on the business of media rights, as well as public relations theories such as two-way symmetrical communication and agenda setting. Finally, the course will examine practical communication tactics employed by public relations practitioners such as image repair and crisis communications, and the issues presented by forms of new media.

RESM 5463. Sports Facilities Management (Su). 3 Hours.

Considers basic elements and procedures in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of sport facilities; management considerations in conducting various types of events.

RESM 560V. Workshop (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

RESM 574V. Internship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

This experiential-based course requires 135 hours per semester of work in a recreation or sport setting.

RESM 5813. Social Issues in Sport (Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Using sociological theories and scholarship to examine social and cultural influences on sport and physical activity. Course is based on a social justice framework and a cultural studies perspective.

RESM 5833. Recreation and Sport for Special Populations (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Skills, knowledge, and concepts within recreation and sport which are appropriate to planning and implementing recreation and sport programs and services for the handicapped.

RESM 5843. Tourism (Sp). 3 Hours.

Explores major concepts of tourism to discover what makes tourism work, how tourism is organized, and its social and economic effects.

RESM 5853. Strategic Organizational Design in Recreation and Sport Management (Sp). 3 Hours.

Nature, background, significance, and trends in recreation in the school and community. Attention is given to departmental organization, administrative practices, program financing, personnel, safety, and legal aspects.

RESM 5873. Leadership in Recreation and Sport Management Services (Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Considers research, theory, and practical applications of leadership principles utilized in the provision of recreation and sport management services. Focus is on motivation, attitude, communication, group dynamics, and problem solving.

RESM 5883. Recreation and Sport Services Promotion (Su). 3 Hours.

Examines specific strategies for promoting recreation and sport programs in the local community.

RESM 5893. Public and Private Finance in Recreation and Sport Management (Fa). 3 Hours.

Develops an understanding of both public and private finance management for students in public and private management positions. Provides an understanding of the budgeting processes and techniques used in obtaining and controlling funds, including private sector finance problems in areas of credit, pricing, indexing, and debt management.

RESM 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-18 Hour.

RESM 605V. Independent Study (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

RESM 612V. Directed Reading in Recreation and Sport (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

Critical analysis of literature in the area of recreation and sport.

RESM 6133. Issues in RESM (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A review of the significant social, demographic, behavioral, developmental, and technological issues that influence health, kinesiology, and recreation and sport management programs. Pre- or Corequisite: for doctoral level students only.

RESM 6533. Legal and Political Aspects (Sp). 3 Hours.

An overview of major legislation affecting recreation and sport management professions; how to operate within these laws; and methods for influencing new legislation. Also discusses political aspects of professions both outside and inside government agencies.

RESM 674V. Internship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

Students will learn diverse teaching techniques and implement them in an ongoing undergraduate recreation and sport management class serving as the teaching laboratory. The "what" "when" and "how" relative to integrating various teaching techniques with specific content areas in the class will be explored by both the student and the instructor.