Online Education

Park & Public Lands Management Through Online Learning

Who Is This Degree For?

Online education allows continuing education to be more accessible to a wider range of people. This master’s degree program allows working professionals and employees access to a graduate education without having to leave the field, accommodating a working professional’s needs. Professionals, or continuing education students, will receive in-depth knowledge pertaining to park principles and management techniques along with an understanding of the most up-to-date trends and issues related to the park field.

Program of Study 

A Master of Science in Recreation degree with a major in park and public lands management provides students with approaches to managing land-based operations at the national, state, regional, and local levels. The program emphasizes the stewardship of lands entrusted to many public agencies and affiliated private firms in order to improve the environment, sustain public enjoyment of parks and facilities by employing contemporary management practices, and balance resource protection with recreation and use of lands. This program is delivered through online education. This MS in Recreation degree through the School of Public Health’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies (RPTS) enjoys a close affiliation with Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands. Founded in 1993 by RPTS, the Eppley Institute is a unique outreach program for the park, recreation, and public land management professions and has worked with parks and public lands agencies such as the National Park Service (NPS), California State Parks, City of Boulder, CO, and Municipality of Anchorage, AK, Parks and Recreation, along with many other leading public agencies since 2000.

Two-Year Plan

A student in this online degree program is expected to complete graduation requirements in two to four years. Two courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, while three courses are offered during the summer months. Students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester; however, open enrollment in the program is available.

“This program offers to students the opportunity to continue their professional employment while at the same time pursuing an advanced degree. This often means that concepts presented in coursework are immediately applicable to one’s professional experience. It affords students the opportunity to evaluate and apply concepts presented in classes in the real world almost immediately.”

– Bryan P. McCormick, PhD, CTRS
Professor & Chair
Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

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For more information about this program, please contact:

Dr. Lynn Jamieson
(812) 855-8676

For more information about the Eppley Institute, please contact:

Steve Wolter
(812) 855-7083

To register for courses, visit the online registration page.