Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Online Masters Degrees

The power of IU Online...the prestige of an MS Degree...

From one of the preeminent Recreation, Park and Tourism studies program in the nation.

As an online student at Indiana University, you’ll receive an education that’s second to none. You’ll get a degree that’s recognized and respected all over the world. And you’ll join an exclusive group of I. U. alumni more than 560,000 strong.

And, you’ll get your graduate degree from one of the top 10 recreation, park, and tourism studies programs in the nation with alumni from all over the world who are serving in manager and executive positions in various agencies across the country.

Typical Careers for Graduates

A Master of Science degree at IU provides students with the newest approaches to working in recreation, park, and tourism service organizations including government agencies, non-profit organizations, health care and human service agencies, and businesses.

These degrees focus on “deep learning,” which promotes critical analysis of ideas so that they may be used with existing skills, knowledge and information by students to gain a better understanding and ability to implement concepts. This in turn leads to a greater capacity to analyze new and changing situations or scenarios, and to problem-solve, apply concepts, data, observations, and principles to the issue. The program prides itself on developing graduates who can identify data, analyze information, and apply it in decision making situations.

Get Your MS in Recreation degree in One of These Majors

Park and Public Lands Management

The program emphasizes leadership and stewardship of lands and facilities balanced with public enjoyment of parks and facilities. Employing contemporary practices that balance resource protection with recreation and use of lands, this MS degree is embedded in Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands whose partnerships with the National Park Service (NPS), state park departments, and municipalities across the nation allow students in this program to learn from these agency personnel.

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Recreation Administration

This program provides students with a general approach to mid-level management of recreation and leisure services in a wide varitey of settings. This option is for students and/or working professionals interested in gaining advancement to administrative positions in public agencies, private/commercial orgainzations, campus recreation, military recreation, or general park administration/management. According to the National Recreationa & Park Association, "the average park and recreation agency employs four executive personel, 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.

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Recreational Therapy

The major in recreational therapy prepares students to assume positions as recreational therapists. Using a variety of techniques, therapists treat and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Professionals assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. All students graduating from the major are eligible to sit for the Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.

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Associate Chair for Graduate Studies:
Dr. Jennifer Piatt, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Studies, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies
1025 E. Seventh Street, PH 133, Indiana University,
Bloomington, IN 47405