Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
The demand for professionals with an advanced degree in the leisure service industry continues to increase. Job opportunities in parks and recreation,
sports management, hotel management, convention and tourist bureaus, health and fitness clubs, and volunteer and youth agencies, just to name a few, are
on the rise. Employees with graduate degrees will have the best opportunities for supervisory or administrative positions.
The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers an
online Master of Science degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism. This degree provides you a quality and highly accessible education, ensuring that you
are prepared to meet the changing requirements of the leisure services industry.
The Recreation, Sport and Tourism program focuses on quality online pedagogy that engages the student in discussion with classmates and instructors,
challenges them with meaningful assignments and research, and provides useful training for an advanced career.
The M.S. in Recreation, Sport and Tourism delivers courses using online instruction that emphasizes group collaboration, concluding with a final course
dedicated to the writing of a professional paper.
Upon successful completion of all coursework, you will earn a Master of Science degree from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Degree/Certificate: Masters Degree
Total Credit Hours: 36
Cohorts for this program will start on the first Wednesday of January, May and August/September each year, with the next cohorts starting:
May 1, 2013
September 4, 2013
Courses are eight weeks in length, and applications are accepted throughout the year.
Required Campus Visits: 0
Completion Schedules: Each course is eight weeks in length. The typical course load is one course per eight-week term. At this
rate, you can complete the degree in 18 months if you take courses in back-to-back terms.
Applicants should plan to have all application materials submitted to the University two weeks prior to the first day of classes.
Those specific dates for the next three cohort starts are as follows:
Cohort Start Dates
- Summer 2013: April 15, 2013
- Fall 2013: August 15, 2013
Contact the program team listed below with any questions about application deadlines.
Timothy Tiger, Program Coordinator
Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
205N Huff Hall,
1206 South Fourth Street,
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-3629
Heather Miller, Program Director
Office of Continuing Education
1102 S. Goodwin Avenue, MC-046
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 265-6568