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Recreation and Leisure Studies

Graduate Program

The department offers the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies for students interested in advanced professional study in recreation management.

The Master of Science consists of a common core of 30 credits in recreation and leisure-related philosophical, behavioral, statistics, and research courses. Completion of a research project or the completion of a master's thesis is required. An additional six credits of electives is required, bringing the total to 36 credits in the program.

Students are given opportunities for employment in settings such as: city and state parks and recreation agencies, boys and girls clubs, the YMCA and YWCA, large scale commercial and resort recreation facilities, military recreation, campus recreation and other exciting and diverse facilities.

Mission Statement

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at The College at Brockport offers a competitive master’s degree program that supports student success through an academic environment that fosters scholarship, critical thinking, and creativity. Our program prepares graduates for employment in leadership and management positions as well as the pursuit of further educational studies.


Departmental Policies

Recreation and Leisure Services Management Curriculum

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Career opportunities

The Recreation Management (RM) concentration provides graduate students with academic courses and field and research experiences that have prepared them for upper-level managerial positions in the public, private, or market sectors, and in planning and research. Students are given opportunities to examine the underlying philosophies, behavioral implications, and professional practices essential to the delivery of effective and efficient recreation and leisure programs, services, and products in an increasingly diverse society.

Financial aid and scholarships

The Financial Aid Office provides information regarding financial assistance in meeting education costs. Well over half of the students at Brockport receive financial assistance. Students interested in applying for grants, work, or educational loans should familiarize themselves with the Financial Aid Handbook for Brockport Students and consult with the Financial Aid Office in the Rakov Center.

There is also the Martin H. Rogers Award for which matriculated recreation and leisure studies master's degree students may apply. In addition, many regional recreation and park professional societies provide scholarships and/or grants to residents of their locality who are pursuing graduate education in recreation and leisure. Students interested in applying for such aid should contact their regional recreation and park society.

Specialization within the MPA

Effective January 1994, a new opportunity is available to Recreation and Leisure professionals who are committed to the public sector. The Master's of Public Administration (MPA) program in collaboration with the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is offering a Non Profit Specialization under the General Emphasis of the MPA. It is designed for those who want to expand their graduate degree in the broader area of public administration in order to open up career paths in city management or human resources administration.

For more information contact:

Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lynda Sperazza
(585) 395-5490
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Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
350 New Campus Drive
SUNY Brockport
Brockport, NY 14420-2976
(585) 395-2994
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Office of Graduate Studies
The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420-2914
(585) 395-5465


Last Updated 4/25/13