Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies

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The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offer a competitive Master of Science degree that develops graduates for advancement in the profession through leadership and management coursework. The program also prepares students for continuing their education toward a career in academia. For students whose baccalaureate degree is not in recreation, the program prepares them for both entry into the profession and a pathway for career advancement.

According to New York state regulations concerning the educational requirements for professional certification, the master's in Recreation and Leisure Studies is a "closely related subject area" for those seeking professional certification in Physical Education.

Admission to the Program

A minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average in the undergraduate major and in the total undergraduate degree program is required for regular admission (matriculation) into the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies program. Applicants who fail to meet this standard but who show potential for success in graduate work, may, at the discretion of the faculty, be offered conditional admission, and those conditions will be detailed in the applicant's offer of admission. Applicants without undergraduate degrees in recreation and leisure studies are required to complete baccalaureate-level prerequisite course work in recreation and leisure studies once admitted for matriculation into the Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate program. Credits earned in such baccalaureate-level courses are not applicable in meeting graduate degree requirements, but may be taken concurrently with graduate coursework.

Application materials are available online. The application includes:

  • general personal information (in the online application)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of objectives
  • a critical analysis writing exercise

For questions about the application process, please contact the Graudate School.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

At least 18 of the minimum of 36 credits in the Master of Science in Recreation and Studies program must be taken at the 600 level or above.

Required Coursework

  • REL 514 Planing, Design and Management of Facilities
  • REL 600 Philosophical Analysis of Leisure
  • REL 602 Executive Processes in Leisure Services
  • REL 605 Administration & Management in Leisure Services
  • REL 610 Comprehensive Progam Planning
  • REL 715 Seminar: Research Design
  • TWO graduate elective courses (six credits) selected with the approval of the academic advisor