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Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management

 

Master | Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management

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Graduate from one of the country’s leading masters programs in 2 years!

  • Expand your professional opportunities
  • Take one course at a time
  • Average graduation rate of 93% of students in 2 years
  • 7-week semesters
  • No GRE required with two years work experience

 

A peek into one of our courses

 

The online master's degree provides students with a professional education designed to advance their career development in parks, recreation, tourism, and sports industries. The courses are matched with the needs of industry and are taught by an experienced faculty who are dedicated to providing students with the skills they will need to lead and to gain a competitive advantage in their chosen field. Students can continue to work full-time while taking one course at a time and still complete all degree requirements in two years.

The flexible learning environment accommodates the demands of full-time employment. The contemporary instructional methods emphasize group discussions, frequent interactions with faculty and meaningful assignments that provide valuable skills and knowledge critical for career advancement.

Successful Graduates Demonstrate:

  • An in-depth knowledge of the conceptual foundations of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport;
  • An in-depth knowledge of the impacts of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport on active-healthy lifestyles and sustainable communities, and their connection to contemporary societal issues;
  • A foundation in advanced principles and procedures of management and ethical leadership  (e.g., administration, marketing, human resources, risk management, finance and budgeting) for the delivery of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport services; and
  • The ability to apply basic principles of research and evaluation related to recreation, parks, tourism, and sport services.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed application.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  4. Two years full-time professional work experience (submit your CV/Resume with application materials) OR scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) completed within the past five years.
  5. Three recommendations (including at least one academic reference).

PLAN OF STUDY

  • 31 Credit Hours to Graduate
  • Accelerated Course Format delivered through a variety of online technologies that facilitate student-to-student and student-to-instructor interactions.  Students take one course at a time for 7 weeks (2 courses per 15 week semester).
  • No GRE is Required for applicants with a minimum of two years full-time professional work experience.  Applicants with less than two years work experience will be required to take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) to be considered for admission into the program.
  • Students Admitted as a Cohort in the fall semester of each year.  Admitted students will attend an on-campus orientation at the beginning of their first semester (mid August) and are invited to attend on-campus commencement activities when they graduate.
  • Emphasis on Key Management Functions indicative of parks, recreation, tourism, and sport industries ensure students graduate with a mastery of advanced principles and procedures of management and ethical leadership (e.g., administration, marketing, organizational behavior, risk management, finance and budgeting) for the delivery of recreation, parks, tourism, and sport services.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Recognizing the constraints preventing many working professionals from advancing in the fields of parks, recreation and tourism management, we have developed a program of study designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to advance in their careers. With an emphasis on advanced management, graduates of our program will have the knowledge and credentials needed to advance in the fields of parks, recreation and tourism management.

Students must complete 22 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of electives (31 credit hours total) to graduate.

Required Courses

PRT 500 - Conceptual Foundations of Recreation

Units: 3

Exploration of the conceptual foundations of leisure, recreations, sport, play, and work, the history of ideas in the field and the relationships of these ideas to contemporary professional and social problems. Restricted to PRTM masters and students and others by consent of the instructor. This course will be offered in an accelerated seven-week format.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

PRT 503 - Advanced Fiscal Management for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Organizations

Units: 3

This course is intended to provide students with advanced concepts of fiscal management as applied to the unique industries of parks, recreation, tourism and sport management. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how the receipt, disbursement, and utilization of funds can foster sustainability within these types of organizations. Additionally, this course will focus on developing the skills necessary to apply ethical financial analysis principles through financial risk management. This course is restricted to PRTM masters students and others by consent of the instructor. This course will be offered online in an accelerated seven-week format.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

PRT 504 - Data Management and Applications in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management

Units: 3

Introduction to procedures and techniques used in research and evaluation in parks, recreation, sport, and tourism settings to solve management problems. The course emphasizes techniques for data collection, management, analysis, and communication of research findings. This course is restricted to PRTM masters students and others by consent of the instructor. This course will be offered online in an accelerated seven-week format.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

PRT 505 - GIS and Spatial Analysis in PRTS

Units: 3

Introduction to spatial reasoning and spatial analysis as implemented in geographic information systems [GIS] to perform evaluation and research in parks, recreation, tourism, and sport settings. This course is restricted to PRTM master's degree students or others with consent of the instructor.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

PRT 506 - Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport

Units: 3

This course will focus on the organization and administration of public, private and not-for-profit park, recreation, tourism and sports [PRTS] agencies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structural, human, political, and cultural factors that impact organizational efficiency and effectiveness - specifically focusing on these environments. The course will primarily address issues related to organization, management, ethical leadership, human personnel supervision, theory, and research. This course is restricted to PRTM master's degree students or by permission of instructor. This course will be offered online in an accelerated seven-week format.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

PRT 507 - Strategic Marketing Management in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Organizations

Units: 3

This course examines the theoretical principles and applications of marketing and promotion strategies for recreational sport and key marketing concepts and strategies using case studies. There is significant discussion on marketing activation, leveraging strategies of sport/event sponsor brands/ companies, and developing a marketing plan. This course is restricted to PRTM master's degree students and others with the content of the instructor. This course will be offered online in an accelerated seven-week format.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

PRT 508 - Risk Management for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Organizations

Units: 3

This course explores risk management in PRTs organizations with an emphasis on ethical managerial strategies. The topics include legal concepts related to specific managerial functions, impacts on functions in recreation environments that result in more efficient and successful operation and protection for the organization. In addition, effective strategies for risk management related to facilitating active-healthy lifestyles and sustainable communities will be explored. This course is restricted to PRT master's degree students and others by consent of the instructor. This course will be offered online in an accelerated seven-week format.

Offered in Summer

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2016 Summer Term 1

PRT 650 - Professional Electronic Portfolio for Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Units: 1

Students will develop a personalized digital portfolio of the work completed in all required courses in the Masters of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management program. The portfolio should include evidence, reflection, and critical analysis of core competencies achieved throughout their academic course of study. This course must be taken during a student's last semester after he or she has completed all the required courses.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 31 Credits Completed at NC State: $12,768.28

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 31 Credits Completed at NC State: $31,244.28

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
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Director

PRTM Online Master's Program

919-513-0350
prtmonline@ncsu.edu

Erin Adair

Instructional Technologist

College of Natural Resources


ejadair@ncsu.edu

Our Students Say

"This program has been a game changer in a positive way. I have already applied many of the things learned into my career. I was the recipient of the 2015 Georgia Recreation & Park Association New Initiative Grant, and was able to write a successful grant due to the lessons I learned in Fiscal Management. As this journey ends the possibilities are endless. I am eager to see what comes next both in my professional and personal life."

- Lindsey Pritchard, PRTSM Graduate 2016