Banner Code: E1-MS-SRST
This 30-credit master of science in Sport and Recreation Studies (SRST), consisting of five concentrations, meets the growing need for professionals and academics in the areas of international sport management, recreation administration, sport and leisure studies, sport coaching, and sport management. This degree prepares students as professionals who will more adequately serve the industry and their communities, and students who wish to pursue advanced study (doctoral programs) in these disciplinary areas leading to employment (and contributions) in academe. This program offers the traditional research masters’ thesis option and the option of an applied research project linked to a professional setting or internship.
This program of study is offered by the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (RHT) within the College of Education and Human Development
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In addition to fulfilling admission requirements for graduate study, applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics. All applicants are required to submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (unless a graduate of Mason) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT); three letters of reference (two from professors); official transcripts; and a 500-1,000 word statement outlining their background and experience and future goals in International Sport Management, Recreation Administration, Sport and Leisure Studies, Sport Coaching, and Sport Management. Applicants without a sport, leisure, or recreation-related degree must indicate through the written statement and letters of recommendation how their academic and/or professional background prepares them for admission to the Sport and Recreation Studies graduate program.
Successful applicants have an overall GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 undergraduate credits; generally a minimum GPA 3.25 in undergraduate courses, and combined scores of 900 or above on the GRE. Admission to the graduate programs in RHT is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.
MS Requirements (15 credits)
Students are required to take a set of core foundations courses that will provide grounding in historical and socio-cultural foundations, ethical and legal issues, social-psychological perspectives, management and administration, and research methods and statistics. As well, all students will complete a capstone thesis or project specific to their concentration.
▲ Concentration in International Sport Management (ISPM)
▲ Concentration in Recreation Administration (RADM)
▲ Concentration in Sport and Leisure Studies (SPLS)
▲ Concentration in Sport Coaching (SPTC)
▲ Concentration in Sport Management (SPMT)