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PRTM Graduate Programs Admission and Application

Guidelines for M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

Consideration for admission to each program is based on a comprehensive review of the applicant’s admission packet, including past academic performance and professional experience. Requirements include the following:

M.S. Degrees (thesis and non-thesis)

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA, last two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum of 3.0* out of 4.0
  • M.S. in Recreational Therapy students must be eligible for certification as a CTRS prior to admission.
  • M.S. Youth Development Leadership students enroll as a cohort. Each fall semester a new student cohort begins. A spring semester (January) cohort is implemented based on the number of students interested and admitted.
  • TOEFL / IELTS - For international students’ language ability, a TOEFL score or IELTS test is required. Minimum scores are as follows:
    • pbT TOEFL - greater than 610
    • IBT TOEFL - greater than 102
    • CBT TOEFL - greater than 253
    • IELTS - greater than 6.5
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • GRE is required for M.S. (thesis) and recommended but not required for M.S. (non-thesis)
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience
  • Personal statement: Such statement is reviewed closely to identify one's research interests and/or professional experience related to parks, recreation, or tourism. Listed below are specific questions for applicants to address, but not limit themselves to, within their personal statement. These questions could be addressed in one whole essay, or as itemized responses to the questions as outlined on the online graduate school application:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and a professional career? If appropriate, describe your professional experience as it relates to parks, recreation, sport or tourism.
    • Why do you feel Clemson University is appropriate for you? Why do you think the program (thesis or non-thesis) offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is a good match for your interests?
    • Why are you pursuing a graduate degree? In what ways would your degree contribute to your future and/or career?

* Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. In reviewing the applicant’s entire packet, there may be convincing reasons to admit the applicant (e.g., professional experience) even though the required GPA or TOEFL (for international applicants) is below the minimum.

Doctoral (PhD) Degree

  • Bachelor's and M.S. degrees from accredited institutions
  • GPA, M.S. degree 3.0* out of 4.0
  • TOEFL / IELTS - For international students’ language ability, a TOEFL score or IELTS test is required. Minimum scores are as follows:
    • pbT TOEFL - greater than 610
    • IBT TOEFL - greater than 102
    • CBT TOEFL - greater than 253
    • IELTS - greater than 6.5
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • Current GRE scores
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience
  • Personal statement: Such statement is reviewed closely to identify one's research interests and/or professional experience related to parks, recreation or tourism. Listed below are specific questions for applicants to address, but not limit themselves to, within their personal statement. These questions could be addressed in one whole essay, or as itemized responses to the questions as outlined on the online graduate school application:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and a professional career? If appropriate, describe your research and professional experience as it relates to parks, recreation, sport or tourism.
    • Why do you feel Clemson University is appropriate for you? Why do you think the program offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is a good match for your interests?
    • Why are you pursuing a doctoral degree? In what ways would your degree contribute to your future and/or career?
  • For Recreational Therapy Cognate Area Only Also Include:
    • A personal statement outlining the purpose for pursuing Clemson’s online Ph.D. and your career goals. Please also identify your research interests related to any RT modality, setting or population. Finally, please describe your strengths and weaknesses as an online learner.
    • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or job performance as a recreational therapist (one of each preferred).
    • Unofficial transcripts of all previous academic work, both graduate and undergraduate. Official transcripts will be required once admission has been granted. GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate course work.
    • Documentation of certification as a certified therapeutic recreational specialist.
    • A copy of your most recent resume/curriculum vitae. Please give a clear indication of your recreational therapy experience, including your job title, name of supervisor(s), your duties or responsibilities and approximate number of hours worked at each setting (note: 2,000 hours of work experience beyond internship are required in recreational therapy prior to admission to the program). Other information related to professional and academic qualifications should be included at the discretion of the applicant.

* Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. In reviewing the applicant’s entire packet, there may be convincing reasons to admit the applicant (e.g., professional experience) even though the required GPA or TOEFL (for international applicants) is below the minimum.

Application Procedures

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and welcome your application for admission to our graduate program.

To apply for all parks, recreation and tourism management graduate programs, please visit the Clemson University Graduate School website for all application materials.

Deadlines

M.S. (non-thesis, online): We recommend that your application and all materials be received at least one month prior to the intended start term. Keep in mind that applications received close to the beginning of the intended start term may not be processed in time for you to begin that course.

M.S. (thesis) and Ph.D.: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but preference is given to those who have a complete application packet for fall admission by February 1. For spring admission preference is given to those who have a complete application packet by November 1. Please note that assistantship decisions are made for fall admissions in mid-February (there is rarely funding available for a spring start). No separate application is necessary to be considered for funding.

Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed by a committee. The committee will make one of two recommendations to the Graduate College:

  • accept—satisfies all admission requirements
  • reject—does not satisfy most of the admission requirements.