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Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt-MS (thesis)

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Degrees Offered

Introduction

The M.S. (thesis) places greater emphasis on research design and methodology and requires a thesis representing an original contribution to scholarship acceptable to the faculty and Graduate School. This degree is designed for people planning to undertake doctoral study, research related positions in their chosen profession, or an administration position in a park, recreation and/or tourism agency. Enrollment requires that the student hold a bachelor’s degree for admission into the Master’s program. The prospective student must file an application form, submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and 2 letters of reference.

Handbook

More information can be found in this graduate handbook.

About

Program of Study

The M.S. thesis in PRTM consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. The M.S. thesis contains 11 credit hours of core coursework in PRTM, 19 collateral area credit hours, and 6 thesis hours. The four concentration areas that are offered for the M.S. non-thesis degree are Travel and Tourism (T&T); Recreational Therapy (RT); Parks and Conservation Area Management (PCAM); and Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management (CRSCM). Up to 12 credits of graduate courses below the 8000-level may count toward the degree requirements as determined by the Graduate Committee. No more than 12 hours earned as a non-degree seeking student may count toward the M.S. (Thesis) degree.

Minimum Course Requirements (17 hours)

    • PRTM 8010 Philosophical Foundations (3 credits)
    • PRTM 8080 Behavioral Aspects of PRTM (3 credits)
    • PRTM 8110 Research Methods in PRTM (3 credits)
    • PRTM 8910 Master’s Research (6 credits)
    • PRTM 9100 Research Seminar (2 credits)

Other Courses (19 hours)

    • 3-4 credits of statistics
    • 3 credits research methods in addition to PRTM 8110
    • 12-13 hours additional classes to be selected by student with advisor’s approval
    • At least one half of the total graduate credit hours, exclusive of thesis research, will be from courses numbered 8000 or above. TOTAL: 36 hours

Final Examination: 

A thesis is required with a successful oral defense of the thesis.

Facilities

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is housed in Lehotsky Hall on Clemson University’s campus. There are several entities of the department in other locations on and off campus.

The Clemson University Outdoor Laboratory began in 1970 when faculty in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration (now PRTM) first dreamed of building an outdoor recreational facility to do two things: serve Clemson University students as a laboratory for practical experience and to provide meaningful camping experiences for individuals across the state with special needs. The Outdoor Lab is located five miles from the University campus on a beautiful peninsula on Lake Hartwell. In the midst of the 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest, the Outdoor Lab provides meeting, programming and research possibilities that can be found in few environments. It also serves as a conference center and has a high-ropes challenge course. For more information, please visit their website located at:  http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/outdoor-lab/

The Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs conducts applied research and service in public policy areas at the local, regional, state and national levels. The institute draws upon the expertise of Clemson University faculty, staff and students and has an established record of collaborative partnerships with academic, governmental and private sector scholars throughout the world. The director of the institute serves as a faculty member in our department. For more information, please visit their website located at: http://sti.clemson.edu

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University (OLLI) is a membership organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for adults to further their knowledge in both academic and recreational pursuits and to share their experience and interests with other members. Their vision is to provide residents of the Upstate of South Carolina with an excellent lifelong learning program while embracing the uniqueness of their members and Clemson University. For more information, please visit their website located at:  http://www.clemson.edu/OLLI

Clemson University is also home to the Institute for Parks at Clemson University that provides a comprehensive program of research, education, training and outreach that enhances the management of the world’s parks and protected areas, while concurrently increasing the global public’s understanding of the natural, cultural and recreational value of these treasured resources. It accomplishes this by:

  • providing research to inform more effective and efficient management decisions;
  • increasing individual and institutional capacity through transformative leadership education and training programs;
  • connecting the global park community and delivering just-in-time knowledge through the Open Parks Network, an innovative Internet network; and
  • promoting the relevance of parks and protected areas to a rapidly changing, multicultural, global society.

Clemson University’s Pre-Collegiate Programs Office (PcPO) is commissioned by the President of Clemson University to support a high-quality, safe environment for children that participate in programs affiliated with our University. The PcPO takes a proactive approach to protecting children and the employees, faculty and staff of the University. The PcPO also works with colleges, departments, and external clients to provide general guidance and support, or to arrange for every programming detail for youth programs by coordinating housing, meals, publicity, pre-registrations, registrations, financial management, transportation and facilities. For more information, please visit their site at: http://www.clemson.edu/administration/pre-collegiate/index.html

Research

A number of applicants who have been admitted to the Doctoral program in the Department will be selected for work with a faculty member who has compatible interests. Diverse faculty interests provide opportunities in such areas as therapeutic recreation, campus recreation, community recreation management, resource management and travel and tourism. Duties can include teaching, research, or related responsibilities, varying from 10 to 20 hours per week.

Applying

Application Information

Enrollment requires that the student hold a bachelor’s degree for admission into the Master’s program. The prospective student must file an application form, submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and 2 letters of reference.

Applications are accepted and encouraged from those whose undergraduate education did not include the formal study of recreation and parks. Normally, applications are considered in mid-January of each year.

A number of applicants who have been admitted to the Masters program in the Department will be selected for work with a faculty member who has compatible interests. Diverse faculty interests provide opportunities in such areas as therapeutic recreation, campus recreation, community recreation management, resource management and travel and tourism. Duties can include teaching, research, or related responsibilities, varying from 10 to 20 hours per week. Remuneration depends on hours worked and degree pursued. Hourly work associated with departmental projects may provide additional financial support. A limited number of Departmental and University fellowships are also available.

Required Documents

Financial

Applicants who would like to be considered for graduate assistantship funding for the fall semester need to have all application materials completed by January 15th. While additional funding may be awarded to those students who apply after this deadline, preference is given to those who have met the January 15th deadline. All other applications are due by April 15th although consideration for fall admission may be given to applicants after that date as well. For spring admission, application materials are due by November 15th.

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