The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management



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


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA, last two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum of 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 an online graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • GRE is recommended but not required
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience**
  • Personal Statement: Such statement is reviewed closely to identify one's interests and 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:
    1. 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.
    2. Why do you feel the Clemson University is appropriate for you? Why do you think the online program offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management is a good match for your interests?
    3. Why are you pursuing an online 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.

** Professional experience in the field, although not necessary, would improve an applicant’s admission packet. Such experience should be highlighted in the applicant's resume and the applicant's "personal statement."

Application Procedures

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

To apply for the online Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, please visit the Clemson University Graduate School for all application materials at

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.

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

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