The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

General Information

Two graduate degrees are offered: the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Ph.D. degree 

The M.S. 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 administration position in park, recreation and/or tourism agencies. 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 transcripts and scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The Ph.D. program is based on the student's grasp of recreation subject matter, competency to plan and conduct research, and the ability to effectively and professionally use written and oral communication. Enrollment requires that the student hold a bachelor's degree and a Masters degree for admission into the Ph.D. program. The prospective student must file an application form, submit undergraduate transcripts and scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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 February of each year.

A number of applicants who have been admitted to either the Masters or 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. Remuneration depends on hours worked and degree pursued. Hourly work associated with departmental projects may provide additional financial support. A limited number of University fellowships are also available.

For more information, contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at PRTMGrd@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-3400, FAX (864) 656-2226. You may also fill out our Prospective Student Request for Information.

If you would like to submit the Departmental Supplemental Information Form, please fill out the form. A formal Graduate School application must also be submitted. Please see http://www.grad.clemson.edu/Admission.php  for information.