The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Masters of Science PRTM (on-line, non-Thesis)

Admission information for the M.S. (on-line, non-Thesis) Degree

Technical Requirements for the M.S. (on-line, non-Thesis) classes

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  • Application Deadline

    Applications are taken on a rolling basis with preference given to students who meet the following deadlines: Fall admission: May 31; Spring admission: October 31.

  • Curriculum

    The M.S. non-thesis in PRTM consists of 30 credit hours of on-line coursework. The M.S. non-thesis contains 4 core classes, 1 class in management, and 4 concentration classes. In addition, all students will be required to complete a 3 credit hour culminating project. The three concentration areas that will be offered for the M.S. non-thesis degree will be Travel and Tourism, Parks and Conservation Area Management, and Community Recreation Management. Up to 12 credits of graduate courses below the 800-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. (non-thesis) degree.

  • Core Classes

    PRTM 8010 – Philosophical Foundations of Recreation and Park Administration - Current theories and philosophies in recreation as they are influenced by and have influence on leisure and the changing environment in America. Students develop their own professional philosophies of leisure.

    PRTM 8030 Seminar in Recreation and Park Administration - Case problems relating to administration of a park, recreation, or tourism agency.

    PRTM 8080 – Behavioral Aspects of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management - Behavioral aspects of recreation, focusing on the social and psychological dimensions of the recreation experience in a variety of environments and activities.

    PRTM 8110 – Research Methods in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management - Principles, methods, and strategies for planning, designing, evaluating and applying studies of recreation.

    EX ST 8010 – Statistical Methods I - Role and application of statistics in research; estimation, test of significance, analysis of variance, multiple comparison techniques, basic designs, mean square expectations, variance components analysis, simple and multiple linear regression, and correlation, and nonparametric procedures.

  • Concentration Classes

    Parks and Conservation Areas Management

      • PRTM 6310 – Methods of Environmental Interpretation - Practice and instruction in the use of equipment and methods available to the interpreter in public contact work. Coaching in presentation and evaluation of live programs and in design, execution, and evaluation of mediated programs is the major emphasis.
      • PRTM 8070 – Recreation Behavior in Natural Environments - Social, psychological and environmental influences on human behavior; identification of theoretical perspectives to explain behavior and to resolve problems in recreation resource management.
      • PRTM 8220 – Strategic Planning in PRTM Organizations - Overview of strategic planning geared towards public sector and non-profit leisure service agencies including strategic planning models and approaches, developing organizational vision and mission, data gathering and analysis, identifying and understanding stakeholders, and implementation, assissments, and revision of strategic plans.
      • PRTM 8500 – Sustainable Tourism: Myth or Reality? - Provides students with exposure to issues related to developing sustainable tourism, both in developing and developed countries. Emphasis is on understanding global and local politics, policies, environments and social and cultural impacts stemming from developing sustainable tourism.

    Travel and Tourism Management

      • PRTM 8560 – Heritage Tourism - Critical readings and discussion about heritage and its role in tourism.  While many different types and forms of heritage tourism will be explored particular attention is given to topics and issues raised by tourism at World Heritage sites.
      • PRTM 8400 – Tourism Planning - Tourism planning procedures and techniques; planning process and associate concerns such as market, facility, infrastructure, environment, culture, and economics.
      • PRTM 8420 - Understanding the Discipline of Tourism - An introduction to the field of tourism research, the cooperative and dynamic nature of decision making in tourism; the contributions made by various disciplines towards understanding the consequences of tourism trade and activity; and identification of critical issues in the study of travel and tourism.
      • PRTM 8440 - Sustainable Tourism - Course provides a host population view to the tourism industry especially in developing countries with focuses on past successes and failures in local development through tourism; environmental, cultural and historical sustainability; global policies for tourism development; theories of diversity, colonization, and historical change in developing countries; and the effects of tourism on globalization.

    Community Recreation Management

      • PRTM 8020 – Group Processes in Leisure Services - Improvement in human relations skills; knowledge of interpersonal needs and problems of individuals and groups. Students gain understanding of how others affect them and how they affect others and become more effective professional recreators, park administrators, supervisors, interpreters and educators.
      • PRTM 8210 – Grants and Alternative Funding for PRTM - Examine alternative funding options for public and nonprofit parks and recreation agencies. Students will gain practical experience in grant identification and writing as well as identifying potential funding sources for agencies.
      • PRTM 8250 – Understanding Populations in PRTM - Development of a conceptual understanding about the leisure patterns and constraints of people of diverse populations and across the lifespan. Populations might include ethnic and racial minorities, people with disabilities, people with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, status, gender, and people with alternative cultures and beliefs.
      • P ADM 8780 - Strategic Planning Project Management
  • Certificates - 12 credit hours

    Parks and International Tourism

      • PRTM 8070 – Recreation Behavior in Natural Environments - Social, psychological and environmental influences on human behavior; identification of theoretical perspectives to explain behavior and to resolve problems in recreation resource management.
      • PRTM 6300 – World Geography of Parks and Equivalent Reserves - Major international patterns in the provision and use of urban and rural parks and recreation are examined.
      • PRTM 8400 – Tourism Planning - Tourism planning procedures and techniques; planning process and associate concerns such as market, facility, infrastructure, environment, culture, and economics.
      • PRTM 8420 - Understanding the Discipline of Tourism - An introduction to the field of tourism research, the cooperative and dynamic nature of decision making in tourism; the contributions made by various disciplines towards understanding the consequences of tourism trade and activity; and identification of critical issues in the study of travel and tourism.

    Festivals and Event Management

    • PRTM 8460 -  Event Management & Special Events - Special Events is a required course for the on-line certificate in Event Management. This class is designed to provide an overview of the meetings, conventions and events industry. Topics included are feasibility, visibility, and sustainability of the event process in addition to event creation and orchestration.
    • PRTM 8470 - Event Marketing - The course examines a wide range of activities involved with the marketing of special events. In these unique contexts of both public and private events, meetings, fairs, festivals, and expositions, students will become familiar with even production and promotion as well as developing a marketing plan.
    • PRTM 8480 - Risk Management for Events and Meetings - This course focuses on the legal, ethical, and financial responsibilities of event managers. Topics included are: risk identification; risk analysis and planning of events/festivals; health, safety, and fire codes; loss prevention and security controls. Practices and procedures used by events and festivals will be utilized in this class.
    • PRTM 8490 - Sustainable Event Management - Sustainable Event Management focuses on impacts that events have on the environment. Practices related to reduction of social and environmental impacts that events have are discussed. Topics will include: green positioning, carbon reductions, water use and conservation,  ethics and waste management.
  • Clemson University Employee Tuition Reimbursement Policy

    Clemson University Employee tuition assistance for online and internet courses is not generally provided, but may be granted at the discretion of the college offering the course. Currently the on-line M.S. in PRTM allows 2 employees with tuition assistance to be enrolled per cohort. Employees who are classified as non-degree seeking may be allowed to exceed the 2 employee cap at the discretion of the program director.

For more information

Please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at GRDprtm@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-3400 or (864)656-5679 for more information. The FAX number is: (864) 656-2226. 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.