The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Prospective Graduate Students

Course of Study

The course of study is uniquely developed for each student in consultation with a graduate program committee. Factors determining the course of study will include the student's interests and goals, the undergraduate course of study, the student's employment history, and the degree program.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science (M.S.)

  • 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.
  • The goal of this degree is to produce a skilled professional capable of research with minimal supervision.

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

  • Graduate study at the Ph.D. level must maintain flexibility. The study program for each candidate is directed by that Candidate's Advisory Committee.

For admittance to the Master's programs, the student must hold a bachelor's degree; and for admission into the Ph.D. program, the student must hold a Bachelor's and a Master's degree . 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 Master's 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.

Course Descriptions

To easily navigate to PRTM course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog, type PRTM in the FIND box and it will take you directly to PRTM's course descriptions (Graduate Catalog).

Where Have our Graduates Gone?

Take a look at where our Alumni are today.

For more information, contact

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson University
128 McGinty Court
263 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0735
Tel: 864.656.3400
FAX: 864.656.2226
Email: GRDPRTM@clemson.edu