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PRTM Graduate Programs

M.S. PRTM Online Non-Thesis

The M.S. (online, non-thesis) is offered as an entirely online graduate degree program with an emphasis on the student who is already a practitioner in the field. The degree is focused on giving the student a solid foundation of the theoretical underpinnings of the field while also developing the student’s practical administrative and management skills. Enrollment requires that the student hold a bachelor’s degree for admission into the master’s (online, non-thesis) program. The prospective student must file an application form and submit undergraduate transcripts, two letters of reference and a résumé. Course work is offered through a combination of weekly evening synchronous meetings through Adobe Connect and asynchronous delivery methods using Blackboard. Courses will be offered in six-week time intervals. We encourage (but do not require) students to begin the program during the fall semester. › Read More

M.S. PRTM Thesis

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 two letters of reference. › Read More

Ph.D. PRTM

The Ph.D. program is based on the student's grasp of recreation subject matter, competency to plan and conduct research, and ability to effectively and professionally use written and oral communication. Enrollment requires that the student hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree for admission into the Ph.D. program. The prospective student must file an application form and submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and two 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. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the RT concentration must have at least one degree (or concentration area) in RT, which means they should already be CTRS certified or eligible to sit for the exam.

A number of applicants who have been admitted to either the master's or doctoral programs in the department will be selected for work with a faculty member who has compatible interests. Diverse faculty interests provide opportunities in areas such 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.

For more information, contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at Grdprtm@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-3400, fax (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 click this link for information. › Read More

Ph.D. PRTM Online - Recreational Therapy Cognate

The Ph.D. in PRTM online program is offered for those in the field of recreational therapy. The Ph.D. program is based on the student's grasp of recreational therapy, 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 master’s degree for admission into the Ph.D. program, have at least 2,000 hours work experience beyond the internship and current certification as a CTRS. The prospective student must file an application form and submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and two letters of reference – with one recommendation each from someone familiar with the applicant’s academic and job performance. Prospective students should also include a personal statement outlining the purpose for pursuing Clemson’s online Ph.D. and anticipated career goals. Also identify areas of research interests related to any RT modality, setting or population, and describe your strengths and weaknesses as an online learner. Finally, prospective students should include a copy of the most recent resume/curriculum vitae. Provide a clear description of all recreational therapy experience, including job title, supervisor(s) names, duties, responsibilities and an approximate number of hours worked at each setting. › Read More

M.S. Public Administration Online

The Clemson MPA program moved to a live, online format in 2010. This platform has given students greater professional and personal flexibility while still allowing for a face-to-face learning experience and participation in group and discussion activities. The majority of students in the program are working as public administrators or nonprofit professionals. The diverse professional expertise of students and faculty in state, federal or local government; nonprofit organizations; or non-governmental organizations is a critical component to the educational experience. MPA classes are conducted in an Adobe Connect, live-online format with classes being offered in real time but also recorded. You attend class just like you would in a traditional classroom, once a week from 6:30 to 9:10 p.m., with other students in the class. You're together virtually instead of physically. Each instructor is committed to conducting small discussion groups, team sessions, presentations, online office hours and other innovative uses of this technology. › Read More

M.S. Youth Development Leadership (online, non-thesis)

The Master of Science in youth development leadership degree program is designed to equip students with the competencies, knowledge and skills to create youth environments within communities that assist young people to develop into healthy, competent, coping and contributing citizens. This program prepares students to examine current opportunities and challenges facing youth in the context of family and community with an emphasis on positive outcomes. Students explore processes and strategies that foster strong youth-serving organizations. A dynamic learning environment for study includes weekly synchronous, interactive classes. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who are also working professionals. A complete application packet should include: proof of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade-point ratio of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (www.gre.org), a letter of intent and two letters of reference. Admission of tuition remission employees of Clemson University is limited to two students per academic year. › Read More