Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt - MS (nonthesis-online)


Degrees Offered


The M.S. (on-line, non-thesis) is offered as an entirely on-line graduate degree program with an emphasis on the student who is already a practitioner in the field or looking to make a career change. 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 (on-line, non-thesis) program. The prospective student must file an application form, submit undergraduate transcripts, two letters of reference, and a resume.

This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the Conditional Language Admission page.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

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 four concentration areas that will be offered for the M.S. non-thesis degree will be Recreational Therapy (RT); Travel and Tourism (T&T); Parks and Conservation Area Management (PCAM); and Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management (CRSCM). Up to 12 credits of graduate courses below the 8000-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.


Application Information

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.

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.

Required Documents


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. This policy also applies to tuition waivers provided by the state to residents age 60+.


Program Contact(s)

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