Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management


The Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management program is offered as an entirely online 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. A thesis is not required for the online program.

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Applications are taken on a rolling basis, allowing you to start your program in either the spring or fall semester.

The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management:

  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
  • A resume
  • A personal statement indicating your interests, background, intent for pursuing a master's degree and how it will advance your career

A current CTRS credential is required for the Recreational Therapy concentration.


The non-thesis M.S. in PRTM consists of 30 credit hours of online coursework — 7 core classes and 2 concentration classes. In addition, all students will be required to complete a 3 credit hour capstone course.

Up to 10 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.

Course work is offered through a combination of weekly evening synchronous meetings through a web-conferencing system and asynchronous delivery methods using Canvas. Courses will be offered in six-week time intervals. We encourage (but do not require) students to begin the program during the fall semester.

Core Courses

Park and Conservation Area Management, Travel and Tourism, and Community Recreation and Sport Management Recreational Therapy
PRTM 8010 PRTM 8010
PRTM 8080 PRTM 8080
PRTM 8030 PRTM 8710
PRTM 8110 PRTM 8730
PRTM 8210 PRTM 8110
PRTM 8220 PRTM 8210
PRTM 8230 PRTM 8720
PRTM 9000 - Capstone Course PRTM 9000 - Capstone Course

Concentration Areas

  • Park and Conservation Area Management
    • PRTM 8070 – Human Dimension of Outdoor Recreation and Public Land Visitation
    • PRTM 8440 – Outdoor Recreation Resource Management and Planning
  • Travel and Tourism
    • PRTM 8400 – Tourism Planning
    • PRTM 8420 – Understanding the Discipline of Tourism
    Community Recreation and Sport Management
    • PRTM 8250 – Understanding Populations in PRTM
    • PRTM 8240 – Enterprise Development in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
    Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8710 – Applied Research in Recreational Therapy Practice
    • PRTM 8720 – Advanced Facilitation Techniques in Recreation Therapy
    • PRTM 8730 – Advanced Theory and Application in Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8740 – Management of the Clinical Process in Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8750 – Program Planning and Consulting in Recreational Therapy

South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.


For more information about this online program, please visit the  Master of Science of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (non-thesis)  program webpage, or contact the coordinator of graduate studies at or call (864) 656-2708 or (864) 723-5917.

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The Clemson Masters in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management online program is assessed as a Tier Three Online Graduate Program. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program contact

Bob Brookover, Ph.D., Online Graduate and Enterprise Programs Coordinator 

Sabrina McCall, Student Coordinator