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Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management


The Master of 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.


Applications are taken on a rolling basis with preference given to students who meet the following deadlines:

  • May 31 for fall admission
  • October 31 for spring admission

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

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (last two years must exhibit 3.0 GPA)
  • GRE is recommended but not required
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address the applicant's ability to be successful in an online graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience
  • Personal Statement that identifies one's interests and professional experience related to parks, recreation, or tourism
  • For international students whose native language is not English, satisfactory TOEFL scores are necessary


The non-thesis M.S. in PRTM consists of 30 credit hours of online coursework — 4 core classes, 1 class in statistics, and 4 concentration classes. In addition, all students will be required to complete a 3 credit hour culminating project or pass the comprehensive exam.

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.

Coursework is offered through a combination of weekly, synchronous meetings in the evening and through Adobe Connect. Clemson's learning management system is used to deliver asynchronous course content. Courses are offered in six-week time intervals.

Core Courses

  • PRTM 8010 – Philosophical Foundations of Recreation and Park Administration
  • PRTM 8030 – Seminar in Recreation and Park Administration
  • PRTM 8080 – Behavioral Aspects of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • PRTM 8110 – Research Methods in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • PADM 8410 – Public Data Analysis

Concentration Areas

  • Parks and Conservation Areas Management
    • PRTM 6310 – Methods of Environmental Interpretation
    • PRTM 8070 – Recreation Behavior in Natural Environments
    • PRTM 8220 – Strategic Planning in PRTM Organizations
    • PRTM 8500 – Sustainability Tourism: Myth or Reality?
  • Travel and Tourism Management
    • PRTM 8560 – Heritage Tourism
    • PRTM 8400 – Tourism Planning
    • PRTM 8420 – Understanding the Discipline of Tourism
    • PRTM 8500 – Sustainable Tourism: Myth or Reality?
  • Community Recreation Management
    • PRTM 8020 – Group Processes in Leisure Services
    • PRTM 8210 – Grants and Alternative Funding for PRTM
    • PRTM 8250 – Understanding Populations in PRTM
    • PRTM 8220 – Strategic Planning PRTM Organizations
  • Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8700 – Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Recreational Therapy Practice
    • 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) 656-3400 or (864) 656-3237.

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*Price is approximate and may not be reflective of current cost. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program contact

Dr. Jeff Hallo Ph.D., Graduate Studies and Research Coordinator 

Sabrina McCall, Student Coordinator