Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

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The online Ph.D. in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) has been designed specifically to ensure strong research training and optimize opportunities for student-faculty interaction and mentoring. The online approach will enable us to prepare individuals to meet the same expectations as those students on campus, while accommodating the needs of students who are unable to pursue a traditional, residential path to degree completion. We will do this through innovative approaches including individualized mentoring; three, five-day, on-campus residencies (five consecutive days per year for the first three years of the program), synchronous online instruction and an educational plan designed specifically to meet the needs of each student.


The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Ph.D. in the PRTM. Applicants to the Recreational Therapy concentration must also provide documentation of certification as a certified therapeutic recreational specialist.

  1. Recent GRE scores (in last five years).
  2. A personal statement outlining the purpose for pursuing Clemson’s online Ph.D. and your career goals. Please also identify your research interests related to any PRTM concentration. Finally, please describe your strengths and weaknesses as an online learner.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or job performance as a recreational therapist (one of each preferred).
  4. Unofficial transcripts of all previous academic work, both graduate and undergraduate. Official transcripts will be required once admission has been granted. GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate course work.
  5. Applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit acceptable TOEFL scores.
  6. A copy of your most recent resume/curriculum vitae. Please give a clear indication of your related experience, including your job title, name of supervisor(s) and your duties or responsibilities. Recreational therapy applicants should also provide an approximate number of hours worked at each setting (for example 2,000 hours of work experience beyond internship are required in recreational therapy prior to admission to that program). Other information related to professional and academic qualifications should be included at the discretion of the applicant.

Core Courses

  • PRTM 8010 Philosophical Foundations (3 credits)
  • PRTM 8080 Behavioral Aspects of PRTM (3 credits)
  • PRTM 9300-9320 Residency 1, 2, 3 (3 credits)
  • PRTM 9330 Higher Education in PRTM
  • YDP 8080 Grant Writing
  • Research or Statistical Methods (15 credits, including PRTM 8130 Qualitative Research Methods in PRTM, and PRTM 8110 Research Methods in PRTM)
  • Teaching, Collateral, or Industry area [focused study area selected in consultation with student's committee] (12 credits)
  • PRTM 9910 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (18 credits)


For more information about this online program, please visit the PhD. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management program webpage, or contact Jeffrey Hallo, Professor and Graduate Coordinator,, 864-656-3237

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Program contact

Jeffrey Hallo, Professor and Graduate Coordinator