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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Graduate Program

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Three graduate degrees are offered: the Masters (on-line, non-thesis), Master of Science (thesis), and the Ph.D. degrees. 

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.

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 2 letters of reference.

The Ph.D. program is based on the student's grasp of recreation subject matter, 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 Masters degree for admission into the Ph.D. 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 2 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.

A number of applicants who have been admitted to either the Masters or Doctoral program in the Department will be selected for work with a faculty member who has compatible interests. Diverse faculty interests provide opportunities in such areas 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 see http://www.grad.clemson.edu/Admission.php  for information.

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