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One Program

Both tracks in our Sports and Recreation Leadership master’s program provide you with specific industry skill sets and knowledge in the management of budgets, human resources, projects and risks. You’ll also learn best practices for staff training and development, gender equity, networking, research and how to navigate legal and ethical issues.

Through academic coursework, practical experience, an individualized capstone project and a network of industry contacts, the program is designed to help you achieve your unique professional and educational goals.

Two concentrations

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 Sports and Recreation

Whether your dream career in sports and recreation involves being a part of a large professional organization or maximizing your impact in smaller local youth sports groups, an SRM degree can help you get there.

Your master’s degree concentration in sport and recreation will prepare you to take on leadership roles in organizations large and small, public, private and non-profit. From high school and college coaching and athletic administration to professional and amateur sport associations, parks and recreation agencies and youth sports programs, you’ll be prepared to work at all levels of sport leadership and athletic administration.

This is a 33 credit hour program: 15 core, 18 concentration-specific credit hours and a thesis or non-thesis option for completion. 

Pathway - non-thesis option

First Semester

  • SRL 515 - Leadership
  • SRL 520 - Philosophy and Ethics
  • SRL 525 - Research Techniques

Second Semester

  • SRL 600 - Administration
  • SRL 610 - Marketing and Promotions
  • SRL 615 - Fiscal Management

Third Semester

  • SRL 620 - Facilities and Event Management
  • SRL 635 - Human Resource Management and Development

AND One of the Following:

  • SRL 685 - Internship in Sport and Recreation Leadership
  • SRL 605 - Workshop in Sport and Recreation Leadership
  • Or Other Approved Elective

Fourth Semester

  • SRL 670 - Advanced Event Planning and Management
  • SRL 675 - Legal Aspects

Note: Comprehensive Exams take place in the final semester of coursework

Pathway - thesis option

First Semester

  • SRL 515 - Leadership
  • SRL 520 - Philosophy and Ethics
  • SRL 525 - Research Techniques

Second Semester

  • SRL 600 - Administration
  • SRL 610 - Marketing and Promotions
  • SRL 615 - Fiscal Management

Note: Thesis Proposal is prepared in second semester

Third Semester

  • SRL 620 - Facilities and Event Management
  • SRL 635 - Human Resource Management and Development
  • SRL 700 - Thesis

Fourth Semester

  • SRL 675 - Legal Aspects
  • SRL 700 - Thesis

Note: Comprehensive Exams take place in the final semester of coursework

 Campus Recreation

From NCAA Division I athletics to intramural sporting events, our campus recreation concentration will prepare you to address the dynamic challenges of sports and recreation by students in a variety of educational settings. With your SRM you’ll be prepared to work at all levels of campus recreation, including event management, operations, programming and facility management, as well as with national governing bodies such as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

This is a 33 credit hour program: 15 core, 18 concentration-specific credit hours and a thesis or non-thesis option for completion. A three-credit internship is required for this concentration in the non-thesis option.

Pathway - Even Start Year
First Semester
  • SRL 515 - Leadership
  • SRL 525 - Research Techniques
  • SRL 646 - The American College Student-College Student Development Theory
Second Semester
  • SRL 615 - Fiscal Management
  • SRL 660 - Programming
  • SRL 685 - Internship in Campus Recreation Leadership (Internship is completed Second Semester or in Summer Session)
Third Semester
  • SRL 635 - Human Resource Management and Development
  • SRL 630 - Facilities and Operations
  • Approved Elective
Fourth Semester
  • SRL 675 - Legal Aspects
  • SRL 640 - Group and Team Research, Theory and Facilitation

Note: Comprehensive Exams take place in the final semester of coursework

Pathway - Odd Start Year
First Semester
  • SRL 515 - Leadership
  • SRL 525 - Research Techniques
  • SRL 630 - Facilities and Operations
Second Semester
  • SRL 615 - Fiscal Management
  • SRL 640 - Group and Team Research, Theory and Facilitation
  • SRL 685 - Internship in Campus Recreation Leadership*

*Internship is completed Second Semester or in Summer Session between Second and Third Semester

Third Semester
  • SRL 635 - Human Resource Management and Development
  • SRL 646 - The American College Student-College Student Development Theory
  • Approved Elective
Fourth Semester
  • SRL 675 - Legal Aspects
  • SRL 660 - Programming

Note: Comprehensive Exams take place in the final semester of coursework


Program Coordinator: Ben Carr

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