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Recreation, Sport & Tourism

Promote environmental stewardship. Lead social and economic development. Study management and marketing.

Online Master of Science in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism

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About Our Degree Program

The online Master of Science degree from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism provides you a quality and highly accessible education, ensuring that you are prepared to meet the changing requirements of the recreation, sport and tourism industry.

  • High ranking program and university

  • Graduate in 18 months

  • Ideal for working professionals

  • Cost effective compared to other online programs

  • 100% online delivery; no campus visit required

  • 36 credit, non-thesis degree

  • No GRE scores required

  • No background in RST required

  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students

  • Federal financial aid available


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Important Dates

Summer 2023

  • Application deadline: May 31, 2023

Fall 2023

  • Application deadline: August 12, 2023

Spring 2023

  • Application deadline: December 12, 2022

To apply for a graduate degree program in Recreation, Sport and Tourism, please visit this page.

Required and Elective Courses

Required Courses

Code Course
RST 501-Concepts & Applications in RST

Hours: 4

RST 512-Managing RST Organizations

Hours: 4

RST 515-Marketing in RST

Hours: 4

RST 516-Finance & Budgeting

Hours: 4

RST 519-Strategic Management

Hours: 4

RST 504-Applied Evaluation & Needs Assessment in RST

Hours: 4

Total Hours: 24

Required Emphasis Area Coursework

Select one of the following courses

Code Course
RST 502-Critical Issues in Recreation Hours

Hours: 4

RST 520-Critical Issues in Sport

Hours: 4

RST 530-Critical issues in Tourism

Hours: 4

Total Hours: 4

Graduate Electives

Select two of the following courses

Code Course
RST 580 Legal Aspects in RST

Hours: 4

RST 518-Event Management

Hours: 4

RST 588 Park Planning and Design

Hours: 4

RST 585 Inclusive by Design

Hours: 4

Total Hours: 8

Tuition and Fees

The RST online MS degree features a flat-rate tuition—no additional cost for out-of-state or international students. Cost of the program for the 2022-2023 academic year is $726 per credit hour including fees. Veteran benefits apply.

Financial aid is available.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (4.0 grading scale) in the last 60 credit hours/two years from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • NO GRE is required
  • Application fee
  • For international applicants – Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL iBT – greater than 102; IELTS – greater than 7.0)

Application Checklist for Spring, Summer and Fall 2023


For more information, contact Timothy Tiger, Student Services Adviser, or call 217-333-3629

Online Graduate Handbook

You can download the Online Graduate Handbook by following this link.

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