MS Sport and Recreation Studies - Individualized Study in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Concentration
Tailor your degree to your specific needs, interests, and career goals to stand out in the crowd.
The Master of Science in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism is an individualized degree that provides students with a program tailored to their specific needs and career interests. The program provides management and marketing skills at the nexus of three of the world’s largest industries – sport, recreation, and tourism.
Work with one of our award-winning faculty mentors to plan your future and design your unique program. Students can choose from the traditional research master’s thesis option or the option of an applied research project linked to a professional setting or internship.
More about the Program
Tailored to the student, this degree can be customized to the students’ needs and interests. Students have utilized the program’s collaborations with the Antonin Scalia Law School to complete a master’s degree in individualized study with a concentration in sport law, for example. Others have chosen a path of data analytics, taking classes through the School of Business and the School of Sport Recreation, Tourism and Management to earn a master’s degree in individualized study with a concentration in sport analytics. The program is designed for those at the beginning of their career looking to land a job, to those seeking to change careers, and to those already in the sports, recreation and tourism industry who aim for growth in their career both in compensation and hierarchy.
Careers in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management
· General Manager
· Athletic Director
· Resort Manager
· Cruise Activity Director
· League Executive
· Foundation/Fundraising Director
· Activities and Events Marketer
· Sporting Goods and Equipment Representative
· Data Analyst
· Community Relations Specialist
· Sports Information/Media Relations
· Event Manager
· Facilities Manager
MS Core Coursework (18 credits)
- SRST 606: Foundations of Sport and Recreation Studies (3 credits)
- RMGT 613: Strategic Leadership in Recreation Administration (3 credits) or SPMT 613: Strategic Leadership in Sport Organizations (3 credits)
- RMGT 501: Introduction to Natural Resources Law (3 credits) or SPMT 614: Legal Issues in Sport (3 credits)
- SRST 623: Research Design and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
- SRST 796: Seminar in Sport and Recreation Studies (1 credit)
Select 5 credits from the following:
- SRST 798: Master's Project/Internship (5 credits)
- SRST 595: Thesis Preparation (2 credits) and SRST 799: Master's Thesis (3 credits)
Concentration in Individualized Study in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism (12 credits)With advisor approval, select four 3-credit courses within the university catalog that form an integrated program of study.
Face to face on Mason’s Fairfax campus, usually completed in two to three years.
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 21
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 6
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
- An earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the admissions policy here for information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may, in evaluating the meeting of this requirement, additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, any/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
- Grade of C or better in the following courses:
- Statistics, 3 credits
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.