The Master of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management program is offered as an entirely online 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. A thesis is not required for the online program.


Applications are taken on a rolling basis with preference given to students who meet the following deadlines:

  • May 31 for fall admission
  • October 31 for spring admission

The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (last two years must exhibit 3.0 GPA)
  • GRE is recommended but not required
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address the applicant's ability to be successful in an online graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience
  • Personal Statement that identifies one's interests and professional experience related to parks, recreation, or tourism
  • For international students whose native language is not English, satisfactory TOEFL scores are necessary


The non-thesis M.S. in PRTM consists of 30 credit hours of online coursework — 4 core classes, 1 class in statistics, and 4 concentration classes. In addition, all students will be required to complete a 3 credit hour culminating project.

Up to 12 credits of graduate courses below the 8000-level may count toward the degree requirements as determined by the Graduate Committee. No more than 12 hours earned as a non-degree seeking student may count toward the M.S. (non-thesis) degree.

Coursework is offered through a combination of weekly, synchronous meetings in the evening and through Adobe Connect. Clemson's learning management system is used to deliver asynchronous course content. Courses are offered in six-week time intervals.

Core Courses

  • PRTM 8010 – Philosophical Foundations of Recreation and Park Administration
  • PRTM 8030 – Seminar in Recreation and Park Administration
  • PRTM 8080 – Behavioral Aspects of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • PRTM 8110 – Research Methods in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • STAT 8420 – Introduction to Statistical Methods

Concentration Areas

  • Parks and Conservation Areas Management
    • PRTM 6310 – Methods of Environmental Interpretation
    • PRTM 8070 – Recreation Behavior in Natural Environments
    • PRTM 8220 – Strategic Planning in PRTM Organizations
    • PRTM 8500 – Sustainability Tourism: Myth or Reality?
  • Travel and Tourism Management
    • PRTM 8560 – Heritage Tourism
    • PRTM 8400 – Tourism Planning
    • PRTM 8420 – Understanding the Discipline of Tourism
    • PRTM 8500 – Sustainable Tourism: Myth or Reality?
  • Community Recreation Management
    • PRTM 8020 – Group Processes in Leisure Services
    • PRTM 8210 – Grants and Alternative Funding for PRTM
    • PRTM 8250 – Understanding Populations in PRTM
    • PRTM 8220 – Strategic Planning PRTM Organizations
  • Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8700 – Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Recreational Therapy Practice
    • PRTM 8710 – Applied Research in Recreational Therapy Practice
    • PRTM 8720 – Advanced Facilitation Techniques in Recreation Therapy
    • PRTM 8730 – Advanced Theory and Application in Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8740 – Management of the Clinical Process in Recreational Therapy
    • PRTM 8750 – Program Planning and Consulting in Recreational Therapy


For more information about this online program, please visit the Master of Science of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (non-thesis) program webpage, or contact William C. Norman, Ph.D, Graduate Studies and Research Coordinator,

per credit hour

Program Coordinator

William C. Norman, Ph.D, Graduate Studies and Research Coordinator, 864-656-4560