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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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Informational Zoom Session

Our MS in RST-Online program will have an information Zoom session on Wednesday, May 18  at 7:30 p.m. CST. We invite you to this event. We will be covering the following about our MS in RST-Online program:

  • Introduction/focus to the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Why pursue the MS in RST-Online program
  • Coursework offered
  • Leadership possibilities after graduation
  • Admission requirements
  • Q & A

Our upcoming application deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 15, 2022. Our spring 2023 semester deadline is Dec. 11, 2022.

Register online and join us to learn more about the RST program.

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 2022

  • Application deadline: April 15, 2022

Fall 2022

  • Application deadline: August 15, 2022

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 2021-2022 academic year is $712 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
  • Three 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 2022


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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