Learning Outcomes - 2021-2022

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Management, Master of Science

Learning Outcomes:

Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Parks and Recreation Management is a challenging program that prepares parks and recreation managers for leadership roles in public and commercial organizations.  Through a student-centered approach, the program emphasizes the development of a manager’s ability to forecast and address the evolution of recreation and to lead a recreation organization utilizing optimal practices in leadership, management, and in the delivery of recreational services.  Specific attention is directed at leadership issues, agency management, the utilization of geographic information systems, legal issues, diversity perspectives, and in emerging trends in park, leisure, tourism and recreation.  The program provides for a supportive cohort of parks and recreation management peers, enhanced by instruction by faculty with extensive experience in all aspects of parks and recreation management.  Graduates of the program will gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic environment of parks and recreation management to be prepared for their vital role in ensuring the access, development, expansion and assessment of future park, recreation, and leisure service opportunities and experiences for individuals, families, and communities.  The program is designed for those seeking supervisory roles in parks and recreation management.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Parks and Recreation Management will demonstrate competencies in:

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