Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Master of Science in Recreation and Park Administration

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Recreation and Park Administration (RPA) at East Carolina University focuses on providing a science-based post-baccalaureate education. We offer a flexible curriculum for students who are preparing for managerial careers in public recreation, commercial recreation and tourism, recreational sport management, outdoor recreation, or who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in recreation & leisure. These students typically have career goals focusing on public and non-profit recreation, commercial recreation and tourism, youth development, and natural resource management. The faculty involved in this degree conduct a wide range of externally funded research projects that typically engage graduate students in the research process. A concentration in Recreational Sport Management is also available within this degree program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

For additional information regarding RPA program of study and course, click here.

Required Core(18 semester hours)

RCLS 6000 Philosophical and Social Foundations of Leisure Services
RCLS 6100 Risk Management and Legal Liability in Recreation, Leisure, and Recreational Sport
RCLS 6110 Research Methods in Recreational Therapy and Recreation and Leisure Services
RCLS 6120 Seminar in Recreation, Leisure, and Recreational Therapy Administration
RCLS 6210 Management and Program Development in Recreation and Leisure Services
RCLS 6220 Managing Commercial and Tourism Industry Leisure Services

Generalist Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

MGMT 6102
MKTG 6162 MKTG 6642

Recreational Sports Management Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

RCLS 5111
RCLS 6005
Choose 3 semester hours from:
EXSS 6445
PADM 6120
PSYC 6445
RCLS 5100
RCLS 5101

RPA Thesis Option(12 semester hours)

OMGT 6123
MKTG 6642
RCLS 7000 Thesis (6 semester hours)

RPA Non-Thesis Option (15 semester hours)

OMGT 6123
Elective (9 semester hours)
RCLS 6501 Capstone Experience in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration

For more information contact:

Dr. Deb Jordan
1404 Carol Belk Building, MS 540
300 Curry Court
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


RCLS educates tomorrow's leaders in recreation, parks, tourism, and recreational therapy as well as provides scholarship and leadership to the region, state, and nation.


To be the model professional education and training program of the nation through scholarship, innovation, technical assistance, and outreach thereby helping learners to develop the necessary competencies, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking to lead the professions in the coming decades.


RCLS holds the following core values, which serve as the foundation for where we place our priorities in terms of teaching, scholarship, and service.