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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Oct 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Recreation and Sport Management Major, MS


Two concentrations are offered at the master's level in Recreation and Sport Management: Sport Management and Therapeutic Recreation. One of the primary features of the concentrations is an emphasis on the experiential education approach to academic preparation. Students graduating from this program will gain practical experience to accompany their academic degree. A description of each program along with application procedures for each follows.

Sport Management Concentration

The Sport Management concentration provides the opportunity for students to have a quality academic experience and to gain professional experience as they prepare for careers in the sports industry.

Application Process

A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.00 GPA during the senior year of undergraduate study from an accredited university or college is required. Applicants must first be admitted to the Graduate School as a graduate student, and then be admitted to the Sport and Recreation Management Graduate Program, Sport Management Concentration.

Admission priority is given to applications completed by February 1. Application requirements to the Sport Management Graduate Program are as follows:

  • Submit online application to Graduate Admissions Office
  • Department Application Form
  • Transcripts
  • Three (3) Rating Forms
  • Resume
  • Submission of GRE scores

Sport Management Concentration (Non-Thesis Option)

  Credit Hours
RSM 508 , RSM 511 , RSM 535   9
1 Recreation and Sport Management Electives 12
2 Sport Studies Elective or RSM 556   3
3 Electives 9
RSM 501 - Project      3
Total credit hours 36

Sport Management Concentration (Thesis Option)

  Credit Hours
RSM 508 , RSM 511 , RSM 535   9
1 Recreation and Sport Management Electives 12
2 Sport Studies Elective or RSM 556   3
3 Electives 6
RSM 500 - Thesis      6
Total credit hours 36

1RSM 510 , RSM 512 , RSM 515 , RSM 530 , RSM 540 , RSM 544 , RSM 550 , RSM 554 , RSM 555 , RSM 560 , RSM 570 , RSM 580 .

2 SPST 504 , SPST 507 , SPST 515 , SPST 542 , SPST 543 .
3 These courses can be taken within the department. A total of three (3) credit hours may be earned in RSM 590  and six (6) credit hours in RSM 595  combined. Students cannot earn credit hours toward graduation in both.
 

Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

The therapeutic recreation concentration prepares students for employment in management and leadership positions with agencies that deliver health care services. Students are successful in gaining employment in physical rehabilitation hospitals, children's programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment centers, programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities, long-term care and assisted living facilities, and in community, outdoor and school-based therapeutic recreation programs. Graduates of the program fulfill the requirements for national certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and have been successful in completing the national exam.

Application Process

Applications are reviewed prior to beginning of the fall semester. Application deadline for fall admission is August 1. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or a 3.00 GPA during the senior year from an accredited university or college is required. Applicants must first be admitted to the Graduate School as a graduate student, and then be admitted to the Recreation and Sport Management Graduate Program, Therapeutic Recreation concentration.

Application requirements to Therapeutic Recreation Graduate Program are as follows:

  • Submit online application to Graduate Admissions Office
  • Department Application Form
  • Transcripts
  • Three (3) Rating Forms
  • Resume

Professional Certification

Students enrolled in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration are urged to prepare for and take the professional certification examination offered by The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation. Many public, quasi-public and nonprofit employers are mandating professional certification as a condition of employment. Courses in the degree program prepare the student to do so. The primary purpose of certification is to ensure that personnel employed in therapeutic recreation meet high standards of performance.

Therapeutic Recreation Concentration (Non-Thesis Option)

  Credit Hours
RSM 511 , RSM 515 , RSM 521 , RSM 522 , RSM 525 , RSM 594   18
1RSM 596   6
RSM 508   3
Statistics 3
Electives    6
Total credit hours 36

1Must meet national certification requirements.

Therapeutic Recreation Concentration (Thesis Option)

  Credit Hours
RSM 511 , RSM 515 , RSM 521 , RSM 522 , RSM 525 , RSM 594   18
1RSM 596   6
RSM 508   3
Thesis 6
Statistics    3
Total credit hours 36

1Must meet national certification requirements.