Master's Degree Guidlines for TRSM

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Below are important guidelines and information necessary for completing your Master's Degree in the Department of Tourism, Recration & Sport Management. If you have any questions, please contact your Graduate Coordinator.

Degree Title and Options

The Master of Science Degree awarded in the Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management, referred to in general terms as the M.S. degree, includes two primary degree options:

  • Tourism and Recreation Management (30 credit thesis/non-thesis options)
    • Areas of concentration:
      • Tourism
      • Natural Resource Recreation 
    • Areas of Specialization
      • Tourism Analytics
      • Destination Development and Crisis Managemen
  • Sport Management (30 credit thesis/36 credit non-thesis options)
    • No Concentrations

Elective Coursework

The student and advisor select elective coursework based on the student’s career or research interests. Projects relating to interest areas can be completed as non-lecture coursework (see above section). Coursework taken outside of the TRSM department must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Undergraduate courses (1000-2000) may not be used as any part of graduate degree requirements. All 1000- and 2000- level courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis to enhance one’s background knowledge, if enrolled as a graduate student, but do not count towards the credits needed for an MS degree.

Six credits of upper level undergraduate courses (3000-4000) outside the TRSM department may count when taken as part of an approved graduate program. Consult your Academic Advisor/Committee Chair before registering to determine if the proposed course is acceptable to your degree plan. Enrollment without approval may result in the course being evaluated as inadequate to count towards the MS degree.

Transfer of Credit

Only graduate-level (5000-7999) work with a grade of B or better is eligible for transfer of credit. A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed. These can include no more than 9 credits from institutions approved by UF, with the balance obtained from post-baccalaureate work at the University of Florida. Credits transferred from other universities are applied toward the degree requirements, but grades earned are not computed in the student’s grade point average. Acceptance of transfer of credit requires approval of the student’s supervisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Petitions for transfer of credit for a master’s degree must be made during the student’s first term of enrollment in the Graduate School.

The supervisory committee is responsible for using established criteria to ensure the academic integrity of coursework before accepting graduate transfer credits.

Advisors and Supervisory Committee

The Graduate Coordinator will assign the student to a graduate faculty advisor prior to his/her first semester of enrollment. The student has until the end of the first semester of enrollment to select a different supervisory committee chair if desired. There must be a minimum of three supervisory committee members for thesis students and a minimum of two committee members for non-thesis master students (this includes the supervisory committee chair).  Note that each member must hold graduate faculty status. It is strongly recommended that the supervisory committee members be selected by the end of the first semester of enrollment. However, in no case shall they be selected later than the end of the second semester of enrollment.

If the student selects the thesis option, one supervisory committee member must be from outside the student’s major department. If the student selects a minor, one supervisory committee member must be from the minor department.  If the student desires to change his/her supervisory committee chair or members, he/she must petition to the department graduate committee, who makes a recommendation to the Department Chair for final approval.

Minimum Committee Member Requirements

  • Non-Thesis: Chair + 1 Member
  • Thesis: Chair + 1 Member + 1 External Member

Time Limitation

All work (including transferred credit) counted toward the master’s degree must be completed within 7 years before the degree is awarded.

Leave of absence

Any student who will not register at UF for a period of more than one semester needs prior written approval from the supervisory committee chair for a leave of absence for a designated period of time. This approval remains in the student’s departmental file. The Graduate School does not require notification. The student must reapply for admission upon return. Click here for the Readmission Application.

Non-lecture coursework

To register for independent study or supervised research courses, students must complete and submit the TRSM Special Course Registration Form to their advisor for approval, and then to the Graduate Program Assistant for processing.


  • Every 48 clock hours = 1 credit hour of coursework
  • Registration credits vary from 1-3 credits with a maximum of 6 credits
  • The student’s supervisory committee chair/advisor will assist with the practicum placement and serve as the university practicum supervisor


  • Every 48 clock hours of internship = 1 credit hour of coursework
  • Registration credits vary from 3-9 credits with a maximum of 9 credits
  • The student’s supervisory committee chair/advisor will assist with the internship placement and serve as the university internship supervisor

Concurrent Degree Programs

The Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management is able to develop a concurrent plan with several other programs on campus. The purpose of a “concurrent” program is to allow students to pursue more than one graduate degree at the same time, with the opportunity to share credits. We strongly prefer our concurrent degree students to take at least 1-2 TRSM classes each semester or alternate semesters.

Any student interested in pursuing two master’s degrees in two different programs or two master’s degrees in the same program concurrently should discuss the proposed study with Graduate Student Records before applying. Written approval is needed from each academic unit and the Graduate School Dean. The student must be officially admitted to both programs through regular procedures. No more than 9 credits from the first program may be applied toward the second.

Joint Degree - Juris Doctor/M.S. Sport Management

The Joint Degrees Program is a credit-sharing arrangement that allows qualified students to combine their legal studies with graduate work, resulting in two degrees earned in a reduced amount of time. Candidates must take both the LSAT and the GRE, and apply for and gain admission to both the Levin College of Law and the Graduate School. Enrollment in one program may precede enrollment in the other according to timelines set by the programs.

The faculties of the College of Law and the College of Health and Human Performance have prepared a joint degree program culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree, awarded by the College of Law, and a Master of Science in Sport Management, awarded by the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Under this joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than doing both programs sequentially, if both degree programs are pursued simultaneously. Students need to propose and obtain approval (from both programs of study) to share 12 of the same credits, to count towards both individual program degree plans of study.

Click here for joint degree program details: Joint Degree Program

Certificate Programs

A Graduate Certificate program is a formal collection of courses that together form a coherent program of study offered through an academic unit. A Graduate Certificate is an academic credential granted by the University of Florida. As such, all Graduate Certificates must follow the requirements of admission, successful completion of approved graduate level coursework, application to receive the credential, and enrollment during the term in which the certificate is awarded and posted to the transcript. Additional information can be obtained from the academic unit offering the certificate or the Graduate Catalog.

Common graduate certificates for TRSM majors:

How to apply for a Graduate Certificate:

Step 1
Review the certificate requirements and contact the department with any questions.

Step 2

Obtain approval from your TRSM graduate supervisory committee.

Step 3

Apply for a certificate program through UF admissions, if you haven't done so already.

Step 4

Complete the certificate requirements.

Step 5
During the term you are to graduate, submit an application to graduate from the desired certificate program.

Certificate Application Questions

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