M.S. in Tourism & Recreation Management

The Master of Science in Tourism and Recreation Management (TRM) is a 30 credit hour degree and offers two concentrations and two specializations. The TRM degree provides coursework focused on Tourism, Tourism Analytics, Destination Development and Crisis Management and Natural Resource Recreation. Students can choose between three options: 1) Thesis 2) Non-Thesis with Practicum, or 3) Non-Thesis with Professional Paper.


Students must fulfill the following requirements to complete the MS in Tourism and Recreation Management.

Non-Thesis Required Core Courses (12 credits)

  • LEI 5188   Trends & Issues in Tourism & Recreation Management (3 credits)
  • HLP 6515  Evaluation Procedures in Health and Human Performance (3 credits)
  • HLP 6535  Research Methods in Health and Human Performance (3 credits)
  • LEI 6944    Practicum in Tourism and Recreation Management OR LEI 6905 Professional Paper (3 credits)

Thesis Required Core Courses (15 credits)

  • LEI 5188    Trends & Issues in Tourism & Recreation Management (3 credits)
  • HLP 6535  Research Methods in Health and Human Performance (3 credits)
  • HLP 6515  Evaluation Procedures in Health and Human Performance (3 credits)
  • LEI 6971    Research for Master’s Thesis (6 credits)

Students may choose one Concentration or Specialization (8, 9, or 12 credits)

Tourism Concentration (8 credits)

  • HMG 6076    Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism (2 credits)
  • HMG 6747    Marketing in Hospitality/Tourism (2 credits)
  • LEI 6931      Strategic Management in Hospitality Business (2 credits)
  • LEI 6931      Revenue Management in Hospitality Business (2 credits)

Natural Resource Recreation Concentration (9 credits)

  • LEI 5121      Outdoor Recreation and Park Management
  • LEI 6513      Administrative Procedures in Leisure Services
  • LEI 6557      Recreation Management in the Coastal Zone or LEI 6325  Ecotourism

Tourism Analytics Specialization (12 credits)

  • LEI 6931      Foundations in Tourism Analysis: Smart Destinations
  • LEI 6931      Data Analysis in Tourism and Destination Management
  • LEI 6931      Spatial Analysis for Social Data
  • LEI 6931      Introduction to Data Mining with Social Networks

Destination Development and Crisis Management Specialization (9 credits)

  • LEI 6336      Tourism Planning and Development
  • LEI 6578      Advanced Marketing for Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • LEI 6931      Destination Crisis Management

NOTE: Alternatively a student may choose not to pursue a concentration/specialization and take directed electives approved by their supervisory committee.


Directed Electives

Non-Thesis curriculum allows 6-10 credits; Thesis curriculum allows 3-7 credits

  • LEI 6108      Contemporary Theories of Recreation and Leisure
  • LEI 6439      Campus Recreation Administration and Programming
  • LEI 6326      Sport Tourism
  • LEI 6351      Heritage Tourism
  • LEI 6557      Recreation Management/Development in the Coastal Zone
  • LEI 6895      Tourism Theory and Concepts
  • LEI 6903      Readings in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
  • LEI 6905      Directed Independent Study
  • LEI 6910      Supervised Research
  • LEI 6931      Special Topics in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
  • LEI 6931      Special Topics in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
  • LEI 6931      Sustaining Humans & their Environments – New Zealand (Natural resources & park mgmt)
  • LEI 6931      Sustaining Humans & their Environments – N. Queensland (Sustainable development & tourism)
  • LEI 6931      Sustaining Humans & their Environments – Fiji (Ecotourism)

NOTE: LEI or HMG courses from each of the concentrations and specializations can be taken as directed electives with advisory committee approval. Up to 6 credits of elective courses can be taken outside of the Department. These courses must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. 

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