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.


Why Study Tourism and Recreation Management at the University of Florida?

University of Florida’s Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management has world-class programs and an internationally renowned, diverse faculty. It is home to more than 750 students from over 25 countries. The University of Florida campus is located “where the nature and culture meet” – in the city of Gainesville, which has been repeatedly named one of the top places to live in the U.S. The state of Florida has a dynamic hospitality and tourism industry which receives more than 100 million of visitors annually. It is a great place to live, study and make lifelong friends, professional connections and research collaborations.


Program Coursework

Non-Thesis Professional Development Track

Thesis Research Track

Required Core (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)
  • Choose one course for 3 credits:
    • LEI 6944: Practicum in Tourism and Recreation Management
    • LEI 6905: Professional Paper

Required Core (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 can choose a focus area from the list below or customize a degree plan with directed electives approved by an advisor:

  • Tourism Concentration (8 credits)
  • Natural Resource Recreation Concentration (9 credits)
  • Tourism Analytics Specialization (12 credits)
  • Destination Development and Crisis Management Specialization (9 credits)

Suggested Electives

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 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

LEI 6931: Sustaining Humans & their Environments – Australia

LEI 6931: Sustaining Humans & their Environments – Fiji

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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Tourism and Hospitality Analytics

We designed the Tourism and Hospitality Analytics specialization to prepare students to meet the challenges of the ongoing data revolution and be able to utilize Big Data to answer business, social, and policy-related questions. Hospitality and tourism industry experts are required to understand the myriad of ways technology, marketing, and analytics impact business enterprises.

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