Recreation & Sports Management

Program Overview

The Recreation and Sports Management Graduate Program at Purdue University focuses on developing a better understanding of management and marketing issues in the context of recreation, sport, and physical activity settings. At this time only the Master of Science Degree Program is offered.

The MS degree program prepares students for:

  • a managerial-level position in a recreation, sports, or leisure-services organization
  • a research-related position in a recreation, sports, or leisure-services organization
  • continued study at the PhD level in a recreation/leisure-studies or sports-management program

The MS degree program requires two years of full-time study. MS students complete coursework in management, marketing, legal issues, research methods and statistics, and related areas; and may pursue either a thesis option or a non-thesis option.

The Thesis Option requires 24 credit hours of coursework, 6 hours of research credit hours, and the completion (and defense) of a thesis project.  

The Non-thesis Option requires 30 hours of coursework, and culminates with a 3-credit hour capstone project. The non-thesis option caters to those students with a professional practice orientation.

A students’ faculty mentor and advisory committee work together to develop specific elective course requirements for the MS degree in both the thesis and non-thesis options. It is important to note that no more than 6 credit hours of coursework may come from 30000-40000 level courses in either the thesis or non-thesis MS degree programs.

Prospective applicants to the MS degree program can consult the Department of Health and Kinesiology Graduate Program Website for entrance requirements, deadlines, and application procedures. The HK Graduate Student Handbook outlines all other requirements for the MS degree program. Interested students can contact either Dr. Klenosky or Dr. Blankenship with questions.

Faculty Mentors

  • Dr. David B. Klenosky 
    • Research Interests: decision making behavior in leisure, sports, and recreation settings; recreation and sports management
  • Dr. Bonnie T. Blankenship 
    • Research Interests: bullying in physical activity programs; positive youth development programs)

Recreation and Sports Management
MS Plan of Study Guidelines (updated: May 2021)

Required Courses (for a total of 12 credit hours)

One of the following "marketing" courses:

  • HTM 53100 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing II (3 credits)
  • HTM 63100 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • MGMT 52100 Brand Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 52300 Digital & Social Media Marketing (3 credits)

One of the following "research methods" courses:

  • EDPS 53300 Introduction to Educational Research I: Methodology (3 credits)
  • EDCI 61500 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 credits)
  • PUBH 59000 Design and Analysis of Randomized Trials (3 credits)
  • PUBH 60600 Design & Analysis of Public Health Interventions (3 credits)

One of the following "legal issues" courses:

  • MGMT 455 Legal Background of Business I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 63000 Legal & Social Foundations of Management (2 credits)

One of the following "statistics" courses:

  • STAT 501 Experimental Statistics I (3 credits)
  • STAT 503 Statistical Methods for Biology (3 credits)

Approved Elective Courses (for a total of 12-18 credit hours)
(Courses Not On This List Must Be Advisor Approved)

  • AGEC 65000 Econometrics I (3 credits)
  • COM 35200 Mass Communication Law (3 credits)
  • COM 57600 Health Communication (3 credits)
  • CSR 63100 Consumer Behavior Theory (3 credits)
  • ECON 32500 Economics of Sports (3 credits)
  • ECON 51100 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 51200 Intermediate Microeconomics II (3 credits)
  • EDPS 53000 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDPS 53300 Introduction to Educational Research I: Methodology (3 credits)
  • EDCI 61500 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 credits)
  • GRAD 61200 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
  • HK 42400 Fitness Program Management (3 credits)
  • HK 59000 Special Topics (Independent Study, etc.) (3 credits)
  • MGMT 52100 Brand Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 52300 Digital & Social Media Marketing (3 credits)
  • HTM 53100 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing II (3 credits)
  • HTM 63100 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • HTM 64200 Advanced Personnel Systems in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • NUTR 30300 Essentials of Nutrition (3 credits)
  • NUTR 33000 Diet Selection and Planning (3 credits)
  • NUTR 36500 Physiology & Nutrition During the Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • OBHR 54100 Leading Management Diversity (2 credits)
  • OBHR 65200 Organizational Development and Consulting (2 credits)
  • OLS 38600 Leadership for Organizational Change & Innovation (3 credits)
  • PUBH 32000 Health Behavior and Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • PUBH 32500 Methods of Health Promotion and Education (3 credits)
  • PUBH 40000 Human Diseases and Disorders (3 credits)
  • PUBH 59000 Health Counseling (3 credits)
  • PUBH 59000 Design and Analysis of Randomized Trials (3 credits)
  • PUBH 60600 Design & Analysis of Public Health Interventions (3 credits)
  • STAT 51200 Applied Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 52400 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)

Project Or Thesis Courses (for a total of 3-6 credit hours)

  • HK 600 Individual Research Project (3 credits)
  • HK 698 Research MS Thesis (total of 6 credits)

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