Recreation & Sports Management

Program Overview

The graduate program in recreation and sports management at Purdue focuses on developing a better understanding of management and marketing issues in the context of recreation, sport, and physical activity settings. MS and PhD degrees are offered.
The MS program is designed to prepare 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 Ph.D. level in a recreation/leisure-studies or sports-management program

The MS degree requires two years of full-time study. MS students complete 24 credit hours of 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 caters to those students with a professional practice orientation. This option requires 30 hours of course work and culminates with a capstone project. Course requirements of the MS degree are developed in consultation with the student’s advisor and advisory committee.

The Ph.D. degree is designed to take four years of full-time study to complete. The primary emphasis of the Ph.D. program is developing a program of research. Successful applicants have research interests that align closely with the expertise of their faculty mentor. Coursework requirements are determined in collaboration with the student, the faculty mentor, and committee members, and are designed to complement dissertation research and the student’s development as an independent scholar. Coursework has an emphasis on advanced sport management, quantitative and qualitative methods/analysis, and supporting areas such as management, marketing, social psychology, communication, and sociology. The Ph.D. program is designed to educate and prepare students to pursue employment in academic settings.

Prospective applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs can consult the department graduate program website for entrance requirements, deadlines, and application procedures, and can contact Dr. Klenosky with questions and to arrange a campus visit.

Faculty Mentors

  • Dr. David Klenosky (research interests -- decision making behavior in leisure, sports, and recreation settings; recreation and sports management)
  • Dr. Bonnie Tjeerdsma Blankenship (research interests -- bullying in physical activity programs; positive youth development programs)

Recreation and Sports Management Option - MS Plan of Study Guidelines (updated: July 2018)

Required Courses (for a total of 15 credits)

One of the following "management" courses:

  • HK 524 Managing Health, Fitness, and Sports Organizations (3 credits)
  • MGMT 590 Intercollegiate Athletics as a Business (3 credits)

One of the following "marketing" courses:

  • HK 525 Marketing and Promotion in Health, Fitness, and Sports Organizations (3 credits)
  • HTM 531 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing II (3 credits)
  • HTM 631 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)

One of the following "research methods" courses:

  • HK 465 Research Methods in Health & Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • EDPS 533 Introduction to Educational Research I: Methodology (3 credits)

The following "legal issues" course:

  • MGMT 455 Legal Background of Business I (3 credits)

One of the following "statistics" courses:

  • STAT 501 Experimental Statistics I (3 credits)
  • STAT 503 Statistical Methods for Biology (3 credits)
  • HK 510 Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Public Health (3 credits)

Approved elective courses (others must be advisor approved; totaling 9-15 credits):

  • HK 424 Fitness Management (3 credits)
  • HK 472 Sport and Exercise Psychology II (3 credits)
  • HK 574 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
  • HK 576 Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior (3 credits)
  • HK 590 Physical Activity & Public Health (3 credits)
  • HK 590 Pub Health Program & Policy Evaluation (3 credits)
  • HK 590 Special Topics (Independent Study, etc.) (3 credits)
  • AGEC 650 Econometrics I (3 credits)
  • ECON 325 Economics of Sports (3 credits)
  • MGMT 630 Business Law (Legal and Social Foundations of Management I) (2 credits)
  • COM 352 Mass Communication Law (3 credits)
  • COM 495 Sports Media Relations (3 credits)
  • COM 576 Health Communication (3 credits)
  • CSR 631 Consumer Behavior Theory (3 credits)
  • EDCI 506 Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • EDCI 615 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 credits)
  • EDPS 530 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDPS 531 Introduction To Measurement And Evaluation (3 credits)
  • EDST 514 Economics of Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 516 Community-School Relations (3 credits)
  • EDST 608 Business Management in Education (3 credits)
  • MGMT 514 Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • MGMT 515 Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • MGMT 521 Brand Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 523 Digital & Social Media Mktg (3 credits)
  • MGMT 630 Legal & Social Foundations of Mgmt (2 credits)
  • MGMT 670 Business Analytics (3 credits)
  • OBHR 633 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • OBHR 642 Compensation & Reward Systems (3 credits)
  • OBHR 652 Org Devel and Consulting (2 credits)
  • OBHR 662 Leadership (2 credits)
  • OBHR 681 Managing Behavior in Organizations (2 credits)
  • HTM 531 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing II (3 credits)
  • HTM 631 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • HTM 642 Advanced Personnel Systems in Hospitality and Tourism (3 credits)
  • OLS 579 World-Class Leadership Strategy (3 credits)
  • OLS 580 Interpersonal Skills for Leaders (3 credits)
  • OLS 582 Leadership and Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • STAT 512 Applied Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 524 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)

Project or Thesis credit hours (totaling 3-6 credit hours):

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

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