About this Program

*ATTENTION: We are no longer accepting applications for the M.S. in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies Program

The Master of Science in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies focuses on the professionalization of the park, recreation and tourism practitioner. A need exists for highly trained professionals who can be well-rounded, competent executives to tackle the ever-widening scope of responsibility in the park, recreation and tourism field.

Program Highlights

  • Designed to prepare students and practitioners for advanced study in the concepts, theories, research, management, and administration of the park, recreation and tourism industry

  • Provides a rigorous academic program that will prepare graduates for careers in the management, supervision, and administration of parks, recreation, and tourism resources

  • Gives students advance administrative and empirical knowledge related to organizational decision-making and recreation/tourism agency management

  • Promotes quality of life through planning, managing and administering recreation and tourism activities that are evidence-based

  • Courses offered on-line and face to face

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science program in Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

*ATTENTION: We are no longer accepting applications for the M.S. in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies Program

Admission as a graduate student at ODU does not imply acceptance into the Master of Science in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies. A program admissions committee-with the Graduate Program Coordinator and at least two other faculty members from PRTS-will meet to consider applications and make determinations regarding acceptance to the program. Students with previously completed graduate coursework at a regionally-accredited institution may submit a request for a maximum of 12 credit hours to be transferred. Such transfer hours would go through the admission committee for approval, and if approved, added to the transcript. Transfer courses may be accepted for research course requirements or electives, but may not be used to meet core course requirements. The criteria for acceptance include:

  • A completed online application via www.odu.edu/admission/graduate

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution

  • An overall 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative GPA in the undergraduate degree*

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate major courses

  • A combined GRE score of 291 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections) or a score of 400 or higher on either the GMAT or MAT*

  • Three letters of recommendation (from former faculty and/or employers)

  • An essay describing the applicant's goals including:

    • Your professional work experience in the field of park, recreation and tourism.
    • Educational career goals (i.e., what will your MS degree enable you to do)
    • Area of research interest and why it's important (e.g., gaps in the literature, issues in the field)
    • Specific faculty you wish to study under and why
    • Why you should be admitted to the PRTS MS program
  • Copy of current resume

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 on the paper-based test (or 79-80 on the iBT) for non-native English speakers


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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