High School Graduates
If you are a high school graduate and are admitted to the University, you can earn a baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Science) in our Department. You can major in either recreation, park and tourism sciences, community development, or renewable natural resources. If you choose recreation, park and tourism sciences as your major, you can also focus your studies in any one of four emphasis areas: community recreation and park administration, tourism management, parks and conservation, or youth development. Learn more…
For students that desire a major outside of our department (e.g. business, landscape architect, sports management…), you will be pleased to know we offer a RPTS minor to compliment your major. Moreover, to address the significant and growing demand for professionals empowered to plan and implement quality festivals, fairs, and events throughout Texas, we now offer an undergraduate Professional Event Manager Certificate as well.
Graduate Students: Masters, Doctoral Degrees, and Certificates
If you have a baccalaureate degree, you are eligible to apply for one of the Department’s masters degree programs. We offer both academic (Master of Science) and professional masters degrees. Professional degree options include the Master of Natural Resources Development, Master of Recreation Resources Development, and Master of Agriculture. A certificate program in community development is also available.
Students with masters degrees are eligible to apply for admission to our doctoral program. We offer a PhD in recreation, park and tourism sciences. As a student in our PhD program, you can work closely with a faculty mentor and develop your skills as a scholar and scientist. Areas of research that you can pursue include natural resource management, conservation, tourism, recreation and park administration, youth development, and community development.
We are proud of the accomplishments of our 3,000 alumni. Graduates of our program have provided significant intellectual and professional leadership in our profession and our discipline. Among our graduates are individuals who have served in top management positions in State Parks Systems, the National Park Service, and park rangers in many state and federal agencies. In communities of all sizes, former students serve as directors and managers for municipal parks and recreation departments, work with park planning and design companies, manage special events, and coordinate historic preservation efforts. Graduates with a tourism focus have excelled in positions as convention and visitors bureau directors, hotel and resort managers, amusement park managers, and entrepreneurs in adventure recreation. Graduates of our program also serve youth through positions with the Boys and Girls Club, faith-based organizations, and numerous camps. Each year our PhD students move on to colleges and universities around the globe.