Our Master or Recreation Resources Development (MRRD) program is designed for students who aspire to careers of leadership as managers and marketing professionals in the park, recreation, tourism, and experience industries. Thirty-six credit hours are required, including a capstone project (RPTS 693), completed through collaboration with the student’s MRRD faculty supervisor. The capstone project involves working directly with one or more managers or marketing professionals to help solve a problem or capitalize on an opportunity for that professional’s business (e.g., hotel, tourist attraction, restaurant, sport or art venue) or public agency (e.g., convention and visitors bureau, state park, national park, forest, or other land management agency).
The MRRD may be tailored to meet the needs of individual students, but the curriculum should be focused on developing skills in effectively and efficiently managing and marketing the resources of park, recreation, and tourism businesses and government agencies. Although specific requirements are established through consultation with students’ faculty supervisor, most MRRD students’ academic programs will include the following:
- At least three credits of quantitative methods for problem-solving (statistics, analytics) (e.g., RPTS 615)
- At least one class in research methods (e.g., RPTS 614)
- At least 15 hours of classes in management and/or marketing
- Core graduate curricula in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences, to include RPTS 601, 602, and 603
Degree plans MUST be approved by all members of students’ supervisory committees.