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M.S. Recreation & Sport Administration

This program is designed to prepare professional Recreation and Sport Administration practitioners for a wide range of occupations. The following concentrations areas are available:

General (on-campus): The General concentration provides opportunity for study in a specialized area of recreation, knowledge of research procedures, and academic background for students planning to pursue doctoral study. 

Athletic Administration & Coaching (online): The Athletic Administration and Coaching concentration provides an opportunity for persons interested in Athletic Administration to gain knowledge, research and experience in this dynamic area.

Facility & Event Management (online): Numerous professional organizations emphasize trainings and certifications in facility and event management for their members. These offerings can include aquatic management, crowd control, playground safety, accessibility, risk management, construction standards, turf management, emergency action planning, green design and sustainability, and many more. 

We also offer a 12 hour Graduate Certificate in Facility and Event Management. For more information, please click here.

Sport Media and Branding (online): Turn your passion for sports, innovative technology and business into a fantastic career. Sport media plays a pivotal role in the production and distribution of messages and brands that touch many aspects of our social and cultural lives. WKU's 100% online Master of Science in Recreation & Sport Administration with a concentration in Sport Media and Branding allows graduate students to explore the context and complexities of 1) sport media relations, 2) sport branding, 3) digital media production and distribution, and 4) sport sponsorships.


Degree Requirements—33 hours

Required Core—21 hours

RSA 501 Analysis of Research in Recreation (FA/SP/SU)

RSA 513 Recreation and Sport Administration (SP)

RSA 515 Recreation Sport Facility Development (SP)

RSA 517 Legal Issues in Recreation and Sport (SP)

RSA 519 Fiscal Practices in Recreation Sport (FA)

RSA 521 Public Relations in Recreation and Sport (FA)

RSA 523 Theory of Recreation and Sport (FA)

RSA 590 Practicum (FA/SP/SU)

(FA=Course is offered in the Fall, SP=Course is offered in the Spring, SU=Course is offered in the Summer)

 Plus 3 advisor approved electives

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 Last Modified 9/24/14