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Master of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management


The online master's degree provides students with a professional education designed to advance their career development in parks, recreation and tourism industries. The courses are matched with the needs of industry and are taught by an experienced faculty who are dedicated to providing students with the skills they will need to lead and to gain a competitive advantage in their chosen field. Students can continue to work full-time while taking one course at a time and still complete all degree requirements in two years.

The flexible learning environment accommodates the demands of full-time employment. The contemporary instructional methods emphasize group discussions, frequent interactions with faculty and meaningful assignments that provide valuable skills and knowledge critical for career advancement.

Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

PRTM Online Master's Program
Phone: 919-513-0350
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

Recognizing the constraints preventing many working professionals from advancing in the fields of parks, recreation and tourism management, we have developed a program of study designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to advance in their careers. With an emphasis on advanced management, graduates of our program will have the knowledge and credentials needed to advance in the fields of parks, recreation and tourism management.

(What will I learn?)

Required Courses

  • PRT 500: Conceptual Foundations in PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 503: Advanced Fiscal Management for PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 504: Data Management and Evaluation in PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 505: GIS and Spatial Analysis in PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 506: Organizational Behavior and Leadership in PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 507: Strategic Marketing Management in PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 508: Risk Management for PRT&S (3 credits)
  • PRT 650: E-Portfolio (1 credit)

Three (3) of the following:

  • Electives (9 credits)
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 31

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

  1. Completed application.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  4. Two years full-time professional work experience OR scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) completed within the past five years.
  5. Three recommendations (including at least one academic reference).

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters and in both summer sessions. Ten courses (totaling 31 credits hours) are required, so a student taking five courses per year can complete the degree requirements in two years. A maximum of six (6) years is allowed to complete the degree requirements.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student (NDS).

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $12,631.57
Non-resident: $27,666.57

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