Recreation and Parks Administration Graduate Certificate

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Advance your career on the administrative side of recreation. Oversee games, events and other leisure activities. Gain greater training and skills for admin roles.

Certificate in Recreation and Parks Administration

Hugh Gibson, Program Director
Kings Street Annex, Room 102; Phone: 417-836-5417

Program description

The Recreation and Parks Administration Certificate is a 12-hour program that includes four 3-credit courses. It is designed to provide preparation for administrative positions in professional recreation, parks and leisure agencies at the international, national, state and local level.

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. A resume and a written statement of goals and interest in the RPA Certificate. This written statement will be reviewed to assess the applicant's motivation and commitment to complete the graduate degree and as evidence of the writing skills necessary to succeed in the program.
  3. All additional admission requirements established by Missouri State University and the Graduate College.

Certificate course requirements (12 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
REC 623 Administration of Recreation, Sport and Park Agencies 3 hrs
REC 615
KIN 780

Risk Management for Recreation, Sport and Park Agencies
Legal Aspects in Sports, Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness Programs

3 hrs
  Choose 6 hours from the following:  
REC 651 Outdoor Leadership 3 hrs
KIN 600 Seminar in Physical Education (Education Abroad) 3-6 hrs
KIN 798 Field Experience 3-6 hrs

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

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