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Prepare for a career in recreation with a master's degree in Recreation, Event and Sport Management from UNT.
Recreation services are one of the largest industries in the world, whether measured in dollars spent, persons served, hours of time devoted, or resources used. The Recreation, Event and Sport Management program at the University of North Texas can lead you to challenging and rewarding leadership positions in a variety of recreation, sport, event and leisure settings.We offer course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Recreation, Event and Sport Management. While pursuing your degree, you examine the theoretical approaches to the study of recreation, sport and leisure, and research methods for conducting scientific studies.

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Why Earn a Recreation Event & Sport Management Master's?

The Master of Science degree program with a major in recreation, event and sport management (RESM) is designed to prepare students for management-level positions within the recreation, event and sport management industries, or for further graduate work in recreation, event, or sport.

You're also exposed to event and program planning, design and evaluation, facility operations management, fiscal administration, and analysis of the economic impact of programs and events.

The program utilizes classroom and laboratory space in the Physical Education Building, the Ken Bahnsen Gymnasium and the Coliseum in addition to private facilities in the area. In these settings, you exercise your management and leadership skills in:

  • Aquatics
  • Facilities operation
  • Health/wellness
  • Outdoor adventure/education
  • Special events
  • Youth sports

Many faculty members are recognized scholars and active researchers. They've been honored by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration; the Society of Health and Physical Educators; and the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, among others. In their research, RESM faculty employ various methods and techniques also used in professional practice. Their research areas include:

  • Assessment of recreation and sport facilities
  • Economic analysis of sport and recreation events
  • Physical activity and park usage
  • Trail related research
  • Leisure and aging


Marketable Skills
  • Plan/implement/evaluate recreation and sport events
  • Develop and assess marketing efforts
  • Develop strategic usage plans
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships
  • Assess economic and social impact

Recreation Event & Sport Management Master's Highlights

There are several college-wide, departmental and program scholarships available to help you pursue your degree.
To meet others with similar career interests, you can join the Recreation, Leisure and Sport Society student organization. It provides opportunities to volunteer and network at local, state and national conferences.
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
The recreational sports office employs graduate assistants, supervisors, game officials, court monitors, lifeguards, aerobics instructors and student secretaries.

What Can You do With a Recreation Event & Sport Management Master's?

Career opportunities include leadership and management positions in various agencies such as municipal recreation departments, not-for-profit agencies, resorts, military bases, commercial recreation enterprises, sport facilities, schools, state or federal agencies, parks, outdoor education centers, camps, YMCAs, intramural and campus recreation programs, corporations and fitness clubs, and professional and semi-professional sports organizations as well as college athletics.

Recreation Event & Sport Management Master's Courses You Could Take

Survey Research Design and Analysis (3 hrs)
Application of survey research design and analysis techniques necessary for scientific investigations in the recreation, event and sport related industries. Emphasis is placed on strategies for designing surveys and data sampling schemes, data analysis techniques, and interpretation of statistical analysis results.
Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation, Event and Sport Management (3 hrs)
The multifaceted needs of diverse clients and participants in recreation, event and sports are highlighted. Exploration of why diversity and inclusion are critical for organizational success as well as effective service delivery systems within contemporary society.
Revenue Generation and Sales in Sport Organizations (3 hrs)
Focuses on the unique revenue generating procesess of various professional, amateur and recreational sport organizations. Particularly, students learn about the importance of sponsorship, in-game promotions and ticket sales.
Strategic Marketing for Sports and Event Organizations (3 hrs)
Designed to provide students with opportunities for understanding and applying marketing principles within various aspects of the sport and events industries. Focus is on the elements that make the sport product distinctive from other businesses. Provides a broad overview of the important tenets of marketing and provides students with opportunities to apply this knowledge by creating marketing plans for actual sport organizations.
Sport Law and Risk Management (3 hrs)
Examines key issues and applications of law related to sport, recreation, entertainment and event settings with particular focus on: contract law, ambush marketing, constitutional law, Title IX and liability
Management of Recreation and Sport Organizations (3 hrs)
The application of management principles and practices as they relate to the successful operations of recreation and sport organizations.

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