Parks, Recreation and Tourism – School of Natural Resources Parks, Recreation and Tourism – School of Natural Resources

Graduate Assistantship Positions Available

Parks, Recreation and Tourism – School of Natural Resources

The Parks, Recreation & Tourism graduate program faculty are seeking qualified students who wish to pursue a M.S. degree at the University of Missouri.  A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are still available for the 2019-20 academic year, available on a competitive basis. Positions are typically one-year assignments, renewable upon satisfactory performance. Graduate Assistants will work closely with faculty in one of the following areas: Recreation Administration, Tourism Development, Natural Resources Recreation Management, and Sport Management.

For more information on the faculty, please visit

School of Natural Resources Graduate Studies:


Dr. Mark Morgan
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-9525

Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Interim Associate Director
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri
105 ABNR Building
Columbia, MO 65211


Northern Arizona University Northern Arizona University

Posted 2-14-19

I'm happy to announce the fully online Master's degree in Parks and Recreation Management is running at Northern Arizona University. Our program places strong emphases on career development and providing a flexible graduate education that meets the needs of working professionals and families. Courses cover advanced topics in marketing, financial and human resource management, social justice and inclusion, professional writing, research and program evaluation, as well as practicum and capstone opportunities taken up in students' career fields. Many of our courses are 8 weeks in length, allowing students to take a full semester courseload without overloading their lives.

Although there are limited funding opportunities for online graduate students, the sticker price is low compared to similar campus-bound programs--and the actual costs are even lower, as students do not need to leave jobs, relocate, and temporarily pause their careers. Our students span North America from Miami, Florida to Homer, Alaska, and their interests range widely across the constellation that is our field. Our first cohort is currently in their first year, and we are accepting applications for Fall 2019. Applications are reviewed in an ongoing and rolling basis for semesterly admission (and, in the near future, we may allow for mid-semester admission coinciding with 8-week course starts). A full description of our program is available on our website; potential applicants should also familiarize themselves with the NAU Graduate College

However, for those who are seeking the unique benefits of an on-campus graduate experience, we are also currently accepting applications for Fall 2019. Our MS in Applied Geospatial Sciences allows for emphases in Recreation Management, and students interested in intersecting recreation with geography and/or GIS systems will find NAU an ideal fit (plus, Flagstaff Arizona is not a bad place to be). Current students, for example, are developing climbing management protocols for National Park Wilderness Areas or mapping and planning interventions for unauthorized social trails in unique geological and cultural settings.

Prospective students in either program should email me with questions or inquiries about joining NAU and the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation. Please share widely with potential applicants, and I look forward to sharing more about our program with you at our conferences or out in the mountains.

Franklin Vernon, Ph.D

Faculty and Graduate Program Coordinator

Northern Arizona University

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Office Phone: 928-523-6196



Illinois State University Illinois State University

Posted 2-14-19

Illinois State University is has several graduate assistantship positions applicable for students entering our Master's program in Recreation Administration. We would appreciate you passing along this information to any of your students or alumni who may be interested.

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Thanks for sharing with interested parties.  For more information about our Recreation Administration Master's program visit:

Barbara E. Schlatter
School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-5120

Arizona State University Arizona State University

POSTED 2-14-19
MS in community resources and development, School of Community Resources and Development at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus.

I am currently seeking a graduate student to work with me on funded research. The current funding would cover full tuition reimbursement plus a stipend for the fall 2019 semester. Funding after that point is not guaranteed, but we are actively pursuing additional funding options.

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in community resources and development is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. The degree prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of recreation, leisure, tourism, nonprofits and community development. The goal of the master's degree is to provide an academic experience that fosters scholarship, critical thinking, and creativity while preparing graduates for leadership/management positions in public, nonprofit, and private agencies. Students select one of the four concentration areas: sustainable communities; tourism; parks and recreation management; or nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. Coursework selection should reflect a sense of continuity and relevance based upon the student's academic and professional goals. The Master's degree culminates with either a thesis or a professional project.

In addition, students at ASU have the added benefit of the Global Sport Institute (, which brings together students and scholars across the University who are interested in studying sport from a variety of disciplines including business, law, community development, journalism in more.

For more information, please contact me (Eric Legg) at or 602-496-1057. Details about the program can also be found online at

Eric Legg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Global Sport Scholar and Honors Faculty
Arizona State University
School of Community Resources & Development