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Parks and Recreation/Environmental Education 

 Master of Science: Park and Resource Management - on campus program 



The Master of Science Park and Resource Management degree program (on campus) has been designed to provide students with advanced instruction while contributing to their knowledge base as future park and resource management professionals. The program provides an opportunity to develop a braod-based background for optimum marketability. The program focuses on several skill areas including ecology, planning and design, current issues, and research methods.

Courses are generally repeated every three semesters, allowing students to complete the program in one to one and a half years.  Internships, an important aspect of the program, are usually completed in the summer.

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The Graduate Faculty of the Department of Parks and Recreation is embarking on a self-study of the online and on campus graduate programs to ensure that the quality, as well as the scope, of the program is consistent with the needs of students continuing in, or entering into, the field of parks, recreation, and the management of resources related to the provision and maintenance of natural resource based outdoor recreation opportunities.

Due to activities affecting our ability to offer appropriate and sufficient courses on campus, and anticipating changes to the program emanating from the results of a self-study, the on campus graduate programs in park and resource management and environmental education will be placed on moratorium beginning with the spring 2014 semester.  During this period, students already admitted to the on campus programs will be able to complete their programs of study through a combination of on campus and online courses.

Potential applicants will still have the option to enroll in the online programs in park and resource management and environmental education. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we feel strongly that it is an important step to take to ensure that the best quality graduate education continues to be offered by the Slippery Rock University Department of Parks and Recreation.


Featured Student:
Christine Kercell

Christine Kercell - Featured Student

Parks and Recreation Program Outcomes

  • Communication
  • Graphic & Technological Communication
  • Utilization of Professional Planning Tools and Instruments
  • Problem Solving
  • Facilities Evaluation & Management
  • Visitor Services
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Foundations
  • Programming
  • Recreation Resource Management
  • Practical Professional Experience
  • Diversity
  • Valuing Ethical Responsibility