The MS in Sport and Recreation Studies meets the growing need for professionals and academics through concentrations in the areas of Recreation Administration, Sport and Leisure Studies, Sport Management, and Individualized Study in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism.

The Sport Management Graduate Certificate with concentrations in Sport Coaching and International Sport Management may be taken in conjunction with the MS SRST degree or as a standalone option. 

Admissions

Application Requirements

In addition to fulfilling admission requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions, applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics. 

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP .6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: E1-MS-SRST

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

MS Core Coursework

Students are required to take a set of four courses that will provide grounding in historical and socio-cultural foundations, research methods and statistics, ethical and legal issues, and leadership perspectives. In addition, all students will complete a seminar, and either a capstone thesis or project/internship specific to their concentration.

SRST 606Foundations of Sport and Recreation Studies3
SPMT 613Strategic Leadership in Sport Organizations3
or RMGT 613 Strategic Leadership in Recreation Administration
SPMT 614Legal Issues in Sport3
or RMGT 501 Introduction to Natural Resources Law
SRST 623Research Design and Statistical Reasoning3
SRST 796Seminar in Sport and Recreation Studies1
Select 5 credits from the following:5
Master's Project/Internship
Thesis Preparation
and Master's Thesis
Total Credits18

Concentration in Recreation Administration (RADM)

Coursework
RMGT 610Recreation Administration and Planning3
RMGT 611Social Psychology of Leisure3
Select 6 credits from the following: 16
Natural Resources Recreation Planning
Visitor Services
History of Leisure and Sport in American Society
Philosophy of Leisure and Sport
Special Topics (must register for 3 credits)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Sport and Leisure Studies (SPLS)

Coursework
RMGT 601History of Leisure and Sport in American Society3
RMGT 612Philosophy of Leisure and Sport3
Select 6 credits from the following: 16
Social Psychology of Leisure
Sport in the Global Marketplace
Sport and International Development
Special Topics (must register for 3 credits)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Sport Management (SPMT)

Coursework
SPMT 611Sport Marketing and Sales3
SPMT 612Economics and Financial Management in the Sport Industry 13
SPMT 616Sport Operations, Venues, and Event Management3
Electives
Select 3 credits from the following: 23
Sport in the Global Marketplace
The Australian Model of Sport
The Global Soccer Industry
Psychology of Coaching
Ethical Issues in Global Sport
Theoretical Models of Sport Coaching
Sport and International Development
Governance and Policy in International Sport
Special Topics (must register for 3 credits)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Individualized Study in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism (ISRT)

With advisor approval, select four 3-credit courses within the university catalog that form an integrated program of study.12
Total Credits12

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Sport and Recreation Studies, Accelerated MS

Overview

Qualified Mason undergraduates may be admitted to a bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and a MS in Sport and Recreation Studies.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, and additional unit-specific criteria.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • 3.0 overall GPA 
  • Completion of specific undergraduate coursework
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following which can be taken as Advanced Standing or Reserve Graduate credit (to be determined by the student and their advisor):

RMGT 501Introduction to Natural Resources Law3
RMGT 613Strategic Leadership in Recreation Administration3
SPMT 551Sport in the Global Marketplace3
SPMT 611Sport Marketing and Sales3
SPMT 612Economics and Financial Management in the Sport Industry3
SPMT 613Strategic Leadership in Sport Organizations3
SPMT 614Legal Issues in Sport3
SPMT 616Sport Operations, Venues, and Event Management3
SRST 598Special Topics1-6
SRST 606Foundations of Sport and Recreation Studies3

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.