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Master’s Degrees in Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies

167 Yearly Graduations
$37,900 Median Salary
$26,012 Median Debt
A master's degree in parks and rec is offered at 29 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 13% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.4% of parks and rec graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Parks & Rec Majors

In 2018-2019, 167 master's degrees were awarded to parks and rec majors. This makes it the 213th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in parks and rec at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,956
Associate’s Degree 206
Master’s Degree 167
Basic Certificate 147
Undergraduate Certificate 68
Doctor’s Degree 16
Graduate Certificate 1

Earnings of Parks & Rec Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in parks and rec is $37,900. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $36,500 to a high of $39,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in parks and rec is $26,012. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,343 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $25,680.

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The median monthly payment of a parks and rec graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $303.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in parks and rec. About 58.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 70
Women 97
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Parks & Rec

The racial-ethnic distribution of parks and rec master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 133
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 12
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Parks & Rec Master's Degree Students

There are 29 colleges that offer a master’s degree in parks and rec. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

31 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for parks and rec students seekinga master's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

The parks and rec program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 31 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
26 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 43,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their master's degree in parks and rec from IU Bloomington. About 73% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio
23 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Toledo comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in parks and rec. Each year, around 19,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,449 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,047 per year.

The parks and rec program at University of Toledo awarded 23 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
81% Women

The 4th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their master's degree is SUNY Cortland. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at SUNY Cortland.

#5

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
14 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at U of U. Of these students, 50% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,456 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,268 per year.

The parks and rec program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#7

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
9 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Carolina University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 28,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,452 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,749 per year.

The parks and rec program at East Carolina University awarded 9 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#8

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Northern Iowa. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,665 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,159 per year.

The parks and rec program at University of Northern Iowa awarded 8 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in parks and rec. Each year, around 11,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The parks and rec program at Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix awarded 6 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#10

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in parks and rec. Roughly 38,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The parks and rec program at California State University - Long Beach awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 40% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southern Oregon University. Each year, around 6,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,505 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,028 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Southern Oregon University. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their master's degree is Oklahoma State University - Main Campus. Roughly 24,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,366 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,531 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at OSU. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#12

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Sacramento comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in parks and rec. Each year, around 31,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Sac State. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#14

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

San Francisco State University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in parks and rec. Roughly 29,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their master's degree in parks and rec from SFSU.

2 Yearly Graduations

The 14th most popular school in the country for parks and rec majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Chico. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Chico State.

#16

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
1 Yearly Graduations

University of Iowa is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in parks and rec. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 master's degrees were handed out to parks and rec majors at Iowa.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to parks and rec that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Health & Physical Education 8,423
Recreation Administration 331
Outdoor Education 39
Other Parks & Recreation Studies 21

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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