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2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master's Degree Schools

248 Colleges
$39,515 Avg Salary
$33,143 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master's Degree School for You

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies is the #18 most popular major in the country with 71,951 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 248 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Parks & Rec

Our 2021 rankings named University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign the best school in the United States for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies schools in the United States. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Methodist University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 248 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Citadel Military College of South Carolina is a great place for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students working on their master’s degree. The Citadel is a small public school located in the midsize city of Charleston.

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Columbia University in the City of New York did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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#7

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. Augustana Sioux Falls is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Sioux Falls.

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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

With a ranking of #10, Western Kentucky University did quite well on this year’s best schools for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students working on their master’s degree. WKU is a large public school located in the small city of Bowling Green.

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With a ranking of #11, North Carolina State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Western States landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. Located in the city of Portland, Western States Chiropractic College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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American Public University System ranked #13 on this year’s Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools list. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools ranking. University of Houston - Clear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Houston.

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South Dakota State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a large student population.

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#16

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the large city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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#18

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

University of Dayton landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. U of Dayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Dayton.

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With a ranking of #19, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public college with a large student population.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population.

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#21

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #23 on this year’s Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools list. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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Iowa State University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies programs. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master's Degree Schools

#26

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#29

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
#30

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#31

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#32

Kean University

Union, NJ
#34

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#35

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies students that almost earned our Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
38 Concordia University - Irvine Irvine, CA
39 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
40 Clemson University Clemson, SC
41 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
42 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
43 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
44 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
45 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
46 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
47 Springfield College Springfield, MA
48 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
49 Washington State University Pullman, WA

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Parks & Rec Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Health & Physical Education 64,271
Recreation Administration 3,676
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 3,561
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 227
Outdoor Education 216

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 144,759
Public Administration & Social Service 98,535
Legal Professions 61,011
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,568

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NPS Photo/Zurbuch.

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