Jun 21, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Sport and Leisure Service Management M.S.

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An important aspect of the degree program is the opportunity to develop a specialization in either Sport or Leisure Service Management. Specializations provide additional focused study that enable students to prepare for a career in a specific programmatic or organizational setting. The majority of the courses included in a specialization are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Specialization courses may be selected to expand the student’s knowledge in law and liability in sport and leisure, athletic administration, finance, budgeting, marketing, leisure needs assessment, program design and operation, program evaluation, and other courses pertinent to the specialized management of sport and leisure. Opportunities for individualized study of special topics and internships in sport and leisure service agencies also further individualize the student’s preparation.

Successfully completing the program of study will result in conferral of the Master of Science degree in Sport and Leisure Service Management. Graduates of this program find employment with organizations providing professional, collegiate, and amateur sports; community, therapeutic, outdoor, and commercial recreation; and health and fitness services.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following information for admission:

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Submission of two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school. One copy should be sent directly to the Graduate College and the other to the Harrah Hotel Graduate Studies Office.
  3. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.76 on a 4.00 scale or 3.00 in the last two years of study.
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. A minimum score of 450 in each of the GRE sections of verbal and quantitative is required. 
  5. Two letters of recommendation. These letters should be from faculty members who know the applicant’s academic capabilities and can predict success in graduate school.
  6. A one-page statement describing the applicant’s goals and reasons for seeking graduate education in sport and leisure service management.
  7. Current resumé.
  8. A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in Leisure Studies, Recreation, Sport Management or a closely related field. Applicants not meeting this criterion may be required to take prescribed deficiency undergraduate courses.
  9. International applicants: if English is not the applicant’s native language, and his/her baccalaureate degree was not from a school where English was the language of instruction, the applicant must complete one of the language tests listed below with the minimum score indicated or above:
  • Paper-based Test – 550 (minimum writing score – 58)
  • Computer-based Test – 213 (minimum writing score – 24)
  • Internet-based Test – 80 (minimum writing score – 21, minimum speaking score – 21)
  Michigan Test – 85% (minimum scores: 40 out of 50 speaking; 40 out of 50 writing)
  IELTS – 7

Applicants who do not meet the above minimum GPA or GRE test score requirements may be admitted as Provisional Graduate Students.

Transfer of Credit

Nine credits of relevant graduate courses taken prior to admission to the Sport and Leisure Service Management degree may be accepted toward the student’s official graduate program. These credits may be from another accredited university or from UNLV. However, the hours transferred must be: 1) graduate level, 2) received a grade of A or B (B- is not acceptable), 3) appropriate to the proposed degree, and 4) approved by the student’s advisor and the Graduate Coordinator, and, 5) taken within the allowable six-year time limit on all course work. Additional graduate credits may be petitioned for transfer.

Progression of Graduate Program

Prior to completing 16 hours of graduate credit, the student in consultation with his/her advisor, will file a Graduate Degree Program. This program is a contract that specifies the courses necessary to obtain the master’s degree. Any changes in the official program must be made on a Change of Degree Program form, approved by the advisor and graduate coordinator, and submitted to the Graduate College.

Concurrent with the filing of the Official Graduate Program, the student’s Graduate Examination Committee is appointed. The committee consists of three graduate faculty members from the department and one outside graduate faculty member (usually from an appropriate cognate area in which the student has taken classes). Generally, the advisor serves as the committee chair.

Each master’s degree candidate must complete a thesis or professional paper. In either case, a prospectus will be presented to the Examination Committee. After approval of the prospectus, the student may proceed with the project. Upon completion of the thesis or paper, the written document is provided to the Examination Committee members at least two weeks prior to an oral presentation and defense of the work before this group. Both the thesis and professional paper should adhere to the American Psychological Association’s current Publication Manual regarding writing style and format. Copies of the completed thesis must also meet the Graduate College guidelines and be deposited according to published timelines. Professional papers must be bound and copies provided to the department office and advisor.


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