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Get certified in recreation and leisure management

This graduate certificate is designed for professionals with a minimum of a bachelor's degree who seek additional education in the field of recreation and leisure management, including those wishing to complement another graduate program, those seeking a career change or those wanting to further their understanding of the field. This certificate is often obtained by active-duty military and civilian personnel working with the military in Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).


This program prepares you to understand professions within recreation and leisure management, apply theories to the professions, use relevant research to provide high-quality services and create quality programs for specific populations. You will get up-to-date information about recreation and event planning, sports programs, recreation venues and more.


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses) of graduate-level coursework in leisure studies. Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


Leisure Studies, MS

Health, Leisure and Human Performance, PhD - Leisure Studies

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Courses are delivered on the OSU Stillwater campus, with many opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration. Any substitutions or deviations from the list must be approved by the program coordinator prior to enrollment.


Required (three credit hours):

  • LEIS 5453: Social Psychology of Leisure

Choose one of the following (three credit hours):

  • LEIS 5030: Field Problems in Leisure Studies
  • LEIS 5030: Readings in Recreation and Leisure Management
  • LEIS 5423: Supervision and Leadership in Leisure Studies

Choose one of the following (three credit hours):

  • LEIS 5113: Graduate Internship in Recreation Management
  • LEIS 5403: Outdoor Education
  • LEIS 5463: Areas and Facilities in Leisure Services
  • LEIS 5933: Campus Recreation, Intramurals and Sport

 Choose one of the following (three credit hours):

  • LEIS 5020: Workshop in Leisure Studies
  • LEIS 5013: Recreation and a Technologically Advanced Society
  • LEIS 5023: Legal Aspects of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
  • LEIS 5033: Recreation Specialization and Serious Leisure
  • LEIS 5413: Organization and Administration of Leisure Services
  • LEIS 5943: Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management

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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (focused on academic capability, communication skills, desire and potential for success, ability to work independently and relevant experience)
  • Writing sample (can be a past class assignment)
  • Personal statement (250 words max) addressing desire and potential for success, ability to work independently and relevant experience)

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