Graduate Bulletin

Sport and Recreation Administration, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  April 15

Spring:  September 30

Applications are processed as they arrive through the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be requested from individuals who are capable and prepared to make judgments on the applicant's ability to complete graduate study. Undergraduate faculty and advisors are the best sources. Character references are acceptable, but at least one letter should be from an individual in higher education. If undergraduate work was completed a number of years ago, this may be a difficult request; therefore, discretion should be used in selecting one's references.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:


Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be 350-500 words in length and should include three components: your academic/professional goals; your personal strengths that will contribute to success in the graduate program; and your personal weaknesses that may inhibit success in the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores are expected to be in the 60-70% range.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the program. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a "B" or better in order to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 27 - 39

Students choose between four options:

OPTION 1: THESIS (30 s.h.)

a) Minimum of 18 s.h. of graduate coursework in the School, which includes a required 3-s.h. internship.

b) Minimum of 9 s.h. outside the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, which must include a graduate course in Statistics.*

c) Minimum of 3 s.h. of thesis (THM 9996).


a) Minimum of 21 s.h. of graduate coursework in the School, which includes a required 3-s.h. (optional 6-s.h.) internship.

b) Minimum of 9 s.h. outside the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, which must include a graduate course in Statistics.*

c) Minimum of 3 s.h. of master's project (THM 9995).


a) Minimum of 27 s.h. of graduate coursework in the School, which includes a required 6-s.h. internship.

b) Nine s.h. outside the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, which must include a graduate course in Computer Science.*

c) Completion of a comprehensive examination.


a) Minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate coursework in the School, which includes a required 6-s.h. (optional 9-s.h.) internship.

b) Nine s.h. outside the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, which must include a graduate course in Computer Science.*

c) Six or 9 s.h. of practicum.

* All options require a minimum of two courses (6 s.h.) from the Fox School of Business and Management.

Required Courses (18-24 s.h.):

THM 5111: Research and Quantitative Methods

THM 5211: Administration of Sport and Recreation

THM 5212: Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation

THM 5214: Philosophy and Ethics

THM 5215: Marketing and Public Relations in Sport and Recreation

THM 5485: Graduate Internship (3-9 s.h.)

Elective Courses (3-9 s.h.):

THM 5221: Athletic Governance

THM 5222: Facility Management

THM 5223: Finance and Fund Raising in Sport and Recreation

THM 5224: Graduate Seminar in Sport and Recreation

THM 9995: Master's Project

THM 9996: Master's Thesis

External Requirements (9 s.h.):

Statistics or Computer course


** Selection will be made from all graduate courses in the Fox School of Business and Management. Courses will be chosen on an individual basis and with specific advisement from the student's curriculum advisor. The selection process will take into consideration the student's undergraduate and professional experience and try to identify missing management expertise.

Internship: An internship is required. All students must complete a minimum of 3 s.h. (180 clock hours) of internship (THM 5485).

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


The master's thesis is an original empirical study that demonstrates the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. The thesis should be rigorously investigated under the direct supervision of a major advisor and should be limited to a specific problem in sport and recreation administration. Students are required to defend their theses publicly to the academic community.

A student preparing to defend a thesis should confirm a time and date with the Master's Committee and register with the graduate coordinator. After the time, date, and room are approved, the graduate coordinator will post flyers announcing the defense.

The student's Master's Committee is responsible for evaluating the thesis and the defense. No thesis should go to defense unless it is ready for public scrutiny. The Committee evaluates the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Committee votes to pass or fail the thesis and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation. If the student must make revisions, those changes must be approved as arranged by the Committee.


Master's Project:

The master's project is intended to give students the opportunity to engage in systematic inquiry, while allowing for creative expression in the development of a final product. After identifying a specific problem or area of investigation, the final product for the project may take such forms as a videotape, a program evaluation, a demonstration, a new design, a research paper for publication, a grant proposal, or a manual. The project may be specific to an agency. One member of the Graduate Faculty serves as the major advisor for the project.

Upon completion of the master's project, the student must formally present the project to the Project Committee at a final meeting. After the candidate leaves the room, the Committee decides if the project is approved.

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is designed to test comprehension of the total field of study and is not limited to specific information covered formally in classes. The examination requires that a student demonstrate in writing the ability to apply, analyze, and synthesize information.

The comprehensive exam has five sections, which test the following knowledge:

  1. Administration:  Management theory, personnel management, risk management and liability, public relations, marketing, finance/fund raising and budgeting, and facility design
  2. Research Methodology:  Types of research, current research published, literature review, instrumentation, and internal validity
  3. Problem Solving:  Administrative and professional problems and problem areas
  4. Professional Issues:  Mission; goals; code of ethics; professional development; professional preparation; current professional and legal issues such as gender equity, affirmative action, and Americans with Disabilities Act
  5. Philosophy/Ethics:  Philosophical schools of thought and philosophical/ethical issues concerning the field

Students take the examination after completing 27-36 credits. They have five hours to complete the five sections of questions. At least one question is required in each section, plus selected optional questions from each category. The Graduate Faculty members in the Sport and Recreation Administration program write the questions. They then evaluate the answers. Each examination is evaluated by three faculty members.

Anonymity is preserved. Graders will score each question from 1 to 10, with a score of 8 or above considered passing. An average score for the total exam is recorded by each grader. Finally, an average of the three scores is determined with an average score of 8 or above needed to pass. The examination must be successfully completed as a whole. It is possible to pass the examination in sections. If a student is unsuccessful in any part on the first attempt, the student will be given a second opportunity. If unsuccessful in the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Comprehensive examinations are administered three times a year: November, April, and June. Students must register for the examination with the graduate coordinator at the beginning of the semester. The examination runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is proctored by a faculty member.


The practicum is designed for the student who wants an extensive internship experience. The assumption is that the student will enroll in 6 to 9 s.h. of internship that consists of a full-time experience in a single agency for 6 to 10 months.

Upon completion of the practicum, the student must submit a completed internship log as defined in the graduate internship manual. The internship log will be evaluated by the internship coordinator.


Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
1700 North Broad Street, Suite 412 (062-62)
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Rob DiMeo


Trish McFadden


Director of Graduate Programs in Sport and Recreation Administration:

Michael W. Jackson, HSD



Ira G. Shapiro, Ph.D.


About the Program

The goal of the graduate program in Sport and Recreation Administration is to prepare future leaders in the areas of policymaking, management, supervision, education, and research. The program provides for the analysis of current trends, problems, and policies that affect sport and leisure services. Designed to provide a multidisciplinary approach to sport and leisure studies with an emphasis on business and management, the program is structured to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities in sport administration, recreation administration, and leisure services.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Students may take their two business electives at the Fort Washington, Ambler, or Center City campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

1700 North Broad Street, Suite 412 (062-62)
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students with interest in the economics of sports, marketing, stadium and arena management, administration, fund raising, policymaking, and finance.


The Sport and Recreation Administration program is affiliated with the North American Society for Sport Management, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University.

Study Abroad:

Students who wish to do their internships abroad work closely with academic advisors who will assist with the necessary contacts and supervision.


While formal ranking of academic programs in Sport and Recreation Administration is not done, the program was among the first to be approved by the North American Society for Sport Management and has been viewed as one of the leading programs in the nation.


The degree program is approved by the North American Society for Sport Management.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty members specialize and offer coursework in administration, facility management, athletic governance, marketing, and fund raising.

Job Placement:

Students typically find placements in college athletics, campus recreation, professional sports, sports governing bodies, youth sports, stadium and arena management, and parks and recreation.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students who are eligible for admission may take up to 9 s.h. of coursework on a non-matriculated basis. If accepted into the program, the courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching and Research Assistantships within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management are reserved for students who are capable of teaching undergraduate classes in specialized academic areas or assisting in faculty research. TAs and RAs are expected to provide 20 hours per week of service throughout the academic year. A nine-month stipend is offered along with full (9 s.h.) tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters. Teaching and Research Assistantship applications will not be evaluated until a Graduate School application and all appropriate materials have been received. Assistantships are available only to admitted students. The evaluation of applicants for Teaching and Research Assistantships begins by March and continues until all positions have been filled.

Updated 8.14.07