Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Clemson University

Program Details

Clemson University offers the online Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management. This degree is designed specifically to ensure strong research training, optimize opportunities for student-faculty interaction and mentoring and address an essential need in the field for educators in recreational therapy. 

The goals of this program are to:

  • Develop competent recreational therapy educators who are prepared to meet the complexities of preparing recreational therapy students to work in various treatment settings.
  • Develop competent researchers prepared to build and contribute to the body of knowledge in recreational therapy.
  • Reduce the dearth of available educators in recreational therapy.


Students will be required to attend three, five-day, on-campus residencies.

  • Recent GRE scores (in last five years)
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts of all previous academic work, both graduate and undergraduate (Official transcripts will be required once admission has been granted)
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate course work
  • Documentation of certification as a certified therapeutic recreational specialist
  • Acceptable TOEFL scores (for applicants for whom English is a second language)
  • Recent resume/curriculum vitae

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges