“The Parks and Resource Management Masters Program offers a diverse spread of classes to choose from, including classes that engage you outside the classroom. The program gave me the opportunity to work as an intern at Presque Isle State Park in Erie and a law enforcement ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. After graduation, I am moving to Ashley National Forest in Utah to begin my next journey.”
– Amber Sheppeck
Parks and Recreation
Master of Science in Park and Resource Management - Department Link
Coordinator: Daniel R. Dziubek 724-738-2958
The master of science degree in park and resource management is a 30-hour program offered under both thesis and non-thesis options. The program is oriented to meet the needs of park and resource management or environmental education professionals serving as environmental educators, park rangers, park interpreters, resource management specialists, outdoor recreation planners, and similar professional positions. The program is designed to provide graduates with a sound base in ecological understanding and management theory. Courses study practical solutions to natural and cultural resource and visitor management challenges as well as those generated from the social economic and political scene. Students may also hone their organizational management, communication and computer skills. Students may focus the direction of their studies on a particular area of interest through the selection of specific electives.
The program utilizes the services of nationally known professionals to supplement its graduate faculty in the teaching of courses, supervision of internships and thesis advisement. This arrangement enables the program to keep its course offerings current and relevant to professional needs.
Admission to the program requires the student to meet the general admission requirements set by SRU graduate studies and have completed undergraduate studies in a resource management or related field. Undergraduate deficiencies may be satisfied through post-baccalaureate studies, a supervised readings/study program, or by meeting other conditions prior to admission to degree candidacy.