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M.S. in Recreation & Sport Administration with a concentration in Facility & Event Management

M.S. in Recreation & Sport Administration with a concentration in Facility & Event Management

Facility and event management is a rapidly growing field with numerous professional organizations offering their members trainings and certifications in crowd control, accessibility, risk management, emergency action planning, green design and sustainability, and much more. The 100% online Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration with a concentration in Facility and Event Management is designed to prepare recreation and sport professionals with qualifications and skills to do just that.

The program focuses on enhancing students’ knowledge and competencies in areas necessary for a successful career trajectory in venue management, which includes topics such as administration, financial practices, marketing, safety and security. Our faculty are experienced professionals who will guide you through the theoretical aspects of facility and event management while exposing you to real world scenarios and helping to expand your professional network.

The minimum requirements for acceptance into the Master of Science in Recreation and Sports Administration with a concentration in Facility and Event Management are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing with at least a 2.5 overall GPA.

  • Application & Fee

    Students seeking a graduate degree must apply online. There is a $60 application fee.  Please make sure that in “Course of Study” that you choose Recreation and Sport Administration.  In the “Concentration” pull down box you will need to select “Facility and Event Management.”

  • Transcript Record

    Graduates of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the The Graduate School.

  • Statement of Professional Intent
    Statement should provide a sample of applicant's writing style and ability.  It should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, and is expected to be well organized, clearly written and error free. It should include an introduction, responses to the three questions below, and a conclusion:

    • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
    • What related qualifications and/or experiences do you bring to the program?
    • What are your career goals after completing the program
  • Statements should be emailed to graduate.school@wku.edu and include your full name and WKU Student ID (if known).

The M.S. in Recreation Sport Administration with a concentration in Facility and Event Management requires a total of 33 credit hours. This program is 100% online.

Required Courses

RSA 501: Research Methods in Recreation and Sport (3)

RSA 513: Recreation and Sport Administration (3)

RSA 515: Recreation and Sport Facility Development (3)

RSA 517: Legal Issues in Recreation and Sport (3)

RSA 519: Fiscal Practices in Recreation and Sport (3)

RSA 521: Public Relations in Recreation and Sport (3)

RSA 523: Theoretical Foundations of Recreation and Sport (3)

RSA 534: Facility Management (3)

RSA 536: Event Management (3)

RSA 538: Facility and Event Security Management (3)

RSA 590: Practicum in Recreation and Sport (3)

The most recent occupational outlook data shows projected growth of 44% in the field of facility and event management through 2020! 

Here are a few sites that can show you current availability in the field:

Financial Aid: Eligibility Requirements and the Application Process

Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships and loans for educational purposes. To qualify for federal student aid you must meet certain requirements. General eligibility requirements can be reviewed on the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:

  • Your eligibility is determined through an application process. So, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Even if you doubt your eligibility, apply. Approximately 90% of those who apply qualify for some form of aid. A step-by-step guide through the application process can be found at wku.edu/financialaid/applying/how-to-apply.php.
  • Distance learning courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses. If your application is approved, you may elect to take web, on demand or face-to-face courses.  Distance courses through On Demand require same semester completion and an On Demand Agreement.
  • You must be classified as a degree-seeking student to qualify. Degree seeking normally refers to an  associate, baccalaureate or master degree. However, some stand-alone certificates are also eligible.
  • Certificate Program Eligibility:  As a general rule, if you are seeking an undergraduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 16 credit hours, 15 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. If you are seeking a graduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 8 credit hours, 10 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. For additional information on certificate eligibility, please email fa.questions@wku.eduCertificates may also be earned in conjunction with degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels. Degree seeking students at the associate, bachelor and master levels will be awarded financial aid based on the primary degree listed.
  • You must be registered at least half-time to receive aid (6 credit hours for undergrad students; 4.5 credit hours for grad students).
  • You must meet federal and state regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible. The complete SAP Policy is available at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
  • The WKU School Code for the FAFSA application is 002002.

Veterans and Active Military

WKU is a military friendly school. Veterans and active military are required to file additional forms for military tuition assistance. The Office of Veterans Affairs unit that helps ensure all appropriate information is on file. For additional information visit wku.edu/veteran/ or email va.questions@wku.edu

Helpful Resources


National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

WKU has partnered with the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), through their affiliate organization the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA), to offer up to one year of student membership.

Benefits of membership with CEFMA/NACDA include reduced rates for the annual CEFMA Convention, copies of Athletics Administration magazine, access to the NACDA Daily Review via email, participation in the CEFMA listserv, access to NACDA’s Job Center online, and opportunities to network with a diverse group of professionals in the field.

International Association of Venue Managers

WKU has partnered with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) to offer students up to two years of associate-student membership as part of their program experience.

Benefits of this membership include exceptional professional development opportunities, a vast network of professionals around the globe and much more.

ASAE – American Society of Association Executives

APPA – The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers

ACME – Association for Convention Marketing Executives

ACOM – Association for Convention Operations Management

AIPC – International Association of Congress Centres

ACCED-I – Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors

ALSD – Association of Luxury Suite Directors

APAP – Association of Performing Arts Presenters

ABRACCEF – Brazilian Association of Conference Centers

CEIR – Center for Exhibition Industry Research

CIC – Convention Industry Council

CMA – Country Music Association

DMAI – Destination Marketing Association International

ESTA – Entertainment Services and Technology Association

EAA – European Arenas Association

EVVC – European Association of Event Centers

ESMA – European Stadium Managers Association

ESCA – Exposition Service Contractors Association

IAEE – International Association of Expositions & Events

IAAPA – International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

IAAM – International Association of Assembly Managers

IACC – International Association of Conference Centers

IACVB – International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus

IAFE – International Association of Fairs & Expositions

IAPCO – International Association of Professional Congress Organizers

ICMA – International City/County Management Association

ICCA – International Congress & Convention Association

IEDC – International Economic Development Council

IFEA – International Festivals & Events Association

IFMA – International Facility Management Association

ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts

ISES – International Special Events Society

Ice Skating Institute

INTIX – International Ticketing Association

IATSE – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees & Moving Picture Technicians of the U.S. and Canada

LHAT – League of Historic American Theaters

MLB – Major League Baseball

MPI – Meeting Professionals International

AMPROFEC – Mexican Association of Professionals in Fairs, Exhibitions & Conventions

NAA – National Arenas Association

NACA – National Association for Camus Activities

NAAC – National Association of Accessibility Consultants

NACDA – National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletes

NAC – National Association of Concessionaires

NACS – National Association of Consumer Shows

NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

NAPAMA – North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents

NBA – National Basketball Association

NCBMP – National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners

NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association

NFL – National Football League

NHL – National Hockey League

NLC – National League of Cities

NACPA – North American Concert Promoters Association

PCMA – Professional Convention Management Association

PRCA – Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

RCMA – Religious Conference Management Association

SCMP – Society of Corporate Meeting Professionals

SGMP – Society of Government Meeting Planners

SC – Sport England

SMA – Stadium Managers Association

TEAM – TEAM Coalition

UFI – Union des Foires Internationales

USITT – U.S. Institute for Theater Technology

VMA –Venue Management Association


Department Contacts

Fred Gibson
Professor and Coordinator,
M.S. in Recreation & Sport Administration
School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
Email: fred.gibson@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-6021

Suzanne Thomas
RSA Student Services Coordinator,
WKU School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
Email: suzanne.thomas@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4109

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate 

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 Last Modified 4/11/18