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.”
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:
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.
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 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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Professor and Coordinator,
M.S. in Recreation & Sport Administration
School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
Phone: (270) 745-6021
RSA Student Services Coordinator,
WKU School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
Phone: (270) 745-4109