MS in Recreation Resources Management


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    MS in Recreation Resource Management

    USU offers an MS degree in Recreation Resource Management (RRM) for students wishing to study issues of wildland recreation management and science beyond the bachelor's degree. It is also possible to obtain a PhD in Environment and Society with an emphasis in RRM. Students choosing these degree programs can prepare for careers as a member of a state or federal agency that manages outdoor recreation settings, as a university faculty member with expertise in recreation resource management and research, as a researcher with a government agency or private consulting firm, as a professional with a non-profit organization involved in natural resources and environmental education, or as an outdoor recreation provider in the commercial sector. More information on this degree can be found here.

    MS Assistantships/Fellowships

    Woman in a kayak on a lakeAvailability of Freshwater Resources Research Assistantship

    We are currently accepting applications for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing an MS in Environment and Society, Geography, or Recreation Resource Management. The successful candidate will be focused on understanding how the spatial and temporal availability of freshwater resources affect where, when, and how individuals choose to participate in outdoor recreation or nature-based tourism.

    Three people sitting on rocks overlooking a bare landscapeNational Park Service Fellowship

    The National Park Service and the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University are excited to announce the availability of an MS research fellowship focused on assessing the National Park Service’s capacity to develop and institutionalize visitor use and outdoor recreation resource management within the agency. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to work side-by-side National Park Service leadership in Washington, DC for a full semester during each year of their program. The other semesters will be spent taking coursework and working on research related to the fellowship in Logan, UT.

    Three people hiking the Zion NarrowsVirgin River Wilderness Study Area Assistantship

    We are currently accepting applications for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing an MS focused on understanding how local meteorological conditions (temperature, precipitation, etc.) affect recreation use patterns in the North Fork of the Virgin River Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The WSA is part of the upper access to the deep, and very narrow, Zion Narrows gorge, which is a major attraction for visitors to Zion National Park.