Master of Recreation Management*

We offer a small, innovative and interdisciplinary two-year Master's degree in Recreation Managment* with an emphasis on community development and sustainability. We seek applications from excellent graduating and mature students with a range of Bachelor's degrees who are interested in an intensive, self-directed and engaging program. The program is thesis-based and students also complete a number of courses while working in close cooperation with faculty on their research project. There is an opportunity to compete for graduate scholarships. We are seeking applicants who have a particular interest in one of the following areas:

  • Tourism and Sustainable Community Development
  • Environmental Education
  • Active Transportation and Community Health
  • Sustainable Food and Community Development
  • Renewable Energy and Community Engagement
  • Adventure Education
  • Community-Based Resource and Environmental Management

The program can enroll up to two highly qualified students a year and is very demanding, both academically and professionally. Graduate students are expected to have strong academic skills, including writing, presentation and interpersonal communication. Every graduate student writes a thesis and completes a professional or teaching practicum. Students prosper from a close association with faculty. The small size means that graduate students can gain access to faculty in other departments throughout the University for assistance with their academic coursework and research. The scholarship application deadline is February 1 but otherwise applications are accepted throughout the year.

Cate Trueman completed an investigation of peer sustainability education with youth focusing on The MindShift Youth Leadership program. Here is a team in action...


tl_files/sites/communitydevelopment/2014 Photos/DSCN5681.jpg Ziwei Liu's thesis research explored the impacts of tourism development on a unique indegenous culture in western China.

* As of May 2018, the graduate program is transitioning from a degree name of "Recreation Management" to "Community Development" (the undergraduate program has already made this degree name shift). This has been approved by Acadia University and the name change is currently under review by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Committee, where we expect a decision no later than the end of 2018. All current students are receiving the Masters in Recreation Management. The proposed name change recognizes that over the past decade, in parallel with changes in professional fields, the program has shifted from a tight focus on Recreation and Tourism to a broader focus on Community Development. We hope the name will change by the end of 2018.