Overview of our Graduate Programs
The Arizona State University's School of Community Resources & Development advances the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our local and global communities through instruction, research, and service.
Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management or Tourism Development and Management and a Master of Science in Recreation and Tourism Studies within 5 years. The accelerated B.S./M.S. program allows up to nine credit hours of graduate-level coursework to be taken as electives during the senior year which can be applied to both the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree.
Students from our partner universities in China can complete their Bachelor degrees from their home universities in China and go on to complete their Master of Science degrees in Community Resources and Development at ASU. Students usually spend two years at ASU. This program is currently open to applicants from Beijing International Studies University and Sichual University.
The Master of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism (MAS-ST) is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. It is an online degree program intended for professionals who desire to tackle sustainability challenges in the tourism industry. The MAS-ST degree is a unique and innovative new program that addresses the growing demand for tourism professionals who are trained in applying the three pillars of sustainability to tourism development. The program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that considers the unique sustainability issues inherent in communities with a tourism sector.
The Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) degree is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector. The program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector. Students interested in nonprofit management and social sector organizations explore research, theory, and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector.
(Currently M.S. in Recreation and Tourism Studies-new name starting Fall 2013)
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Community Resources and Development is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. The degree prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of recreation, leisure and tourism. The goal of the Master's degree is to provide an academic experience that fosters scholarship, critical thinking, and creativity while preparing graduates for leadership/management positions in research and professional recreation and tourism related public, nonprofit, and private agencies. Students select one of the four emphasis areas: sustainable communities; tourism; parks and recreation management; or nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations. Coursework selection should reflect a sense of continuity and relevance based upon the student’s academic and professional goals. The Master's degree culminates with either a thesis or a practicum.
The Ph.D. program is a university-wide interdisciplinary degree. The core faculty engaged in this program are housed in the School of Community Resources and Development (SCRD) at the Downtown Phoenix campus. The faculty is comprised of diverse individuals with a broad range of scholarly expertise and leadership abilities in the primary areas of study. In addition, the Ph.D. builds on current collaborations with faculty with related research interests from existing ASU departments, schools and centers with expertise in public administration, urban planning, community development, communication, gerontology, geography, exercise and wellness, human evolution and social change, family studies and human development, marketing, economics, sustainability, social work, criminal justice and criminology, sociology, and life sciences.
The School also offers graduate level certificate programs in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development (online), and Sustainable Tourism (online). See the Certificates web page for more information.