Welcome, prospective CRD graduate students!
You are here because you are interested in community development as it relates to recreation, communities, nonprofit leadership, leisure and tourism. We are committed to the science behind those interests and helping you discover how community resources can be sustainably used to enhance quality of life. The School of Community Resources and Development, with its multi-disciplinary approach, committed faculty, and urban desert setting provides a unique environment to earn your Masters or Ph.D. degree.
Our curriculum is designed to provide you with the tools necessary to understand, explain, and build sustainable and healthy communities. Our academic expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of knowledge in areas such as tourism economics, park management, community recreation, non-profit organizations, social media, cultural and heritage tourism, and community development. We are the only major school in the United States to successfully combine these broad areas into one shared experience.
Our programs offer opportunities to help solve critical issues impacting communities and regions. You will gain expertise in analyzing and understanding critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of recreation, leisure, tourism, non-profit and community development. You will work closely with your Graduate Studies Committee to develop a program of study based specifically on your interests and needs.
Our graduates work for federal, state and local parks and recreation agencies such as US Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, Arizona State Parks and the Phoenix Parks Department. They work in tourism organizations such as the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Arizona Office of Tourism. They also work in private businesses like Choice Hotels and Travelocity. Others lead and work in non-profit organizations such as the YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club.
We invite you to explore the exciting possibilities for your future at our School either through our website or through your inquiries and visits. Learn more about the University and School spend time on our site, visit and explore our degree programs. Contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Gyan Nyaupane at Gyan.Nyaupane@asu.edu for information on the application process. I hope you decide this program is right for you.
Kathy Andereck, Ph.D.
Director, School of Community Resources and Development