Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership
Master of Arts
Ready to enhance your leadership skills in managing youth, community, and outdoor programs as well as tourism agencies within public or nonprofit sectors? Enroll in our MA program to gain the latest knowledge and best practices for managing recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership (RTNL) programs and organizations. Grow intellectually and professionally while preparing to meet the needs of today's communities.
- Join a cohort of students and attend in-person classes in UNI’s Wellness and Recreation Center, a lively facility dedicated to athletics, fitness, rock climbing, and aquatics.
- Learn to design programs and manage facilities for recreation, tourism, and nonprofit agencies.
- Explore on-campus job opportunities in recreation and athletics or apply for a graduate assistant position in outdoor education and leadership.
Renewed Focus on RTNL
We're excited to share that our master's degree program at UNI is transitioning to a recreation, tourism, and nonprofit leadership (RNTL) focus (formally community health and recreation). This shift reflects our commitment to providing a specialized education tailored to these industries' evolving needs. Watch for updates in the University Catalog.
Empower healthy choices and foster resiliency by directing youth camps, outdoor programs, or senior centers.
Facilitate community building by creating recreational centers, playgrounds, visitor centers, parks, and natural areas that promote connectivity.
Embark on a dynamic career in the growing recreation industries while shaping the future of nonprofit or government agencies.
Interested? Request information
Tell us more and we'll send information on how you can succeed with a recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership MA degree from the University of Northern Iowa College of Education.
Chris Kowalski, Ed.D.
Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Program Coordinator
A Shared Journey
Faculty with a variety of backgrounds are ready to partner with you through your journey as a recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership master's student. The team includes:
Lives Worth Living
The pursuit of high quality leisure, through community parks and recreation, or nonprofits, or outdoor recreation is what makes life worth living. It is a profession of existentialism that leads to happiness. Although leisure can help us relax and escape, serious leisure creates positive emotions, authentic relationships, engagement in community and belonging, meaning/purpose and achievement. -- Rod Dieser
Requirements for Admission
- Undergraduate and/or graduate official and final transcripts
- Personal Statement, addressing the motivations for seeking degree at UNI, research interests, professional goals
- 2.75 is the minimum GPA to be accepted without provision; applicants with a GPA lower than 2.75 may still be admitted provisionally, at the discretion of the program and the Graduate College
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A resume or CV
- Application fee (this can be waived or deferred, if you qualify).
Fall semester applications are due on March 1 for full consideration for admission and funding.
Hannah Lang has been able to take her love of outdoor recreation and turn it into a successful career at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado. The support of faculty and staff and the valuable hands-on experiences she received at the University of Northern Iowa helped make it possible.