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Students in Penn State’s Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management graduate program have a truly unique opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers and faculty members in an active research environment.

As a graduate student, you’ll gain firsthand experience in conducting groundbreaking research, working with participants, collecting data, conducting data analyses, publishing papers, and presenting your findings at academic conferences.

In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, the research possibilities here are extensive, diverse, and multidisciplinary in nature, with the goal of developing a deep understanding of the social, environmental, psychological, and economic aspects of human behavior in relation to the experience and delivery of recreation, park, tourism, and leisure activities.

View current active research projects.