Important Application Dates

Fall 2020 applications are being accepted until all seats are filled!

Admission decisions for applications received by March 1 will be communicated by April 1, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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Recreation Management - Professional Development emphasis (MS)

The graduate Recreation Management Program follows a comprehensive admissions review process in selecting students for admission to the online Professional Development Emphasis. Although our program is designed for working recreation professionals, other students will be considered for admission dependent upon their application materials and available space in the program. The GRE is not required for program admission and neither a thesis nor a comprehensive exam is required to complete the program. The factors that will be considered in the review of an application include:

  • Primary factors:
    • A baccalaureate degree in recreation or leisure from an accredited institution; OR
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of one year of experience working in the recreation or leisure field.
  • Secondary factors:
    • A minimum of one year of full-time experience working in the recreation or leisure field
    • Staff supervisory experience

How to apply

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We encourage you to make contact with our program director to introduce yourself and ask any questions you might have about the program.  This contact also helps to alert us to your interest in the program.  Complete the form below to get the process started!

Recreation Management Professional Development

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  • Follow the link to the UW System application. Register as a new user, unless you already have an account.
  • The email you enter on this application will be used to send you important information related to completing your graduate school application. You should use an email address that you monitor on a regular basis. 
  • There is a $56 UW System application fee, which you can pay online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can send a check to the address below.  *Application fee assistance is available to McNair Scholars. 

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Watch your email

Following UW System Application submission, you will receive two emails.

The first email is an invitation to your WINGS Student Center and includes information about your NETID/WINGS Username.  Access your WINGS Student Center to check the status of your application fee and transcripts.

The second email provides login information for your Applicant Dashboard. This email will be sent within 3 business days of submission of your UW system application; you may need to check your junk/spam email folders.  You will use your Applicant Dashboard to submit the supplemental application materials described below (including reference requests) for this program. If you have problems with the Applicant Dashboard, please contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu.

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Applicant Dashboard (example)

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Request that ALL previously attended institutions of higher education send official transcripts to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office.  This includes transcripts for courses taken for college credit during high school. UWL accepts transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service.  Transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
admissions@uwlax.edu

  • Applicants can check transcript status via their WINGS account.
  • Applicants who are current UWL undergraduate students/alumni do not need to request formal transcripts for UWL coursework. Admissions can access your UWL transcript.
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All supplemental application materials listed below (including recommendation requests) will be submitted via your Applicant Dashboard. You will receive an email invitation to login to your Applicant Dashboard within 3 business days of UW System Application submission. Contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu with questions.

Personal Statement expanding section

This program requires submission of a personal statement.  A personal statement describing your belief about the importance of recreation, your personal and professional experiences and passions related to recreation, and the reasons you would like to pursue a graduate degree in recreation. Please also include any additional information about yourself that you would like us to consider that speaks to your ability to contribute to our program or our University.

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3 letters of recommendation are required. 

You will submit your recommendation request(s) using the Applicant Dashboard by providing the name and email address for each reference.  The system will automatically send the reference an email, including a link through which their recommendation should be uploaded to your application file. Your reference(s) should receive the emailed link within one business day of your request.

It is your responsibility to notify your reference(s) of the emailed request (they may need to check spam/junk folders) and provide information regarding deadlines for completion of the recommendation. 

You will be able to monitor the status of your recommendation requests, resend requests, and change reference information on Applicant Dashboard. Please contact gradstudies@uwlax.edu with questions.

Resume expanding section

You will be asked to submit a current professional resume.

International applicants expanding section

International applicants seeking graduate admission to UWL should also complete these steps, in addition to those outlined above.

Important Application Dates

Fall 2020 applications are being accepted until all seats are filled!

Admission decisions for applications received by March 1 will be communicated by April 1, 2020.

  • ALL application materials must be received by the deadline.
    • Please be aware that it may take a number of weeks to complete a graduate program application.  Specifically, you will want to allow additional time for the receipt of transcripts and recommendations. Please plan accordingly.