Frostburg State Online Master’s in Recreation and Parks Management Ranks Second in America as “Best Buy”

Sep 12, 2018 3:00 PM

Frostburg State University’s online Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Management has been ranked second on’s newest “Best Buy” list of the eight most affordable options in the United States. The national affordability ranking is the result of a comprehensive, data-driven review of 18 regionally accredited online schools offering a master’s degree in hospitality management.

“The Frostburg State University Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Management received an excellent ranking in our 2018 Best Buy report. This program represents the future of online learning, providing students with high-quality, real-world content in an affordable program,” said Tony Huffman, president of “Frostburg State’s Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Management ranked second on our Best Buy report. Not only is it affordable but it is designed specifically for lifestyles of working professionals.” calculated the national average in-state cost of a hospitality master’s program at a regionally accredited institution at $24,002. Even for out-of-state students, Frostburg’s program is significantly less expensive. Frostburg’s total in-state program cost was calculated to be $12,870; total out-of-state costs were $16,410.

“Our online Master’s in Recreation and Parks Management is a great value to anyone looking to take the next step in their career, and because it’s online, it’s more widely available to people who can’t take traditional classes on the FSU campus,” said Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Recreation Natalia Buta. “It is definitely a marketable degree that makes our graduates more competitive when they seek management positions.”

Frostburg’s online MS in Recreation and Parks Management offers flexibility for working professionals and is designed in a cohort model where students can capitalize on networking with a consistent group of classmates while progressing through their courses.

Frostburg’s 30-credit hour program is divided into four blocks including foundations, resource management, administration and research. Enrollees can take advantage of a fifth block to take any deficiency or supplemental courses. Two seven-week intensive courses offered online every semester enable students to complete the program in two years.

Over the past decade, has ranked several other Frostburg online programs as Best Buys, including FSU’s AACSB-accredited MBA program; RN to BSN program; Master’s in Nursing; Master’s in Applied Computer Science; and the Master of Education, Special Education concentration.

To view’s ranking of the eight Best Affordable Master’s in Hospitality Management Online, visit

For more information about FSU’s Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Management program, visit is a consumer organization that publishes online college and university rankings along the dimensions of affordability and credibility. The company was founded in 1989 by a psychologist and educator and was created in partnership with America Online and the Electronic University Network.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.