bachelor of science in recreation and parks management
be an ambassador for nature appreciation, sports, and physical and social wellbeing
the only program in recreation and parks management offered in maryland, our degree is ideal for anyone who likes the idea of working in diverse recreation settings, most often away from a traditional office setting. prepare for a career as a park ranger, program staff at a resort, campus recreation staff, sports promotion specialist, camp director, or an adventure sports specialist.
emphasizing service learning and hands-on education, you can obtain internships that transition directly into your desired career. many internships are located in the region, but can include locations such as europe, hawaii and most of the western states in the united states.
the program is also available as a minor.
choose your path
this program offers several options for completing your recreation and parks management degree:
- individualize your degree with one of four concentrations:
- community program delivery - provides general programming and activity leadership skills in a recreational setting
- adventure sports - provides skills and leadership abilities to become leaders and managers in outdoor recreation and adventure settings
- hospitality management and tourism - provides practical skills in hospitality operations combined with an understanding of the tourism and travel industry
- sport promotion and communication - provides skills and understanding in the areas of sport management, marketing, and communication
- complete a double major or a minor in a complementary field such as coaching, business or biology
- participate in a program accredited by the council of accreditation of parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions (coaprt), the accreditation agency for the discipline. it is one of only 100 programs in the country that meet the accreditation standards.
- intern in locations such as utah’s state forests, alaska’s adventure sports industry, disney resorts, state parks and local recreation departments.
- network with professionals well before you graduate by attending a professional parks and recreation conference where you will meet others in the field.
- participate in small classes that allow you to get to know your professors well and build strong mentoring relationships.
career outlook for recreation and parks management professionals:
the career opportunities in the recreation and parks management field are diverse. the u.s. bureau of labor statistics anticipates 8 percent growth in this career field through 2028. for more information, visit the u.s. government occupational handbook.
professional opportunities for recreation and parks management majors can be found in these and other venues:
- community program delivery
- local park and recreation departments
- state and national parks
- urban recreation centers
- adventure sports
- camps and outdoor leadership schools
- campus adventure programs
- outdoor adventure businesses
- hospitality management and tourism
- theme parks
- visitor and convention bureaus
- sport promotion and communication
- professional sport organizations
- sport marketing agencies
- college or university athletics departments