Parks and Recreation Management

The BS in parks and recreation management provides an interdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas, community-based recreation services and special-event management. The parks and recreation field emerged from the youth development, recreation and park movements of the late 19th century. Students learn to integrate the managerial, natural and social sciences, to make informed decisions for recreation service delivery.The curriculum of classroom instruction and field experiences covers:communicationhistoryinclusive servicesmanagementparks and recreation policyplanningprogrammingThe required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experience in the parks and recreation professions. The bachelor's in parks and recreation management prepares students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The National Recreation and Park Association accredits this degree program. There are three areas of emphasis:community recreation services managementnatural resource recreation managementspecial event managementStudents interested in the BS in parks and recreation management may also be interested in the school's therapeutic recreation program. See the school website for details.
Degree Awarded: 
Parks and Recreation Management
School of Community Resources and Development
Additional Program Fee: 
Minimum math requirement: 
MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Second Language Requirement: 

This degree program prepares students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings in Arizona, nationally and abroad. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as:

  • armed forces recreation
  • city park and recreation departments
  • county and state park agencies
  • federal natural resource agencies
  • hospitals and care facilities
  • nonprofit recreation programs
  • private and commercial recreation facilities
  • special event management
  • sport venues
  • youth agencies

In such settings, graduates design, develop and manage services that address the recreational needs of a particular clientele.

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Advertising and Promotions Managers-1.71%$88,590
Coaches and Scouts 24.8%$28,360
Compliance Managers 7.32%$100,890
Fish and Game Wardens 8.28%$48,070
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 29.41%$31,720
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary15.12%$81,930
General and Operations Managers -0.13%$95,440
Green Marketers -1.71%$88,590
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,300
Marketing Managers 12.48%$119,480
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 15.63%$45,810
Park Naturalists11.92%$61,100
Wind Energy Project Managers 7.32%$100,890

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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