Parks and Recreation Management, BS
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The BS program in parks and recreation management provides a transdisciplinary 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:

  • communication
  • history
  • inclusive services
  • management
  • parks and recreation policy
  • planning
  • programming

The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experience in the parks and recreation professions. The bachelor's degree program 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.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Science in parks and recreation management also may be interested in the school's therapeutic recreation program:

Program Offered

Parks and Recreation Management, BS

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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WUE eligible program
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Career Outlook

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.

Example Careers

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
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.9%$48,290
Fish and Game Wardens 4.3%$56,410
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary7.8%$87,420
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Green Marketers 5.5%$106,130
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 23.2%$63,230
Park Naturalists6.3%$61,480
Wind Energy Project Managers 8%$105,610

* 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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