Recreation and Sport Management


The Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in the fields of recreation and /or sport management.

Undergraduates in RESM choose one of two tracks. Students who choose Recreation Administration (program of study PDF) may enjoy career opportunities including positions of park and recreation directors for a city, fitness center managers, state and national park managers, and camp administrators or work at YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, or other youth-serving agencies.

Graduates of the READ program should be well-prepared to enter the recreational work force at an entry-level position or pursue graduate studies in such areas as recreation management, sport management or other allied-health professional schools.

Students who pursue Sports Administration (program of study PDF) may pursue careers as sport marketers, sport administrators or other positions in the sport industry. Graduates of the SPAD track should be well prepared to enter the sport industry in entry-level positions or pursue graduate studies in sport management, leadership or administration. 

The curriculum (PDF) for the Master of Education in Recreation and Sport Management focuses on college athletics and is designed to prepare students for administrative positions. Students collaborate with faculty in theory, research and field-based experiences. This shared learning creates a dynamic environment.

Career opportunities for sport management positions are found in university and professional sports including sport marketing, athletic administration and sport facility management.

Opportunities for recreation include public recreation administration, special event development and commercial recreation enterprise.

The candidates in the Ph.D. program — Doctor of Philosophy in Health, Sport and Exercise Science,  Recreation and Sport Management concentration —  are most often employed in teaching at the college level.

RESM is part of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.