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School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT)

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT)

Our BS in Recreation Management (Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation) is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

BS in Recreation Management (Parks and Outdoor Recreation; Therapeutic Recreation)

The nationally-accredited BS in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and graduate education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students interested in the field can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management (Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation). Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Our graduates are prepared to make a real difference - informing policy, promoting economic development, advocating stewardship of natural resources, encouraging inclusive community service and lifelong recreation participation, and working to enhance the quality of life of all individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels.

COAPRT Standard 2.05:05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the recent academic year (2022-2023) follow:

Graduation Rate

  • 100% 6-year graduation rate

Competencies

  • 7.01: Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry level knowledge: a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.

Students graduating from the BS in Recreation Management shall demonstrate an ability to develop and articulate their personal philosophy of leisure and a broad awareness of the profession and associated industries.

Students are required to complete an Activity Participation and Economic Log, entailing the monitoring and analysis of personal recreation and leisure activities and their expenses. Additionally, they are required to write a paper (with citations) documenting their personal philosophy of leisure, perspectives on participation and spending, and the relationship of these findings to the development of the profession and associated industries.

In academic year 2022-2023, 92% of the Recreation Management students earned at least a "3-Competent" or better on each 7.01-aligned rubric indicator.


  • 7.02: Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

Students graduating from the Recreation Management BS shall complete and present (orally and in writing) a Program Plan that can be implemented and evaluated in future courses (including the internship).

Students are required to develop the Program Plan comprising mission; program description; goals and objectives; operational criteria (e.g., accommodations; equipment/supplies; promotional website; staffing, venue, and activity plans); and evaluation tools to demonstrate the ability to design and implement services.

In academic year 2022-2023, 100% of the Recreation Management students earned a "4-Outstanding" on each 7.02-aligned rubric indicator.


  • 7.03: Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/ administration in parks, recreation, tourism, and/or related professions.

Students graduating from the Recreation Management program shall complete and present (orally) a program presentation that demonstrates the following learner outcomes:

  • Discuss management practices and principles developed and successfully used in business, industry and public agencies.
  • Identify problems affecting the management and operation of organizations and the delivery of sport, recreation and tourism services.
  • Discuss the principles of organizing, allocating and managing organizational resources in order to provide equitable delivery of sport, recreation and tourism services.

Students in RMGT 410, Administration of SRT Organizations I, are required to develop a project presentation incorporating recent research about the type of organization selected for the semester-long project. This presentation references the content of four course assignments in which students describe a select organization’s purpose, mission, history, and services; develop an organizational plan including goals, actions, a vision, and a plan for overcoming anticipated challenges; and create a plan for staffing the organization, including interpreting and describing its organizational chart and structure, writing a job description, and designing a series of interview questions.

75% of students are expected to earn at least “Competent” on the “Content Areas” and “Evidence of Research” rubric indicators.

In academic year 2022-2023, more than 90% of the Recreation Management students earned at least "3-Competent" on each "Content Areas" 7.03-aligned rubric indicator, and 95% of the students earned at least “3-Competent” on the “Evidence of Research” 7.03-aligned rubric indicator.


  • 7.04: Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations.

In their final year, students complete their capstone internship (including all required course meetings, a Special Project, portfolio, and synthesis presentation). All students are required to give a final presentation to a panel of faculty and students providing an overview of the internship agency, services, personnel, supervision; their specific internship responsibilities; challenges faced during their internship; their special project; and what they have learned from the internship experience (specifically, how their past experiences and coursework have enhanced their internship and all aspects of their work, and how the internship will, in turn, influence their future career directions).

In academic year 2022-2023, 100% of the Recreation Management students earned a "3-competent" on each 7.04-aligned rubric indicator.


CHEA requires accredited institutions to inform the public about "degree and accreditation mills." Cautions concerning these are summarized on the CHEA website.

Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. "Accreditation" from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution or program. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential.

Program Annual COAPRT Reports

To view Mason’s full, most recent, annual report submissions to COAPRT, please visit the following websites: