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

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Recreation Management plays a major role in promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment.

The mission of the programs within Recreation Management is to prepare graduates 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.

The nationally-accredited concentration in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and advanced education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Students interested in the field can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management (Parks and Outdoor Recreation concentration and Therapeutic Recreation concentration).

Concentration in Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation (TR)

wheelchair basketball playersTherapeutic Recreation graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings. Fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities abound in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington (DC) metropolitan area, and across the United States.

Concentration in Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation (POR)

hiker in the woodsParks and Outdoor Recreation graduates plan and implement community recreation and sport programs, services, and events; lead outdoor adventure activities; teach about the environment using experiential learning techniques; and manage natural and cultural resources and their recreational uses. Fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities abound in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington (DC) metropolitan area.

Minor in Recreation Management (RMGT)

outdoor sceneThe PRLS minor is an excellent complement to a Mason bachelor's degree program or major, and assists students in furthering their education and career goals. Students are required to complete 18 credits in parks, recreation, and leisure studies courses, including a practicum field experience. This minor is available to all Mason students (including those studying Information Technology and Engineering, Health and Human Services, Environmental Science and Policy, Psychology, Management). Check out our Recreation Management Minor requirements.


This career ready concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in leadership and administration, natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings. As a nationally-accredited area of study, our graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in a wide range of professional careers, and to qualify for application as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).


Located on the Science and Technology campus, The EDGE offers opportunities to Recreation Management students for team building and other challenges in PRLS 316 Leadership and Outdoor Education. Students also may be placed with the EDGE for either the required practicum or internship. Applying their expertise in the field, The EDGE staff instruct coursework within the Recreation Management concentration.

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading…” 

— Thomas Jefferson