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BS Recreation Management - Parks and Outdoor Recreation Concentration

The Recreation Management BS Degree's parks and outdoor recreation concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life.

This career-ready concentration includes course work in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, commercial and environmental education as well as supervised practicum and internship experiences. Graduates are prepared to qualify for application as Certified Park and Recreational Professionals and to take on professional roles in which they plan and implement community recreation and sport programs, services, and events; lead outdoor adventure activities; serve as experiential environmental educators; and manage commercial, natural, and cultural resources and their recreational uses.

Is This Program Certified?

Yes, this concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accreditation is a status granted to academic programs in colleges and universities that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.

What Are Some Benefits of the Mason Program?

In addition to our accreditation status and innovative faculty, Mason’s geographic location in the Northern Virginia metropolitan area provides for a wealth of fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities. We also offer the EDGE, our center for outdoor experiential learning located on our Science and Technology Campus, which students utilize in course work, practicums, and internships.

What Are Some Potential Careers for Program Graduates?

  • national or state park naturalist
  • visitor services supervisor
  • military recreation programmer
  • park ranger
  • public recreation director
  • meeting and special events coordinator
  • camp administrator
  • cruise ship activity specialist
  • intramural recreation and sports director
  • public policy analyst
  • university life director
  • ecotourism guide
  • golf course and sports facility manager
  • corporate fitness and aquatics director
  • community and park planner
  • research and grants specialist
  • commercial recreation manager
  • aquatics director