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
Mason Core Requirements (37 credits)
- Written communication (6)
- Oral communication (3)
- Information technology (3)
- Quantitative reasoning (3) - must take STAT 250: Introductory Statistics I (3 credits) or EDRS 220: Introduction to Applied Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
- Literature (3)
- Arts (3)
- Western civilization (3)
- Social and behavioral science (3) - must take PSYC 100: Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 credits)
- Global understanding (3)
- Natural science (7) - must take BIOL 124: Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits) and one non-lab science
- Synthesis/Capstone (12) - met by PRLS 490: Recreation Management Internship (12 credits), a program requirement
Recreation Management Core (51 credits)
- PRLS 210: Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (3 credits)
- PRLS 241: Practicum (3 credits)
- PRLS 310: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
- PRLS 316: Leadership and Outdoor Education (3 credits)
- PRLS 317: Social Psychology of Play and Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 323: Program Leadership and Evaluation (3 credits)
- PRLS 327: Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 405: Planning and Operation of Recreation Facilities (3 credits)
- PRLS 410: Administration of SRT Organizations I (3 credits)
- SPMT 412: Sport Marketing and Sales (3 credits) or TOUR 412: Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Marketing and Sales (3 credits)
- PRLS 460: Sport and Recreation Law (3 credits)
- PRLS 490: Recreation Management Internship (12 credits)
- SRST 200: History of Sport and Leisure in America (3 credits)
- SRST 450: Research Methods (3 credits)
Electives (14 credits)
Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog including Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness Courses (RECR) that promote health and wellness, ATEP 201 or a minor in Psychology.
Concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation (18 credits)
This explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. Graduates of this career ready program are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete both a supervised practicum and internship in professional settings.
- PRLS 300: People with Nature (3 credits)
- PRLS 302: Park Management and Operations (3 credits)
- TOUR 340: Sustainable Tourism (3 credits)
- PRLS 362: Cultural and Environmental Interpretation (3 credits)
- PRLS 402: Human Behavior in Natural Environments (3 credits)
- PRLS 501: Introduction to Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
Total: 120 credits
- Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
- Regular Decision Deadline: January 15
- Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
- Spring Priority Deadline: October 1
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
$546.50 with MSF*
$1,524.00 with MSF*
|*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF)||$150.25|
|CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
|$25.00 - $250.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$571.50 - $796.50|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$1,549.00 - $1,774.00|
|Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
|$350 | $275 for transfer students|
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