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

Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Recreation Administration Concentration

This bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program is designed for students interested in fast-tracking their career in recreation administration.

Recreation administrators impact and enrich peoples’ lives. The recreation administration concentration develops and enhances the skills needed to provide meaningful experiences through recreation and sport programs and events, outdoor adventure activities, interactions with the natural environment, and commercial recreation attractions.

Students explore multiple 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.

More about the Program

The Recreation Administration BAM meets the growing need for professionals and academics and equips students with skills to manage a diverse array of recreational experiences. An integral part of the Recreation Administration curriculum includes opportunities for field experiences in indoor and outdoor settings in the Northern Virginia region, the greater D.C. metro area, and throughout the world. Students put their skills and knowledge to use in one of three capstone experiences designed to meet their career goals: (1) internship, (2) applied research project, or (3) traditional research master’s thesis. Qualified Mason undergraduates can obtain both a bachelor's degree in any area and an MS in Recreation Management within an accelerated timeframe while paying undergraduate tuition rates for graduate classes taken while finishing the bachelor’s degree. George Mason University’s Recreation Administration program serves one of the nation’s most diverse student populations.

Careers in Recreation Administration

• Recreation Center Director
• Theme Park and Attractions Operations
• Fitness Center Director
• Campus Recreation Coordinator
• Event Developer
• Outdoor Adventure Manager
• Park Director
• Natural Resources Manager
• Community Activity Programmer
• Resort Recreation Administrator
• Facility Manager
• Park Ranger (State or National)