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Recreation Management degrees abroad

Recreation describes the sports and leisure activities people participate in during their spare time. By studying recreation management programs, you’ll gain the knowledge, professional skills, and experience needed to get a headstart in the industry.

You’ll learn how to effectively manage recreation activities and facilities by studying the theories and principles of governance and organization. You’ll also consider the cultural, economic, and psychological value of recreational pursuits to individuals and communities.

Recreation and leisure management is a booming global business. Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to see how recreational trends, provisions, and policies differ within and between countries. You’ll also acquire the leadership and commercial skills vital for operating in an international context.

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Recreation Management program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in recreation management are studied over a minimum of three years, but some will integrate an additional 12-month placement and last four years. Programs are available as either a BA or a BSc. The overall content of these classifications is very similar, but you’ll probably take more financially-focused courses on a BSc program.

The US is home to the world’s most impressive sports and leisure industry, making it a popular study abroad destination for recreation management students. Most American universities follow the liberal arts model, so your bachelor’s program will require four years of full-time study. You’ll only major in recreation management after first completing two years of general education.

Postgraduate study gives students the chance to extend their expertise and further enhance their employability. Master’s programs last one or to years, depending on whether you study on a full or part-time basis. Research-based PhD programs will add four or five years on top of this.

Your timetable will mainly consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops where you’ll deal with real-world case studies. Some universities will also arrange field trips to leisure facilities and guest presentations from industry experts.

Every university’s recreation management program will include slightly different elective modules for students to choose from. However, most institutions insist students take core courses in these areas:

  • The recreation, leisure, and sport industry
  • Recreation finance and economics
  • Sport and recreation ethics and law
  • Recreation events management
  • Sports and recreation marketing
  • The sociology of recreation and sport
  • The psychology of recreation and sport
  • Contemporary issues in the recreation industry

Recreation Management study abroad programs

Recreation management undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in recreation management

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    Sport and Recreation Management - BHealth Mount Royal University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,744 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,100 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business: Sport and Recreation Management - BSBA Nova Southeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,080 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,080 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Camp and Recreation Management - BA Dallas Baptist University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    38,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,340 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Sport and Recreation Management - BS University of North Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,400 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Human Kinetics: Recreation and Sport Management - BHK (Hons) University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,410 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,334 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in recreation management

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    Kinesiology: Sport and Recreation Management (Diablo Valley College) - ASc Colleges of Contra Costa, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,840 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,840 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Recreation and Leisure Services - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,743 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Recreation Management - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,260 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Recreation & Leisure - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,184 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Sport and Recreation Management - AASc Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,310 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,310 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Diploma in recreation management

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    Fish, Wildlife and Recreation - Dip British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,066 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,786 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Recreation and Leisure Services - Dip Conestoga College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,397 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,104 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Recreation and Leisure Services - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,607 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,393 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Recreation and Leisure Services - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,179 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,803 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Recreation and Leisure Services - OCDip Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,110 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,708 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in recreation management

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    Certificate in Adventure Tourism and Recreation - Cert Vancouver Island University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,776 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community Certificate (SPARC) - Cert University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,961 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,400 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community Certificate (SPARC)

Recreation management graduate programs

Master's in recreation management

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    Applied Science: Parks, Recreation and Tourism (Research) - MAppSc Lincoln University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,500 NZD

    Start date
    June, January
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    Community Resources and Development: Parks and Recreation Management (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - MSc Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,280 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Community Resources and Development (Parks and Recreation Management), MS
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    Human Kinetics and Recreation - MSc Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,161 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,500 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Kinesiology and Recreation Management - MSc University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,491 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - MA University of Alberta, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,410 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Master of Arts (Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation)

Diploma in recreation management

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    Recreation Management - GDip Lincoln University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,100 NZD

    Start date
    June, January
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Future recreation management careers

Recreation management graduates go on to have a range of enjoyable and exciting careers across the sports, leisure, wellness, education, and business industries.

Employers working in health clubs, athletic organizations, schools, national governing bodies, and local authorities are always eager to recruit the next generation of passionate and hard-working recreation management graduates.

You’ll be a frontrunner for any of the following positions:

  • Recreation manager
  • Events coordinator
  • Recreation therapist
  • Sports coach
  • Youth program director
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports development officer
  • Tourism officer

Work experience is an invaluable way to gather industry insight, give your resume a boost, and make potential employers take notice of your application. Get in touch with leisure centers, health clinics, sports clubs, or tourism companies to see if they can offer a placement opportunity suited to your career ambitions.