Bachelor of Science in Adventure Sports Management

Learning and thrills go hand-in-hand with outdoor recreation! 

Frostburg State University and Garrett College have teamed up to bring you this innovative bachelor’s degree program that launches you into the world of recreation. Demand is rising for outdoor adventure experts who are not just great at what they do, but are also proven leaders and managers. This collaborative Adventure Sports Management program covers both fields, developing your skills with experiential lessons in scenic Western Maryland while fostering your leadership abilities by putting you at the helm of the class. Enjoy networking opportunities, class time adventures and stellar regional resources, all backed by FSU’s commitment to quality experiential education at a great value. If you have the passion, this program will get you everything else you need for a successful career in outdoor adventure!

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree from Frostburg and get Garrett College’s associate degree in adventure sports as well! This collaborative “2+2” model program gives you two years as a Garrett student and two years as a Frostburg student, adding up to four years of the best both universities can offer!
  • Experience a program founded on hands-on, real-world learning opportunities that brings you 400 hours of out-of-the-classroom adventures.

Adventure Sports Management Highlights 

  • Begin your adventure in the perfect place! Western Maryland is overflowing with unique regional resources, from outdoor amenities like white-water rivers, hiking and biking trails, rocky cliffs, caves, ski slopes, backpacking and camping sites, residential camps and challenge courses to modern facilities like climbing walls, pools and a $400,000 Adventure Equipment Center.
  • Travel around Western Maryland and enjoy experiential lessons galore thanks to a tourism-based economy, which means plenty of opportunities await both before and after graduation!
  • Connect with active professionals in the field well before you graduate. Our colloquium course will put you in touch with business owners and adventure sports leaders every semester for your first two years, giving you valuable networking opportunities.
  • Open up opportunities for advanced job placement with a four-year degree that shows off your great abilities and potential.
  • Develop soft leadership skills like critical thinking, good communication and self-direction with our student leadership model. Third- and fourth-year students get to give back by acting as mentors and facilitators for first- and second-year students, a valuable experience for anyone looking to excel in the adventure sports field.
  • Study something you love! With skills areas that include snow sports, backcountry living, climbing, paddle sports and biking, there’s sure to be something for you. The bachelor’s degree program lets you pick two skills tracks, practically doubling your employability!
  • Branch out with business-oriented recreation classes that make you into the next big adventure sports entrepreneur.

About Our Adventure Sports Management Faculty: 

  • Thrive with passionate, personable faculty from both Garrett College and Frostburg State University.
  • Meet any of over 100 certified adjunct instructors who lead specialty courses in everything from rafting to rescue.

Sample Adventure Sports Management Courses: 

Backcountry Living Skills – An introduction to the basic skills and practices necessary to successfully and safely exist in the backcountry setting. Topics include proper dress, nutrition, backcountry navigation, personal hygiene and shelter systems employing leave no trace (LNT) and low impact techniques.

Field Guiding and Education – Guiding and instructing in the Adventuresports field. Drawing on curricula from national organizations, content will focus on teaching and learning styles, assessment, lesson planning, curriculum design, delivery options and evaluation. Students design a course and facilitate a classroom session.

Professional Preparation in Adventure Sports – Effective job search strategies to prepare students for their mentorship experience and eventual employment. Topics include the positioning approach, interview skills and creating a resume, cover letter and online portfolio. Students use a variety of sources to locate potential opportunities in the adventure sports industry.

Entrepreneurship in Adventure Sports – Principles of starting a new business in adventure sports. Students develop a business plan for their own adventure sports business.

Adventure Sports Management Program Requirements 


Career Outlook for Adventure Sports Leaders 

Trained leaders in outdoor recreation are seeing healthy job growth and demand for professionals in their field. The latest report from the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment shows a growing number of people participating in outdoor adventures (a 7.5% increase from 2000-09) and significantly more time spent in recreation (a 32.5% increase over the same period). Adventure sports management as a field spans several workforce categories, including recreational work and business leadership, which creates opportunities for employment in numerous related fields. To explore some possibilities of a career in adventure sports, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Recreation workers.

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