Bachelor of Science in Adventure Sports Management

Transform lives with the power of outdoor experiences.

Demand is rising for outdoor adventure experts who not only excel in adventure sports, but are also proven leaders and managers. This collaborative Adventure Sports Management program provides an education in

  • adventure skills,
  • outdoor education,
  • leadership theory and practice, and
  • business management concepts.

Networking opportunities, class time adventures and exceptional regional resources deliver hands-on education at a great value. If you are passionate about the outdoors, this program will provide you with everything you need for a successful career in the outdoor adventure sports industry!

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Like all students at FSU, you'll take a broad foundation of general education coursework. In addition, as an Adventure Sport Management major you focus on hands-on, real-world learning opportunities that brings you 400 hours of out-of-the-classroom outdoor experience!

This program offers two options for completing your Adventure Sports Management Degree:

  • Enroll in the bachelor’s degree program at Frostburg, and complete 13 credits of outdoor adventure skills courses with the Adventure Sports Institute of nearby Garrett College as a core component of the program.

OR

  • Earn your 2-year associates degree in Adventure Sports Management from Garrett College and transfer seamlessly into Frostburg’s bachelor’s degree program.

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to coursework, you'll have a variety of ways to build your skill set and resume:

  • Experience the mountains of Western Maryland which provide exceptional outdoor adventure resources from beginner to expert.
    • Within an hour of Frostburg’s campus are numerous whitewater rivers, multiple ski resorts, a variety of rock climbing areas, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and many other outdoor venues.
  • Network with skilled outdoor professionals well before you graduate.
  • Advance your adventure sport skills beginning at introductory level and building to include rescue and instructor training.
  • Develop skills like critical thinking, good communication and self-direction with our student leadership model.
  • Gain a strong emphasis on risk management skills in both field skills and administration.
  • Learn business management skills to become the next adventure sports entrepreneur.

For most students the question is how do I fulfill my dreams in the outdoor industry… Being an entrepreneur or running your own business is the next step in eventually fulfilling those dreams.

Brian Haley, General Manager, High Mountain Sports

Career Outlook

Adventure sports management as a field spans several workforce categories, including recreational worker and business leadership, which creates opportunities for employment in numerous related fields. Trained leaders in outdoor recreation are seeing healthy job growth and demand for professionals in their field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a predicted 9% growth in jobs for recreation workers from 2016-2026 and the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that outdoor recreation provides 7.6 million jobs annually in the U.S. and contributes $887 billion to the economy.

Career Opportunities for Adventure Sports Management Majors:

  • Outdoor Adventure Program Administrator
  • Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • Outdoor Educator/Instructor
  • College or University Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinator
  • Wilderness Therapy Guide and/or Administrator
  • Camp Administrator
  • Outdoor Adventure Business Manager
  • Outdoor Adventure Business Owner
  • K-12 Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
  • Search and Rescue Personnel

 

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Department of Kinesiology and Recreation