Recreation and Parks Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Follow your passion into an active and adventurous career with a Recreation and Parks Management degree.

Be an ambassador for nature appreciation, sports, and physical and social well being. FSU’s Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Management is the only degree of its kind offered in the state of Maryland. Our nationally accredited program offers you the chance to pursue your parks and rec interests through specialized hands-on experiences under the guidance of skilled and expert faculty.

You can customize your area of interest into such careers as a park ranger, program staff at a resort, campus recreation staff, sports promotion specialist, camp director or an adventure sports specialist. It is also an excellent pathway to providing recreation programs in communities or senior living facilities that help young and old be active, creative, and pursue healthy lifestyles.

A common market program with Delaware, which allows students to enroll at in-state tuition rates rather than out of state rates. South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia are also eligible for academic common market based on concentration, primarily for our Adventure Sports and Sport Promotion and Communication concentrations.


Recreation and Parks Management Program Highlights

  • Choose from four concentrations to individualize your degree including Community Recreation, Adventure Sports, Hospitality and Tourism, Sport Promotion and Communication and diverse majors as psychology, leadership, sustainability studies and coaching.

  • Graduate from an accredited program by COAPRT with highly qualified and dedicated faculty that facilitate each student’s development through the degree program.

  • Prepare for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional exam.

  • Complete an internship which positions them within an agency of their choice to transition from the educational setting to professional settings.

What can I do with a Recreation and Parks Management degree?


Median pay for Recreation and Parks Management Program Graduates (BLS 2021)

Related Occupations

Adventure Guide

Park Ranger


You will join a diverse group of people who have the skills and passion for many different career options including park ranger at the national or county level, recreation therapist, resort staff member, sports promotion specialist and activity coordinator at a recreation center or senior living community.

What You'll Learn

Our program’s curriculum and faculty will guide you for an exciting and rewarding career in recreation and parks management. Our engaging and expert faculty will help you choose from several concentrations as Community Recreation, Adventure Sports, Hospitality and Tourism, Sports Promotion and Communication and diverse minors as psychology, leadership, sustainability studies and coaching.

Professional opportunities for Recreation and Parks Management Majors can be found in these and other venues:

  • Community Program Delivery
    • Local park and recreation departments
    • State and national parks
    • Urban recreation centers
  • Adventure Sports
    • Camps and outdoor leadership schools
    • Campus adventure programs
    • Outdoor adventure businesses
  • Hospitality Management and Tourism
    • Resorts
    • Theme parks
    • Visitor and convention bureaus
  • Sport Promotion and Communication
    • Professional sport organizations
    • Sport marketing agencies
    • College or university athletics departments

The professors here have been incredible; they’re a support system. They want you to do well. They give you the tools and knowledge to get the job and want to provide you with everything you need — moral support, educational support.

Calli Feudale '17, Recreation & Parks Management

A Frostburg State education: more valuable than ever.

With nationally recognized academic programs, real-world learning experiences, a top-notch support system, and a thriving student life, Frostburg State is a place where you can discover yourself, define your goals, and prepare for your future.

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