Adventure Sports Management Program


Enroll in a program focused on hands-on, real-world learning opportunities that brings you 400 hours of out-of-the-classroom outdoor experience!

Frostburg State University and Garrett College have teamed up to bring you an innovative bachelor’s degree program that launches you into the world of outdoor adventure sports.

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.

Significant time is dedicated to developing your outdoor skills and leadership ability in a variety of adventure sports in the mountains of Western Maryland, West Virginia, the surrounding region and beyond. Enjoy networking opportunities with skilled outdoor professionals, class time adventure experiences and exceptional regional resources, all backed by FSU’s commitment to quality real-world education at a great value.

If you have a passion for the outdoors, this program will provide you with everything you need for a successful career in the outdoor adventure sports industry!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Choose Your Path

The 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.


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


compassAdventure Sport Management Highlights

  • LOCATION: The mountains of Western Maryland provide exceptional outdoor adventure resources for everyone 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.
  • FACULTY: Engage with full-time faculty with decades of outdoor education, leadership and management experience during both your classroom and field-based courses. In addition, part-time faculty with significant professional experience in specific outdoor skills help to create an unparalleled outdoor program. Program faculty provide a focus on strong emphasis risk management at both the field skills and administrative levels.
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS: Through our partnership with the Adventure Sports Institute of nearby Garrett College, the Adventure Sports Management program offers training in your choice of a variety of outdoor adventure sports. The course progressions begin at an introductory level and build to include rescue and instructor training, all led by industry professionals. The skills course progression options include rock and ice climbing, whitewater kayaking and rafting, challenge course facilitation, skiing, mountain biking, backcountry travel, sea kayaking, and more.
  • OUTDOOR EDUCATION: A focus on outdoor education is incorporated into both the field and classroom-based classes, ranging from educational theory, to the history of outdoor education, to experiential teaching opportunities with outside groups.
  • OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP: Although specific outdoor leadership courses are offered throughout the program, the focus on leadership development doesn’t stop there. All field skills courses, from beginner to instructor development level, are grounded in the theory and practice of competent outdoor leadership.
  • PROGRAM AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: The program goes beyond teaching outdoor skills. Students in the Adventure Sports Management program learn business management theory and apply that knowledge while interacting directly with outdoor programs throughout the industry.
  • IMMERSION SEMESTER: Students participate in an immersion semester near the end of their education at FSU. During the immersion semester, students enroll in only Adventure Sports Management courses and travel extensively. The semester includes traditional class time, as well as significant hands-on experience both in outdoor leadership situations and interacting with outdoor adventure sport related organizations.

VictorySample Adventure Sports Management Courses

Backcountry Living Skills: A course designed to introduce students 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 and low impact techniques.

Expedition Planning in Adventure Sports: Students learn and put into practice the principles of planning and facilitating adventure sports expeditions and experiences.

Adaptive and Inclusive Adventure Sports: Development of knowledge and skills related to providing adventure sport programming to individuals with disabilities. Includes an introduction to disability, program delivery options for specific disabilities, and hands on facilitation experiences.

Risk Management in Adventure Sports: An integrated approach to risk management focusing on negligence, accident process, risk management plans and post-incident management.

Entrepreneurship in Adventure Sports: Principles of starting a new business in adventure sports. Students develop a website and business plan for an adventure sports business of their design.

Careers in Adventure Sports Management

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


Department of Kinesiology & Recreation

  • Cordts PE Center
    101 Braddock Road
    Frostburg, MD 21532

Andrew Hershey
Adventure Sports Management Program Coordinator