Master of Science in Recreation, Parks and Sport Management

Graduate Program

 Best Buy online masters programWelcome to the online graduate program in Recreation, Parks and Sport Management at Frostburg State University! This is a premier program designed for professionals who have some administrative and supervisory experience interested to gain invaluable new skills and content knowledge necessary to become upper level managers in public, non-profit and commercial agencies in the parks, recreation and sport management industry.

Individuals with degrees in allied fields who are currently working in recreation, parks and sport management are strongly encouraged to apply and we know you will find the program professionally and personally fulfilling. rates FSU's 30-credit hour program that can be completed in 2 years as a "Best Buy." The program includes nine credits of core courses, a 15-credit concentration in either Recreation and Parks Management or Sport Management, along with six credits of capstone.

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Program Highlights

  • The program is designed for professionals working in the recreation, parks and sport management industry who want to cultivate and develop their administrative skills.
  • The program is offered totally online with new cohorts starting every fall. Seven-weeks intensive courses are offered online every semester for students to be able to complete the program in 2 years.
  • Online orientation, held on various dates in August, is designed to help orient students regarding the program, provide online training, introduce students to faculty and enjoy some social interaction prior to the beginning of their educational journey.
  • The program utilizes a cohort system where students' progress through courses with a consistent group of classmates, building a professional network in the field among their peers.
  • Take part in engaging online assignments that take you into your community. Share project findings online with others in your cohort from around the country and the world, greatly expanding the breadth and depth of the program content beyond what it would be if you were all working in one location on the same project site.
  • Introduced to distinguished faculty members and seasoned upper level practitioners in the field throughout the required courses.
  • Students have the option of selecting their capstone experience that will best provide professional advancement within their professional careers.
  • rated FSU’s 30-credit hour program as a “Best Buy” for program quality and affordability.

Student Reflections

Eva. M working as a Program Manager at the National Audubon Society
Eva M.

Program Manager, National Audubon Society, Maine

After graduating in December, that very same month I landed a full-time job with National Audubon Society. After job searching for two years unsuccessfully, this degree gave me the competitive edge I needed to land the interview for a dream job. Now I am the Program Manager of Hog Island Audubon Camp.

Jason T. and his family
Jason T.

Outdoor Learning Center Manager, Brigham Young University, Idaho

After looking into many programs, I found that Frostburg was perfect for me. Many of the other programs would have required that I attend classes during the day at specific locations. I would have had to move and interrupt my career. I was able to study and work when it fit into my schedule. The program was online, and although I was across the country (in Oregon at that time), I felt connected to my cohort and professors.



Professional Organizations

International Ecotourism Society Logo
National Recreation and Parks Association
International associaiton for society and natural resources
Maryland recreation and parks association
Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


Department of Recreation and Parks Management

  • Cordts Physical Education Center 251
    101 Braddock Road
    Frostburg, MD 21532

Natalia Buta, Chair
Department of Recreation and Parks Management