Recreation and Parks Management

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Parks Management at FSU offers students the chance to pursue careers in the field of their passions through specialized hands-on experiences under the guidance of faculty.

The program is great preparation for a career 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 a career providing recreation programs in communities or senior living facilities that help young and old be active, creative, and pursue healthy lifestyles.

Students are mentored through the educational process which prepares them to enter a field they are not only qualified for but one that they love.

Concentrations and Minors

Choose from four concentrations to individualize your degree:

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Program Highlights

  • Nationally accredited program that is ideal for students who desire a profession that is different from a traditional office setting.
  • Customizable to your specialty area to match their professional and personal passion.
  • Develops students professional skills through a hands-on developmental process while being mentored by quality faculty.
  • Ideal for people who have worked in camp settings, participated in scouting programs, enjoy outdoor activities and those who want to work with people and make a difference in their lives.
  • 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 Aventure Sports and Sport Promotion and Communication concentrations.
  • Internships within well-known and highly sought after agencies to help transition from an educational setting to the real-world
  • Professional networks with alumni and professionals across the state and nation
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Careers in Recreation and Parks Management

This diverse group of people have many different professional and personal goals ranging including:

  • a park ranger at the national level to county level
  • program staff for a city or county recreation department across the United States
  • a recreation therapist working at the National Abilities Center with Paralympian’s
  • program staff at a destination resort in the sun belt
  • an outdoor recreation specialist for an adventure based company
  • a researcher for the Appalachian Trail Conservatory
  • a sports promotion specialist for a professional sport organization
  • activity staff working within senior living communities




Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT)Participate in a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). It is one of only 100 programs in the country that meet the COAPRT accreditation standards.

Frostburg State University's Recreation and Park Management Program received initial accreditation in 2000. Currently, the program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and Mexico.

The accreditation process is designed to provide students with experiential experiences, hands-on training, active engagement in the community, and an up-to-date curriculum delivered by quality educators. Our Recreation and Parks Management accreditation by COAPRT is valid until the program's next review in 2022.

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Department of Recreation and Parks Management

  • Education and Health Sciences Center
    101 Braddock Road
    Frostburg, MD 21532

Natalia Buta, Chair
Department of Recreation and Parks Management