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Recreation and Parks Management

Undergraduate Program

Frostburg State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Parks Management.  This program 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.


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Dr. Natalia Buta
Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Recreation 
252 Cordts PE Center 


What is the Recreation and Parks Management Undergraduate program?

  • A nationally accredited program that is ideal for students who desire a profession that is different from a traditional office setting.
  • A program that each student can customize their specialty area to match their professional and personal passion.
  • A program that develops students professional skills through a hands-on developmental process while being mentored by quality faculty.
  • A program that is 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. About academic common market.

Why choose Recreation and Parks Management degree program at Frostburg State University?

  • Students graduate from an accredited program by COAPRT with highly qualified and dedicated faculty that facilitate each students development through the degree program.
  • Students develop strong meaningful relationships with the faculty who mentor them through their educational process.
  • Students complete an internship which positions them within an agency of their choice to transition from the educational setting to professional settings.
  • Students develop a professional network with alumni and professionals across the state and nation.

Who are Recreation and Parks Management students?

They are a diverse group of people who have many different professional and personal goals ranging from working as:

  • 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

Concentrations and Minors

Choose from four concentrations to individualize your degree:

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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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