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About our Major in Recreation and Parks Management

What is the Recreation and Park 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, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia  permitting students to enroll at the in-state tuition rates rather than out –of-state rates.


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

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Students can choose between:

  • Community Recreation
  • Adventure Sports
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Diverse minors such as psychology, leadership, sustainability studies, and coaching


Tim Iverson a graduate from our program enjoying his work as a park ranger Students on a filed trip with Dr. Buta



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. In turn, COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Accreditation is an assurance of quality in education.  By earning your degree from an accredited program, students can earn a degree that is designed to prepare them for entry into the recreation and parks discipline.As part of the accreditation process, the program has the responsibility to inform the public about the harm of degree mills and accreditation mills. The following statement is important information about degree mills. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school.  Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education.  “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institutionThe 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. It is one of only 100 programs in the country that meet the accreditation standards. Our Recreation and Parks Management accreditation by COAPRT is valid until the program’s next review in 2022.


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