Recreation Management Concentration

bachelor of science

Admissions requirements

Student TEstimonial

  • "My internship really cemented my belief that what I was doing in class was important and could be used not only during my time at WMU, but afterwards. "Alex Gray, sport management alumnus

Program overview

This program is offered in-person.

Western Michigan University's Department of Human Performance and Health Education recreation management concentration prepares students for leadership or administrative roles in public, non-profit, commercial and recreational sport organizations. The electives in this program allow for student flexibility in preparing for employment in any of the different areas in the fields of recreation and sport. Students will complete a supervised practicum and internship experience.

Why recreation management at Western Michigan University?

  • This program enables students to interact with professionals, utilizing service learning and getting class credit while working in the field.
  • 100% of recreation management graduates complete an internship or field experience.
  • The program is designed to met or exceed national standards set fourth by the North American Society for Sport Management accrediting body.
  • Students are encouraged to pursue additional educational opportunities through one of our many excellent study abroad programs.
  • Customize your degree with an optional WMU Signature Designation.

Career opportunities

  • Park director/ranger
  • Professional sports teams
  • Facility/team manager
  • Collegiate athletic director
  • Camp director/staff
  • Interscholastic sports athletic director
  • Sport law/media
  • YMCA staff

Internship and practicum

100% of recreation/sport management students complete an internship or field experience. It is recommended that students complete their internship during their senior year.

internship information  practicum information

Current students

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