Parks, Recreation and Sport

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of 2017-18 parks, recreation and sport graduates employed or continuing education within six months of graduation

Parks, recreation and sport is a multibillion dollar industry. The global market is expanding for professionals in the areas of sport business, sport marketing, game day operations, community recreation, park operations and management and tourism development.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of management procedures in this degree, which offers several emphases, including:

  • Sport Management. The economics of sport management drive opportunities in professional sport teams and collegiate athletics, as well as in sporting goods, media, administration and finance.
  • Recreation Administration. Learn to manage parks and recreation systems, sports complexes, golf courses, resorts, recreation centers, aquatic theme parks and pools, and campus recreation facilities.
  • Tourism Development. Grow in careers in tourism enterprises, resorts, economic development agencies and visitor services.
  • Natural Resource Recreation Management. Manage park operations, planning and design, and create outdoor programming

Career Possibilities Include

  • Parks and Recreation Administration
  • Park Ranger
  • Game Day Operations
  • Tourism and Convention Bureaus
  • Athletic Compliance
  • Outdoor Skills Specialist
  • Park Operations
  • Sports/Marketing Communication
  • Ticket/Sales Operations

Internship & Employment

  • TYR Sport, Inc.
  • KC Chiefs
  • YMCA
  • American Conservation Experience
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Baseball Info Solutions
  • Boston Bruins
  • Brentwood Parks & Recreation
  • Columbia Parks & Recreation
  • Event Partners, Inc.
  • Houston Astros
  • River City Rascals
  • Midwest Sports Productions
  • Ballparks of America
  • New Orleans Pelicans

Hands-On Learning

  • Internships. Each parks, recreation and sport student completes a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks in a professional internship prior to graduation. This training allows you to apply academic knowledge to professional practice. Often, this experience is a link to future career opportunities. MU parks, recreation and sport students have completed internships across the globe with a wide variety of local, state and federal agencies; private and nonprofit foundations; resort and conventions sites; professional sports organizations; and private businesses.
  • Undergrad Research. Work side-by-side with parks, recreation and sport faculty to get hands-on experience in areas related to your program. Opportunities exist for on-campus employment as field or lab assistants.

Classes You Might Take

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Signature Experience

Parks, recreation and sport students can explore career opportunities through various industry tour opportunities throughout the year. Exploring farther from home is also encouraged, as the college offers a sport management study abroad program affiliated with the University of Barcelona in Spain.

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Accelerated BS to MS Program

The accelerated BS in parks, recreation and sport to MS in Natural Resources emphasis in parks, recreation and tourism option will allow students to earn a bachelors and masters degree within five years. See for details.


Related Minor

A minor in hospitality management can supplement a parks, recreation and tourism degree. Gain knowledge of customer interaction, business and management from coursework that will be a useful asset for jobs within tourism, sports and parks and recreation industries.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Sport, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Association
  • Rho Phi Lambda
  • Club Managers Association of America

Current Student Q&A

Q&A with Caitlyn Allen, parks, recreation and sport