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Central Washington University

Recreation Management at Central Washington University

Central Washington University is proud to offer Recreation Management as a specialization within the Sport Management degree plan.  Sport Management at CWU is committed to advancing knowledge and experimental opportunities to allow them to lead the Sports and Recreation industry into the future. 

In addition to regular classwork, CWU Students are given the opportunity to attend professional development sessions, conferences, and annual student travel.

CWU Recreation Alumni find exciting, diverse, and rewarding careers within the many areas of the Recreation Industry with a special emphasis on Community-based recreation and sports management. CWU Alumni are proud to serve the community in such places as:

  • Municipal Parks and Recreation
  • Non-Profit Recreation
  • Youth Development
  • State Parks
  • National Parks
  • Department of Defense
  • University Recreation
  • Professional Athletics
  • Collegiate Athletics
  • Interscholastic Athletics
  • And many more!
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Recreation Management Program

Washington State University

Washington State University is a public land-grant research university that is committed to the principles of practical education for all, scholarly inquiry that benefits society, and the sharing of expertise to positively impact the state and communities. Sport Management prepares the next generation of industry leaders. WSU sport management students build their knowledge, skills, and networks through a variety of practicum and internship experiences. Our students, faculty, and alumni make an impact at WSU, in our community, and around the world.

About the Major...

  • Students complete at least 580 hours with agencies, in multiple fields, by the time they graduate. These students are ready to seamlessly transition into careers in sport and recreation industries.
  • Over 100 Undergraduate Sport Management students each semester develop professional skills and gain practical experience in a Pac-12 athletic department, university recreation center, or community parks and recreation setting.
  • Each year students raise more than $20,000 through the program’s capstone event management course. Students plan and carry out sport-related events to benefit dozens of local and national nonprofit organizations.
  • Our upper-division courses are capped at 30 students. We keep classes small to encourage participation and form relationships with our future graduates.
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Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public comprehensive institution dedicated to serving the people of the state of Washington. Together our students, staff, and faculty are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.

As a community, we uphold certain basic values. These include:

  • Commitment to student success, critical thought, creativity, and sustainability
  • Commitment to equity and justice, and respect for the rights and dignity of others
  • Pursuit of excellence, in an environment characterized by principles of shared governance, academic freedom and effective engagement
  • Integrity, responsibility and accountability in all our work
Recreation Management & Leadership Bachelor's Program

About the Major

Recreation Management and Leadership
majors have a 96% graduation rate and
find employment in the following areas:


  • parks and recreation departments
  • YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc.
  • community development
  • camp programming & administration


  • guiding (climbing, kayaking, etc.)
  • adventure therapy
  • experiential outdoor education
  • state parks management


  • international travel design
  • resort activity management
  • adventure guiding
  • community-based tourism


  • physical rehabilitation hospitals
  • behavioral/mental health programs
  • long-term care facilities
  • adaptive outdoor recreation
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