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Sport vs. Recreation Management

Sport Management

  • Teaches current sports business in all aspects, from the content of the material to the form of assignments
  • Focuses on the development of managerial, analytical, and creative skills and abilities
  • Simulates a real business environment in the classroom
  • Stimulates passion and curiosity for sport management, creativity and analysis, personal growth, participation, and enthusiasm in class
  • Balances student and instructor-centered learning
  • Reflects competencies required by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
  • Reflects competencies required by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

Recreation Management

  • Teaches management for governmental, private and non-profit organizations
  • Teaches park, recreation, and sports facility planning/development, as well as recreation program planning and management
  • Explores camp administration and therapeutic recreation
  • Focus on environmental and social justice issues
  • Teaches legal issues and risk management
  • Focus on leadership, recreation and community wellness
  • Provides students with necessary theoretical framework and applied experiences
  • Prepares students for work in the recreation management field or graduate degree program

About Sport Management and Recreation Management


Sport Management Careers

  • Sporting clubs and league manager
  • School and college athletics manager
  • Manager of professional and amateur state and national sporting bodies
  • Venues and facilities manager
  • Event organization manager
  • Sports marketing consultant
  • Player agent organization career
  • Fitness center manager
  • Management in sports commissions, institutes and academies
  • Park, recreation and leisure organizational leader

Recreation Management Careers

  • Event planner/manager
  • National, state or city park and recreation director; park planner; park program director
  • YMCA director
  • Boys and Girls Club program director
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Youth sports directors/managers; youth mentors; youth development specialists
  • Coaches
  • Camp owner/director
  • Scouting directors; adventure programming directors; outward bound program directors
  • Outdoor outfitters
  • Park or historical interpreters
  • Business owners/managers
  • Museum assistant
  • Marketing specialists
  • Environmental specialists

Facts and Figures

  • 100

    Students who find internships within their area of interest
  • 77

    Grads employed in recreation management or in grad school
  • 16-20

    Estimated job growth in recreation management from 2020-2030

Contact Us

Sport and Movement Science

First floor of the O'Keefe Complex, 225 Canal St, Salem, MA 01970
Mailing Address:
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
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