Recreation and Sport Management

Welcome to the Recreation and Sport Management program!

Recreation and leisure are essential to having strong communities and a satisfying lifestyle. USF’s Recreation and Sport Management program prepares students for rewarding careers in leisure services through its commitment to serving human needs for meaningful leisure in a variety of settings. Its dedicated faculty trains students for professional leadership roles through innovative instruction, experiential learning and a personalized advising process.


Program Features

  • Personalized advising
  • Experiential curriculum
  • Nationally recognized program
  • Professionally active faculty
  • Engaged alumni network


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Career Paths

A flexible program enables students to pursue individual career interests:

  • Community Recreation & Park Resources
      Recreation Center Manager, Recreation Facility Manager Recreation, Special Events Manager, Church Recreation Director, Aquatics Director, Camp Director, Park Ranger, Outdoor Recreation Manager, Environmental Educator.
  • Recreation Therapy
      Recreation Therapist, Inclusion Specialist, Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Specialist, Special Recreation Supervisor, Adventure Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation Program Director, Behavioral Health Experiential Therapist, Nursing Home Activity Director.
  • Sport Operations Management
      Sports Complex Manager, Athletic Coordinator, Racquet and Fitness Center Manager, Athletic Director, Intramural Sports Coordinator, Campus Recreation Manager, Golf Course Manager

picture of the Council on Accreditation logo that states Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.


Established in 1974, the Recreation and Sport Management department has prepared students to enter the leisure services profession for nearly 40 years. The program was one of the first in the nation to become accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, and has been continuously accredited since 1983.



The program prepares students to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam, a nationally recognized professional credential in public recreation. Additionally, the Therapeutic Recreation concentration prepares students to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exam, the nationally recognized credential of recreation therapy.


Special Opportunities

RSTM professor Sydney Sklar annually offers Outdoor Leadership, a course that features canoeing and backcountry camping in Minnesota. The course is designed to develop leadership competencies and outdoor living skills through an adventure learning experience.