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Welcome to the MSU Denver Recreation Professions Program!

We believe that recreation is worth studying, as its benefits are endless. Therefore, we provide a four-year undergraduate program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts in one of three areas:

The Recreation Professions program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT).  COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and Mexico.  COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHEA).

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Preparing for Recreation Careers

The Recreation Professions major prepares students with the knowledge and skills for employment in:

  • Military settings
  • Not-for-Profit settings
  • National and State Parks
  • Commercial/Private settings
  • Campus Recreation settings
  • Resort and Hospitality settings
  • Clinical/Long-Term Care settings
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
  • Municipal Parks and Recreation settings
Jobs for Recreation Managers

Majors can apply for a wide variety of jobs!

  • Park Ranger
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Special Event Planner
  • Youth Sports Coordinator
  • Recreation Sports Coordinator
  • Aquatics Supervisor/Specialist
  • Outdoor Leader/Facilitator/Guide
  • Facility Manager and Resort Manager
  • Recreation Director and Camp Director
  • Armed Forces Recreation Administrator
  • Outdoor Recreation Coordinator/Director