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Recreation Professions Major


(Photo: RECR-390I Outdoor Ethics and Leadership Through Backpacking Class)

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).

Preparing Students For Recreation Careers

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

  • Municipal Parks and Recreation settings
  • Military settings
  • Commercial/Private settings
  • Clinical/Long-Term Care settings
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
  • Campus Recreation settings
  • National and State Parks
  • Not-for-Profit settings
  • Resort and Hospitality Settings
  • And many more!
Possible Jobs for Recreation Majors

Recreation majors can apply for a wide variety of jobs. Job titles vary for each discipline, but include:

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