What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration offers four emphases of professional preparation: Interpretation; Natural Resource; Recreation Sport Management; Therapeutic Recreation.

This program is designed to prepare students for management careers in private and public recreation agencies or park systems. A broad background in the behavioral and natural sciences is required with major emphasis on resource management and the delivery of leisure services to diverse populations. Specialized course work in biological sciences and business management aid in natural resource decision making. This provides a base for professional courses in planning, design, and operation of park and recreation facilities. A career in recreation sport management, park administration, therapeutic recreation, or interpretation requires a basic understanding of human behavior and the challenges of contemporary society. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the career field, a student is required to choose courses from several related fields, based on professional interest. A comprehensive general education is complemented with a core of professional courses.

The Recreation and Park Administration major provides specialized education that prepares students for supervisory and administrative positions in federal, state, and local recreation and park agencies as well as commercial recreation and tourism organizations. This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Recreation and Park Administration Program is to educate Recreation and Park professionals for self, community and society.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$10,848.00 (8,05,328) per year
USD $5,424 (based on 12 credit hours) – This fees for 2017-2018 academic year and may subject to change
Start date

Expected August 2021


College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Corley Hall 112,

1811 N Boulder Avenue,



72801, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must show completion of secondary education equivalent to 12 years of US high school. English Language Requirements: 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); 5.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System); 500 on the written TOEFL; 173 on the computerized TOEFL; 42 on the PTE (Pearson Test of English); Grade 2A on the EIKEN.

For international students

Students must have completion of secondary education requirements or the equivalency of US high school.

A minimum score of 500 on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 173 on the computerized TOEFL or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL.

A minimum score of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS

An EIKEN score of Grade 2A.

A minimum score of 42 on the PTE (Pearson Test of English).


*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.