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Northwest Missouri State University

B.S. Recreation and Parks Management

The Recreation and Park Management degree program trains the individual to work in local, state or national parks and or work in public or private recreation agencies. Recreation management, programming and leadership are primary focuses of this major.

Four Year Plan

View the suggested four year plan View PDF for Recreation and Park Management

Advanced Standing Requirements

The student must also complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better.

45-240 Foundation of Recreation 3 hours
45-245 Leisure Services and Special Populations 3 hours

Field Experience

Field experience is an opportunity to gain practical experience in specific recreation and park management, therapeutic recreation or corporate recreation and wellness programs. The experience must be supervised by a recreation professional and University supervisor and should include a minimum of 200 hours of hands-on experience over a 10 week period.


An internship is a gradual induction to professional recreation through a progression of experiences. The practical experience should include a minimum of 480 hours of hands-on experience over a 12-16 week period. The experience will be directed and supervised by a recreation professional and a University internship supervisor. Settings for internships may include municipal or community recreation and/or park department, social service agencies, hospitals, fitness facilities, assisted living and others