Recreation and Sport Management (B.S.)


The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in recreation and sport management.

The Recreation and Sport Management Program provides the classroom knowledge and clinical experience needed for careers (and professional certification) in recreation management and youth leadership, recreation therapy, and sport management.

The program stresses the development of programming, leadership, and management skills in organizing, planning, and budgeting within professional, nonprofit, collegiate, youth, and public recreation and sport programs. Students in recreation therapy focus their learning and skill development in areas of health care such physical rehabilitation, mental health, and long-term care.

Coursework includes a required foundation and professional core—plus a concentration selected from the following areas:

  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Recreation Management and Youth Leadership
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Sport Management

In addition, all students complete practicum service learning hours prior to an internship.

Experiential education and leadership opportunities are major parts of the program. A few examples include projects with local agencies, off-site practicum experiences (with sport, park and recreation, and recreation therapy agencies), and internships.

The department has its own student organizations, KRS Club. In addition, the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association focuses on students with an interest in the nonprofit sector.

Upon graduation, students qualify for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Examination, the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Examination, or the Certificate in Nonprofit Professional (CNP).

Required Courses


Our graduates serve in professional, nonprofit, collegiate, youth, and public recreation and sport programs.

Graduates specializing in each of the major's four  concentrations enjoy a variety of career opportunities. In many ways it is true that students are limited in employment only by their imagination, creativity, and aggressiveness.

  • Recreation Management and Youth Leadership: Graduates obtain professional positions working with youth and adults in public, private, non-profit, and commercial recreation, leisure and human services organizations.
  • Recreation Therapy: Graduates work primarily in treatment settings as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). CTRS are part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, assessing clients/patients, developing individualized treatment plans, apply a variety of recreation and leisure oriented interventions and helping clients/patients make a successful transition back to their homes and community.
  • Sport Management: Graduates obtain professional positions in public schools, interscholastic associations, collegiate athletics, and professional sports organizations. Careers are available with sports leagues, teams, tours, and administration.

The department supports each student's pursuit of a career by encouraging attendance at conferences and workshops where they have the opportunity to meet practitioners in their chosen field.

In addition:

  • The recreation and sport management major is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association Council on Accreditation.
  • The sport management concentration is approved by the North American Society for Sport Management.
  • The recreation therapy concentration is based on criteria established by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), and is recognized by the NCTRC.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport offers a variety of scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University