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Sport and Recreation Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Harrisonburg, VA, United States
The mission of the Sport and Recreation Management program at James Madison University is to develop a community of learners through quality education that integrates theory, practice, and personal growth in the hospitality, sport and recreation industries. 
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The Sport and Recreation Management program is offered by James Madison University is dedicated to the development of future leaders in sport and management professions through a course of study that maximizes the potential of individuals and society. Sport and Recreation Management is committed to providing: An outstanding undergraduate program based on the criteria of relevant professional associations, which will enable graduates to be successful in their professional endeavors. 

A program that builds upon the strong liberal studies background provided through General Education. Opportunities that challenge students to think critically, to use technology and to appreciate the global community. Research and development projects that push back the boundaries of knowledge and promote effective practice in sport and recreation management.

Career opportunities

Graduates with this degree will be employed in professional sport organizations, semi-professional sport organizations, collegiate athletics, sport marketing agencies, sport broadcasting venues, facility management in both sport and recreation, community recreation agencies, commercial recreation agencies, theme parks, military recreation as well as hotels, resorts and other hospitality and entertainment venues.

Careers in sport and recreation management are plentiful. The listing below offers examples of possible career paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.

  • Fitness/Health Club Manager
  • Sportscaster
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Sports Agent
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Event Coordinator
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Sports Information Specialist
  • YMCA Youth Leader
  • Recreation Professional
  • Sports Marketing Specialist
  • Community Center Director
  • Corporate Fitness Leader
  • Director of Stadium Operations
  • Director of Ticket Operations
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • Promotion Director
  • Youth Programs Director
  • Campus Recreation Director
  • Athletic Contract Manager
  • Sports Camp Director

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management 
  • Sociology and Psychology of Sport and Recreation 
  • Practicum in Sport and Recreation
  • Introduction to Sport Media 
  • Programming and Assessment in Sport and Recreation Management
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation Management 
  • Sport Marketing and Sales
  • Facilities and Event Management 
  • Human Resources in Sport and Recreation Management 
  • Sport and Recreation Management Seminar 
  • Internship in Sport and Recreation Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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