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Parks and Recreation Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s Parks and Recreation Management Program prepares students to serve as community recreation leaders or administrators, facility managers, camp staff and directors, outdoor activity instructors, adventure travel guides, environmental education naturalists, community health and wellness coordinators, aquatics directors, physical activity instructions and coordinators.
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Key facts:

  • Western Carolina University's Parks and Recreation Management Program prepares students for jobs in the leisure service and tourism industries, as well as with land agencies such as the National Parks and U.S. Forest Service. Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Parks and Recreation Management. 
  • Coursework prepares students to administer, plan, lead and instruct outdoor and recreational programs and study topics from ethics and hazards connected with back-country pursuits to coordinating commercial recreation services. Students perform service work in the region and gain hands-on experience through internships at sites such as the Nantahala Outdoor Center or local recreation departments. In addition, students have an opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications such as Wilderness First Aid for course credit.
  • The WCU Parks and Recreation Management Club hosts social activities, assists with a community canoe slalom, and brings students together for activities from outdoor pursuits to trail maintenance. Students may choose to reside and study together in WCU’s Outdoor Adventure living and learning community, and participate in WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee outdoor program trips.
  • Graduates go on to lead programs for parks and recreation or community organizations, manage facilities such as a college campus recreation center, or work as a camp counselor-director, resort recreation coordinator or instructor at programs such as Outward Bound or skiing or rafting companies. Some work as outdoor guides, conference organizers, park rangers, trail crewmembers or in administrative positions with tourism-related businesses. Still others may work as group exercise instructors, aquatics directors or health-wellness program coordinators.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Parks and Recreation Management curriculum include:

  • Foundations of Parks and Recreation Management
  • Professional Planning in PRM
  • Leadership and Group Dynamics in Recreation
  • Diversity and Inclusion in PRM 
  • Program Planning and Evaluation in PRM
  • Mini-internship
  • Capstone Internship Orientation 
  • Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation
  • Management and Administration of PRM Services 
  • Capstone Internship in PRM
  • Senior Seminar in Parks 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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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