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Recreation and Sport Management, B.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, IL, | Online
Imagine going every day to a job you love. Do you have a passion for sports? Does working with kids and families interest you? Do you love being outdoors? If so, a career in the recreation and sport management field may be for you.


Recreation and leisure are essential for strong communities and satisfying lifestyles. USF’s Recreation and Sport Management program prepares students for rewarding careers in a field that provides meaningful leisure in a variety of settings. USF’s dedicated faculty prepares students for professional leadership roles through innovative instruction, experiential learning and a personalized advising process.

The programme

As the only nationally accredited program of its kind in the Chicago suburbs, USF’s Recreation & Sport Management program produces students who are marketable across a range of job settings. Nationally, jobs in the recreation field are expected to grow faster than the average for alloccupations (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). Entry level salaries average at $31,650, while median salaries can range anywhere from $62,740 to $83,790, depending on titles and duties.


The program prepares students to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam, a nationally recognized professional credential in public recreation. Additionally, the Therapeutic Recreation concentration prepares students to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exam, the nationally recognized credential of recreation therapy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure


  • Community Recreation & Park Resources
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Sport Operations Management

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

To apply for admission, submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges previously attended
  • Apply for admission online
  • No application fee
  • A personal Academic Degree Plan (ADP) will be done for you to determine what courses you need to complete the degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Joliet

  • 1100 - 1500 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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