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Recreation Administration, Bachelor

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Charleston, IL, United States
Recreation administration is the process that mobilizes an organization's resources — human and material — to accomplish goals to benefit the leisure time of the community served. Students considering this multidisciplinary Recreation Administration program from Eastern Illinois University will receive a broad-based educational experience.


Why study the Recreation Administration program from Eastern Illinois University

In short, when words like "excellence", "quality", "futuristic", "fairness" and "student-oriented" are mentioned in the context of leisure, we want it to be assumed the reference is to the Recreation Administration program.

Our strong faculty reputation is built on high-quality professors. According to the university's March 2003 external review report, the program’s faculty are “accessible, available, and committed to the students. Students mentioned a ‘family atmosphere’ between themselves and faculty in the unit.” EIU faculty/evaluation reports of Purdue University core items consistently indicate median scores over 4.5 on a scale of five.

Responsibilities of a recreation administrator often include:

  • Budgeting
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Personnel and Facility Management
  • Programming
  • Employee Training
  • Risk Management
  • Marketing

Additionally, public recreation administrators can have involvement with city councils and planning boards, advocating programs related to community recreation as well as open space and facilities.

Organized recreation services carry the stigma of being only fun-and-games operations, concerned chiefly with providing programs of sports, games and hobbies. In reality, administrators are often responsible for much more. They oversee the operations of entire departments and agencies within private, non-profit and public recreation sectors.

As a professional in recreation administration, the driving force of a successful career is focusing on making a difference in the lives of the people, customers and clients you will serve as a leisure service educator. Within this discipline, you will be part of a profession promoting life satisfaction, fitness, health and wellness, psychological well being, quality of life, creativity and cultural heritage. If you like working with people of all ages, promoting healthy lifestyles and possess a burning desire to serve others — a career in recreation administration is for you.

Our students develop appropriate professional capabilities and attitudes required for work in a variety of settings. They learn to advise customers as well as organize, plan, budget and manage both leisure services and recreation/park resources. Another emerging characterizing of our graduates is the ability to use technology to enhance the provision of leisure services.

Field work is offered to our students in various recreation and resource settings, and students serve full-time internships with public recreation agencies, private/commercial recreation businesses, hotels/resorts, therapeutic programs or parks/natural resource-related agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Discovering Opportunities in Recreation
  • Leadership in Recreation 
  • Introduction to Recreation Services 
  • Recreation Services for People with Disabilities
  • Programming for Leisure Agencies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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

  • Application for Admission
  • Official records (transcripts or mark sheets) beginning with secondary school. Transcripts must bear the seal and signature of the appropriate school official, and be accompanied by an official English translation if necessary. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Official TOEFL, IELTS, STEP EIKEN, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • A completed International Student Financial Affidavit Form, documenting sufficient funding for the intended program of study
  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University

Tuition Fee

  • International

    378 USD/credit
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  • National

    302 USD/credit
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Living costs for Charleston

  • 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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