24 months
19227 CAD/year
4958 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Do you have passion for healthy, active lifestyles, and a desire to shape those interests into a rewarding career? The Recreation and Sport Management Co-op from Vancouver Island University program can help you launch a career in the growing sport, recreation, health and wellness industries. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


In the Recreation and Sport Management Co-op program, your learning will benefit from hands-on exploration under the guidance of instructor who care about your success. Take your learning deeper with paid internships and small classes, where you will work closely with other students and your instructors on meaningful community projects.

Graduates find a wide variety of careers focused on building positivity and confidence around sport and community for people of all ages. Explore the Recreation and Sport Management Program Website (link above) to learn more about careers.

This Recreation and Sport Management from Vancouver Island University is offered as a mandatory Co-operative Education format with four academic semesters and two paid Co-op placements. 

The focus of this diploma program is on the provision of recreation and sport services and products in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors within communities. The program assesses the impact of recreation and sport and the environment in order to plan and develop healthy communities. Features of the program include the provision of applied skills and knowledge, direct leadership experience, a co-operative education model (paid employment), and small class sizes.

Career Opportunities

The administration of recreation and sport services is a challenging career in this increasingly leisure-oriented society. Dynamic and innovative people are needed to plan, organize, and supervise recreation experiences in a variety of settings. Graduates have found employment in the following areas:

  • Agencies, such as the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the YM/YWCA, Sport B.C.
  • Public Recreation and Sport Management, including parks and recreation departments in municipalities and regional districts, community schools, recreation associations, and public recreation and sport facilities.
  • Outdoor Recreation, providing camping, wilderness experiences, risk recreation and sport, and environmental education. Parks involvement is also possible.
  • Commercial Enterprises, such as fitness centres, racquetball complexes, and retail outlets.
  • Inclusive Leisure, involving the provision of recreation to those with special needs, such as individuals who are disabled and disadvantaged in institutions or in the community.
  • Tourism, including destination resorts, theme parks, tourist bureaus, and special events and festivals.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Marketing Recreation Experiences
  • Co-operative Education Preparation
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation
  • Risk Management and Legal Liability in Recreation
  • Organizing and Leading Recreation Activities
  • Program Planning 
  • University Writing and Research 
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Business Computer Applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


62 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • Official transcript of grades from high school (and post-secondary institutions where applicable).
Recommendation for Admission
  • History of leadership, active involvement in recreation and sport pursuits, and experience working with people of varying ages and interests.
Notes on Admission 
  • Fieldwork may require a criminal record check prior to placement.
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.
  • All new students must participate in a compulsory orientation held early in the Fall semester.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19227 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19227 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4958 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4958 CAD per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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