48 months
376 USD/credit 11280 USD/year
376 USD/credit 11280 USD/year
259 USD/credit 7770 USD/year
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The curriculum in Sport and Recreation Management program at South Dakota State University is designed to prepare students for professional positions in sport, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation programming and administration. 

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Students interested in sport and recreation management can find a variety of career opportunities including community recreation, federal, state and municipal governmental agencies, private outdoor and tourism enterprises as well as intercollegiate athletic departments and minor and major league sport teams. 

Students interested in municipal and county recreation agencies, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college/professional sports, fitness/facility management organizations, and therapeutic recreation in clinical as well as community settings, can focus their interests using additional recreation, marketing, accounting, economics, social media, management, entrepreneur, and leadership elective courses. 

This Sport and Recreation Management program at South Dakota State University   is based on interdisciplinary approach providing a broad, comprehensive background for leadership and administrative roles in sport and recreation industries.  

It also provides students a foundation for advanced academic pursuits of a graduate degree in sport or recreation administration or related degree programs. 

Career Opportunities

  • Recreation & activities director
  • Park manager
  • Sport/Recreation facility management
  • Sport event management
  • College athletic department or campus recreation (graduate school required)

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Principles of Accounting
    • Legal Environment of Business 
    • Technical Communication 
    • Business Finance 
    • Lifespan Development 
    • Events and Facilities Administration 
    • Human Resource Management 
    • Management Information Systems 

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 48 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    120 SCH


    On Campus, Blended, Online

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    For admission to SDSU, we look for one of the following academic achievements:

    • An ACT composite score or ACT superscore of 18 or SAT Math and Reading/Writing subscore total of 970 or
    • Level 3 or higher on Math and English Language Arts Smarter Balance Assessment or
    • A high school cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher or
    • A ranking in the top 60 percent of graduating class.

    Students should also complete the following core courses with a “C” average or above:

    • 4 years of English (or ACT English subscore of 18 or above).
    • 3 years of advanced math—Algebra I and higher (or ACT math subscore of 20).
    • 3 years of laboratory science (or ACT science reasoning subscore of 17).
    • 3 years of social science (or ACT reading subscore of 17).
    • 1 year of fine arts (or AP Fine Arts score of 3 or above) Includes vocal, instrumental and studio arts.

    Tuition Fee

    To alway see correct tuition fees
    • International

      11280 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 376 USD per credit during 48 months.
    • National

      11280 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 376 USD per credit during 48 months.
    • In-State

      7770 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 259 USD per credit during 48 months.

    Online path: 355 USD per credit

    Living costs for Brookings

    1085 - 1888 USD /month
    Living costs

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


    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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