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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Kent, OH, United States
The Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management from the Kent State University provides students with an academic foundation and field experiences in preparation for the recreation, park and tourism professions
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The program comprises three concentrations:

  • The Park Management concentration focuses on providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and protecting the natural, cultural and historic resources on which those opportunities depend.
  • The Recreation Management concentration focuses on recreation and leisure services in public, commercial, campus, community and outdoor settings.
  • The Tourism Management concentration focuses on services and entrepreneurship in tourism industries and sustainable destination development.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this Recreation, Park and Tourism Management program from the Kent State University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the profession.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreation services for targeted human experiences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate recreation services that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully collaborate with others in varied work environments.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of operations and strategic management and administration in parks, recreation and tourism.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the techniques and processes used by professionals in the parks, recreation and tourism industries.
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism or related organizations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply evidence-based decision making, including determining information/data needs, locating and evaluating existing data sources, data gathering techniques, analysis and interpretation.


Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Biological Diversity
  • General Ecology
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantwriting
  • Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Environmental Education and Conservation
  • Forestry 
  • Local Flora 
  • Invertebrate Zoology 
  • Entomology 
  • Ornithology 
  • Ichthyology 
  • Wetland Ecology and Management 
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Tropical Field Biology and Conservation 
  • Wildlife Resources 
  • Vertebrate Zoology 
  • Geography of Ohio 
  • Conservation of Natural Resources 
  • Resource Geography 
  • Advanced Geographic Information Science 
  • Earth Materials 
  • Geomorphology 
  • Geology of the National Parks 

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.

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

  • The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent 
  • Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20463 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20463 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20463 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20463 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11587 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11587 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kent

  • 1036 - 1710 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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