BS Leisure Service Management

The Leisure Service Management emphasis area prepares students for careers in recreation programming, event planning, and administration in public parks and recreation departments, nonprofit agencies, the tourism industry, faith-based organizations, campus recreation, or the armed forces. The degree attracts students who are creative planners, highly energetic individuals with a passion for providing high-quality, safe, and fulfilling leisure activities for all.

Key Program Features

Understand the professional responsibilities necessary to have a positive impact on individuals, communities, the environment, and the economy

Develop sound management practices rooted in improving the quality of life while being a steward of natural, human, and financial resources

Practice leadership skills through an understanding of constituents, marketing, and legal issues

Program Details

UMO offers a hands-on active curriculum that brings knowledge of the textbook into action. It is appreciated by the visual learner. Students learn what it takes to offer high-quality recreation programs and facilities. Two unique hands-on courses are required: field training in the second year and the internship the semester prior to graduation.

Leisure Service managers are responsible for indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, including parks, trails, playgrounds, athletic complexes, gymnasiums, and aquatic facilities. In addition, managers oversee staffing, budgeting, marketing, and programming for the leisure needs of their constituents. Knowledge of risk management, operations, fundraising, and maintenance is necessary and intrinsic to the degree program.

UMO Recreation and Leisure studies students have the possibility to earn two separate scholarships during their tenure with the university. The RLS department recognizes annually The Most Outstanding Senior and The Most Promising Underclassman. These students are awarded a $500 scholarship to be used towards tuition expenses. Opportunities also exist for students to obtain scholarships and recognition through the state and national recreational therapy professional associations.

More Information

Traditional Undergraduate Degree Sheets
  • Park and Recreation Director, Assistant Director
  • Parks Ranger, Superintendent or Supervisor
  • Recreation Superintendent, Supervisor or Leader
  • Wedding Planner
  • Social Director
  • Private Club Manager, Golf Pro, Tennis Pro
  • Meeting, Convention or Event Planner
  • Community Center Director
  • Athletic Superintendent, Supervisor or Director
  • Special Events Supervisor
  • Senior Center Supervisor
  • Aquatics Superintendent
  • Parks Maintenance Supervisor, Manager or Foreman
  • Pool Manager
  • Residential Camp Director
  • Nonprofit Manager or Facility Director