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Recreation, Event and Sport Management

Your future in Recreation, Event and Sport Management

Would you like to plan and manage special sporting events, sports leagues or tournaments? Do you want to manage a recreation or fitness center, state park or nature area? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Event and Sport Management at the University of North Texas.

A degree this area prepares you for entry-level positions in all aspects of the sports, special events and recreation services industry. However, to advance into management or to establish your own business, you may need a graduate degree.

Places where you may be employed are:

  • Professional, semipro and collegiate sports organizations
  • Municipal convention and visitor bureaus
  • Community sports associations
  • Special events management
  • Numerous public, nonprofit and private camp organizations
  • Federal, state or municipal park and recreation agencies
  • Fitness facilities
  • Special needs organizations
  • Faith-based organizations

What we offer

The course structure will enable you to apply theoretical knowledge to practice and to step into an exciting and rewarding career. We provide options to study sports management, event management or program management.

Our faculty members bring experience and expertise to the classroom in special events and festival management, sports operations and facility management, diverse populations, community programming, trail use and development, older adults, and management of leisure services. They have been honored by organizations such as the National Recreation and Park Association; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; National Therapeutic Recreation Society and Texas Recreation and Park Society.

To meet others with similar career interests, you can join the Recreation, Leisure and Sport Society student organization. It provides opportunities to volunteer for local, state and national conferences where you can network with other professionals. The society also plans on-campus activities and social events and is a good stepping stone to other professional organizations that can help advance your career.

There are several college-wide, departmental and program scholarships available to help you pursue your education.

The Recreation, Event and Sport Management program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association (22377 Belmont Ridge Road; Ashburn, Va. 20148-4501; telephone 800-626-6772). This designation means the program meets or exceeds high standards of excellence in education.

What to expect

You will take courses that emphasize life development, wellness and communication skills. You also learn how to plan, design, implement and evaluate any type of recreation or sports program. Some of the course work includes:

  • History and philosophy of sports and leisure
  • Leadership and management
  • Planning, managing and operating sport or recreation facilities
  • Recreation program planning and evaluation
  • Risk analysis
  • Special events planning and management
  • Tournament and league operations

During your senior year, you will be required to complete a 12-credit-hour internship. Our internship advisor will help you choose an internship aligned with your career goals. This particular service is in addition to those provided by the university.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.