About This Program


Ariel Rodríguez, PhD
Associate Professor of Recreation Industries and Therapeutic Recreation
Program Director of Recreation Industries and Therapeutic Recreation
Department of Sport Management and Recreation
(413) 748-3272

Recreation Management Accreditation

Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). Students in this program are eligible to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification exam as early as their final semester on campus. 

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The Recreation Industries and Therapeutic Recreation major at Springfield College prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed as recreation professionals in a variety of community, wellness, and nonprofit settings. Originally established in 1946, graduates from our program have gone on to be leaders in nonprofit organizations like the YMCA, hospitals and nursing home settings, camps and outdoor recreation businesses, and community recreation agencies.

As part of the Recreation Professional Studies concentration, students would choose between a Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Coordinator track. Despite the concentration chosen, all students learn about agency operations and strategic management along with how to design and facilitate recreation programs, key skills needed for positions in therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation, outdoor recreation, and youth-serving organizations. Our ability to blend our courses with theoretical knowledge and practical experience has enabled us to prepare the next generation of leaders in our industries.

Top Five Reasons to Study Recreation Management

We offer a top-notch recreation management major that will help you head into the field knowledgeable, prepared, and experienced. 

See our top five reasons to study recreation management at Springfield College.

Students participate in the ropes course at East Campus.
Studying Recreation Industries and Therapeutic Recreation at Springfield College