About This Program


Ariel Rodríguez, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Recreation Management
Program Director of Recreation Management
Department of Sport Management and Recreation
(413) 748-3272

Program Options

Weekday program in Springfield MA
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Online program
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Evening/Hybrid program in Greater Houston, Texas
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Earn a Master of Education or Master of Science in sport management, recreation management, or therapeutic recreation management.

Since 1946, Springfield College has prepared recreation and park professionals for exciting careers that have a positive impact on our society through improved health and wellness, protection of open space, and promoting social equality and human connection to nature. Leadership, management, and programming skills are focused on within the curriculum and internship experiences, so you’ll graduate prepared to make a difference in your field.

Graduates of the recreation management major are employed throughout the world in municipalities, YMCAs, hospitality, tourism, National Park Service, resorts, the adventure trip industry, armed forces, college and university recreation programs, and corporate recreation services.

As an added bonus, graduates of the recreation management major (general recreation management concentration) are eligible to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification exam as early as their final semester on campus.

Now is the time to start your academic program online.

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Weekday Program

Earn your degree in a traditional college setting, with weekday classes and the option to reside on our Springfield College main campus.

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Online Program

Earn a degree fully online in a social and interactive learning environment. This online program includes a concentration in community youth development and leadership.

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Hybrid Program

Earn your degree at one of our regional campuses, with evening, hybrid courses. This degree, with a concentration in community youth development and leadership, is offered at our Greater Houston campus.


Study Therapeutic Recreation

Interested in impacting lives through recreation? Students can enhance their learning with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, through which they’ll learn to use recreation therapy to improve the lives for individuals with physical, emotional, psychiatric, and developmental disabilities.

Individuals play in a Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament, held on the Springfield College campus.

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.

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Recreation Management Accreditation

Our recreation management major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions.

Studying Recreation Management At Springfield College
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American Kinesiology Association Membership

The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.

An advocate for kinesiology at the national and international levels, the American Kinesiology Association supports educational opportunities in the fields of exercise science and sport studies, health education and physical education, and sport management and recreation management.