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Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services

at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Program Details

  • Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Credits: 120
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified
  • Emphases:
  • Resource Management, Credits: 53
  • Leisure Planning & Management, Credits: 53
  • Therapeutic Recreation, Credits: 53

About this Program

This program prepares a graduate to become a professional leader, supervisor and/or administrator within the private for profit, private non-profit, and the public sector of the recreation and leisure services field. The program includes preparation for youth programs, community education, municipal and leisure service programs; a broad variety of therapeutic recreation settings including hospitals, long-term care, advocacy organizations, consultant services; a wide variety of commercial recreation and tourism settings, nature and historical interpretation; private and public park systems including park ranger, research, educational outreach, planning marketing, park operations; and military recreation. The Department offers a professional core that is accredited by the NRPA/AALR with 3 career emphasis areas: Leisure Planning and Management, Therapeutic Recreation, and Resource Management.

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato 56002

Labor Market Information

  • Recreation Workers

  • Median wage: $11.79/hour-Well below the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Administrative Service Managers

  • Median wage: $39.01/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Chief Executives

  • Median wage: $80.66/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • General and Operations Managers

  • Median wage: $42.44/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato
122 Taylor Center Mankato, MN 56001 Toll-Free: (800) 722-0544 Local: (507) 389-1822 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email: admissions@mnsu.edu