Sport and Recreation Management Major

The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management in Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management helps students gain the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in the competitive global sport industry. This 124-credit undergraduate degree is your entryway into a career in the $1.5 trillion-a-year field of professional sports. Prepare for careers in athletics, commercial and private sport industry companies, park and public recreation agencies, and more.

Through the Sport and Recreation Management Bachelor of Science program’s experience-focused, innovative curriculum, you’ll view the world of sport in a new way. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the business side of college athletics, professional sports teams and recreational sports. Choose from one of three concentrations to tailor your experience and prepare you for a specific field.

Coursework provides you with one-of-a-kind access to the tools and resources you’ll need to succeed. You’ll study

  • the business and economic theories and trends related to the sport and recreation industries;
  • current issues, as well as professional ethics, rights and responsibilities;
  • essential marketing, promotion and sales principles; and more.

As a Sport and Recreation Management Major, you’ll learn from leading professionals in the field. Courses are taught by faculty at the forefront of sport industry research, and all students complete two internships for real-world experience. The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management has partnerships with local organizations such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, giving you access to a network of industry professionals.


You can focus on Sport and Recreation Management or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Event Leadership/Sport and Recreation

    Learn how to conceptualize, execute and strategize sports and recreational events. Develop marketing plans, and master the budgeting and finance, event creation and orchestration, human resource management, and event-related business and career development that help organizations reach their strategic goals.

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  • Governance and Policy

    Learn how to set goals, establish policies, formulate budgets, and plan and evaluate components of college athletics programs. Acquire an up-to-the-minute global perspective on sports-related issues. Learn how to coordinate resources for effective management in a sports or recreation services operation.

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  • Sport and Recreation Promotion

    Master techniques for marketing the complete sports and recreation experience, from media coverage to audience consumption. Learn to analyze, adapt and strategize to proactively cope with increasing competition, sensitive media situations and emerging information technology.

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Classes & Curriculum

As part of the Sport and Recreation Management Major ​curriculum, students complete two internships, as well as courses within their chosen concentration.

Required courses you will take as part of the Undergraduate Degree in Sport and Recreation Management curriculum include

  • Economics of Sport and Recreation,
  • Marketing Management in Sport and Recreation, and
  • Sport and Society.

Elective courses will depend on your concentration.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management curriculum.

Related Graduate Degrees

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4+1 Accelerated Program

The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management’s 4+1 Accelerated Program affords students the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees within five years. It consists of a minimum of 112-credit hours of undergraduate coursework and a maximum of 12-credit hours of graduate coursework, both to be completed within the first four years.

Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management upon successful completion of their fourth year. In the fifth year, students will complete 24 credits of master’s coursework to complete the graduate degree requirements. At the end of the contiguous fifth year, students will receive a Master of Science in Sport Business.

Learn more about the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management 4+1 Accelerated Program.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $20,616.00 per year
Out-of-state: $37,608.00 per year


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