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Recreation and Sport Management (BA)

By earning your DePaul recreation and sports management degree online as an adult working professional, you can advance or start your sports management and recreation career. Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Recreation and Sports Management program emphasizes a multidisciplinary understanding of leisure services management and leadership that will prepare you to manage recreation and sports organizations.

As you work toward your degree, you’ll develop your professional portfolio with further study in sports management, fitness, recreation administration and event planning. Courses you’ll take in this online degree program emphasize leadership and talent development, sports psychology, community health, nutrition and motor development.

Sports management and recreation services are some of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world, especially in Chicago—home of the largest municipal parks and recreation organization in the country.

With our online degree program, you’ll take all your courses online, with the exception of a few elective courses that you’ll complete on campus.



  • Organization/Administration of PE, Sport and Fitness
  • Event Planning
  • Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Leisure, Recreation and Health
  • Personal & Community Health
  • Psychology of Sport Behavior
  • Talent Development for Managers
  • Theory and Techniques of Coaching

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Sports director
  • Park supervisor
  • Corporate sports agency director
  • Director of recreation
  • Health and fitness manager
  • Event manager
  • Recreation program director
  • Sports information specialist
  • Sports marketing director

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