Aurora University

Recreation Administration (MS)

Why study recreation administration at Aurora University?

If you want to pursue a career in parks and recreation administration, this program provides you everything you need. Through practical, hands-on learning, you will gain the administrative skills to direct operations and lead organizations. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of budgeting, strategic planning, marketing and more—skills that are essential to building and sustaining successful parks and recreation programs.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: One year of study, courses offered primarily during weekday morning hours
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Location options: Main campus
  • Tuition: $9,800 per semester (This amount includes textbooks, a laptop, and a field learning trip to Colorado)
Program structure
  • The program begins with a 10-week summer semester that includes four courses.
  • This is followed by four eight-week sessions (taking place within the fall and spring AU semesters).
  • There are two courses per session during the fall semester
  • There is an internship and one course during the spring semester
Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

You will travel to Colorado during the third week of the fall semester. There, you will learn about facilities management while staying at the YMCA of Rockies, one of the nation’s most distinguished parks and recreation programs. One highlight is that you will learn about political and policy issues while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. You will also pursue an internship during the spring semester of the program.

Career opportunities

  • Executive director
  • Recreation director
  • Program director
  • Recreation supervisor
  • Program supervisor

Get hired by the best

  • Community parks and nature centers
  • State parks
  • National parks
  • Resorts
  • Conference centers
  • Camps and residential centers
  • YMCA organizations