Management of Leisure Services

You will learn about supervision, marketing, event planning, project management and providing the public with opportunities for memorable recreation experiences. Classes are designed to build your professional skills in areas such as managerial communication, negotiation, problem solving, dealing with politics and leading change.

Hands-on learning is central to our work. You will work on meaningful projects for local organizations. Additionally, you may complete your studies with an internship capstone experience or a master’s project or thesis. You’ll hone your newfound skills and gain valuable experience. In short, you’ll be prepared for lifelong growth and career success.

Exceptional Faculty

Our faculty include award-winning teachers, published scholars and experienced practitioners. Whether focusing on the challenges of human resource management, facility design or the evidenced-based benefits of recreation, they keep their courses up to date, reality tested and research based.

Student Life Center

This one-of-a-kind facility, which opened its doors in 2015, serves as a hub of campus recreation because it offers something for everyone – from rock climbing walls to a deluxe swimming pool to 13,000 square feet of exercise space. There even are specialty areas for outdoor pursuits, martial arts, meditation, spinning, yoga and much more. Whether it’s for personal recreation or to gain practical work experience, recreation management students excel here.

Program Highlights

This is one of New York state’s longest-running academic programs in recreation and one of the most respected in the nation. Faculty members are experts who prepare you for a variety of careers and settings. 

Our curriculum combines knowledge of recreation management with practical skills and experiences, preparing you to lead recreation organizations into the future. You soon will discover that our recreation experience is second to none.

Career Potential

Join the ranks of alumni whose distinguished careers have earned our department its national reputation for excellence. Whether you want to be a recreation director, park manager or special events coordinator, our program will prepare you well. Your success is our success.

Contact Us

Chair: Sharon Todd 
Main Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 2213-A 
Phone: 607-753-4941 
Fax: 607-753-5982 
Email: rpls@cortland.edu 

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