Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Sport & Recreation Administration


The Sport and Recreation Administration Programs offer a Bachelor (BASRA) and a Master of Science or M.S. in Sport and Recreation Administration degree.  The undergraduate degree program since 2000 has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT/NRPA).  The Sport and Recreation Administration degrees offered at the University of Mississippi combine traditional classroom education with service-learning interdisciplinary approaches to provide a quality academic setting to learn and prepare for an exciting profession.


Learn more about the B.A.S.R.A. in Sport and Recreation Administration curriculum.


We will offer Mississippi’s foremost service-learning based sport and recreation education focused on matriculating qualified students prepared for certifications leading to careers that improve the health and quality of life for all people and contemporary knowledge of the business and administration of sport and recreation.


The degree programs in Sport and Recreation Administration provide a contemporary experiential education that prepares present and future recreation professionals for careers that improve the health and quality of life for all people.

This mission is achieved by:

  • Maintaining an accredited (National Recreation and Park Association/COPART) undergraduate curriculum.
  • Providing education that prepares students to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals and Certified Park and Recreation Executives.
  • Establishing relationships with public, commercial, and not-for-profit recreation organizations committed to improving the health and quality of life of all people.


The BASRA degree program strives to prepare students to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals and marketable first-line supervisors in a variety of sport, park, recreation, tourism and related fields. Students that graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Sport and Recreation Administration have chosen careers within professional and amateur sport, municipal, outdoor, therapeutic, military, church, youth, older adult, commercial and tourism, and governmental agencies and organizations in Mississippi and throughout the country.

Internships, Independent Research and Event Planning

These opportunities fulfill non-thesis graduate requirements and allow our students experiential opportunities in planning, development, supervision, and leadership of a recreation program. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon
  • Sardis Lake Fishing Rodeo
  • Special Olympics
  • Double Decker Car Show

Continuing Education

Recreation Administration Continuing Education units (RACEs) are an integral part of the University of Mississippi’s Recreation Administration degree program’s vision and mission for preparing young professionals.  Vocational experiences, certifications, membership in professional associations, and attendance at professional conferences and workshops augment and “bring to life” the concepts learned in classes. Students have the opportunity to earn RACEs each semester at Ole Miss and these RACEs accrue to build volunteer work experiences and marketable professional certifications.

Click here for a full listing of RACE opportunities.

2019 MRPA Youth & Adult Free Survey

2019 MRPA Older Adult Survey


For more information about Sport & Recreation Administration, contact our Sport & Recreation faculty.