Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Sport & Recreation Administration


When you think of all the sporting events and recreational programs you’ve enjoyed with friends and family over the years, you may not realize there was a team of professionals behind the scenes that made those memories possible. Sport and recreation professionals specialize in understanding all of the intricate details that go into making professional, college, and community sports and recreation possible—legal issues, facilities planning, operations management, the business of sports, sports marketing communications, sports economics and finance, and programming, just to name a few. Our graduates are those memory makers.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sport and Recreation Administration degree program  has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT/NRPA) since since 2000.  The program combines 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, including course descriptions.


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.


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.


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