Recreation Management and Policy Major: Program and Event Management Option B.S.

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Recreation Management and Policy Major: Program and Event Management Option B.S.

What is program and event management?

Whether you see yourself organizing music festivals, running a sports program or leading bicycle tours across Europe, UNH’s program and events management degree will prepare you for a career in this growing area of recreation. You will gain the planning, administrative and leadership skills to work in a diverse array of recreation and event management organizations. You’ll also study key concepts in marketing, leadership and public policy in relation to recreation services.

Why study program and event management at UNH?

Hands-on learning is an important component of the program and event management option at UNH. Along with traditional classroom learning, you’ll study with professionals in the field and participate in a full-time internship. You’ll also have opportunities to conduct research with UNH faculty. You’ll be able to connect with fellow students through the Recreation Society, a student organization promoting education, community service and networking opportunities for recreation management and policy students on campus.

Potential careers 

  • Adventure recreation manager 
  • Executive director for nonprofit organization 
  • Festival and event planner 
  • Recreation center manager 
  • Recreational sport manager 
  • Resort recreation director 
  • State or national park manager 
  • Youth program director


Department of Recreation Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2391

Curriculum & Requirements

This option prepares students for managerial positions in commercial, public, and nonprofit organizations that provide recreation and leisure services. Curriculum design emphasizes the effective and efficient planning, delivery, and evaluation of leisure-based programs, services, and enterprises. Applied experience is a component of most courses, in addition to a required practicum and the 10-16 week full-time internship under professional supervision. Depending upon the RMP electives and the career support emphasis or minor chosen, students may expect to find employment in a broad range of settings. Recent graduates have found employment in the areas of conference and event planning, municipal park and recreation services, recreational sports, commercial and entrepreneurial recreation businesses, youth-serving agencies, resorts, camps, and natural resource management positions in state and federal agencies.

Core Requirements

All majors must complete a core curriculum of seven courses.

RMP 490Recreation and Leisure in Society 14
RMP 501Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities4
RMP 557Program and Event Design4
RMP 563Recreation Management and Policy Practicum2
RMP 654Professional Development and Ethics2
RMP 724Grantsmanship, Evaluation, and Research4
RMP 764Internship10-16

Program and Event Management Option - Course Requirements:

RMP 559Program and Event Marketing4
RMP 661Recreation and Event Leadership4
RMP 663Recreation and Event Management4
RMP 772Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services4
Statistics - select one of the following:4
Statistics in Psychology
Business Statistics
Statistical Discovery for Everyone
RMP Electives - select three of the following: 112
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society
History of Outdoor Pursuits in North America
History of Outdoor Pursuits in North America
Recreational Sport Management
Special Topics (as offered)
New Hampshire Ski Industry Management
Youth Culture and Programs
Festival and Event Planning
Recreation Resource Management
Camp Administration and Leadership
Aging, Advocacy, and Active Learning
Theories and Philosophies of Youth Development
Management and Design of Recreation and Park Facilities
Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
Advanced Topics (as offered)
Minor or Emphasis requirement18-20
Total Credits50-52

Professional Internship

A supervised internship (RMP 764 Internship) is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must register for a 10-16 credit full-time internship that ranges from 10 to 16 weeks and is under the supervision of a qualified professional. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.

Explore Program Details

The mission of the Program and Event Management Option in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy is to provide professional learning and development opportunities for UNH students interested in working with a diverse array of community-based recreation and leisure programs, special events, facilities, and organizations through classroom teaching, lab, field, and service-learning experiences.  Program and Event Management faculty and students seek to improve management and administrative practice in the recreation and leisure services field through research, engaged scholarship, and professional service throughout the country and world, with a special focus on the state of New Hampshire and the New England region.

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