Online Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Recreation Management

The online Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Recreation Management program is an integrated degree that includes a core providing the foundation for management of leisure enterprises. The core is enhanced by emphasis areas that direct students toward one of four specializations: tourism, recreation, events or sports.

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Next start date: 08/20/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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According to both the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel and tourism industry is the largest industry and employer in the world. It is also the second largest industry in Arizona and one of the top three industries in most U.S. states as well as many other countries. Along with recreation and other leisure-oriented enterprises, there is significant employment potential for graduates.

Worldwide there has been tremendous growth in the air transportation sector, resorts and hotels, meetings and conventions, special events, sports tourism, state and national park visitation, commercial attractions, business and corporate travel, and the gaming and casino sectors. The tourism and recreation industries are wide-spread with employment opportunities in most communities or regions whether urban or rural. Many communities world-wide utilize tourism and recreation as economic and community development strategies.

The online degree program in Tourism and Recreation Management prepares students for professional positions in a variety of settings in Arizona, nationally and abroad. Selecting one of four emphasis areas: tourism, recreation, events or sports, the curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations. These areas of emphasis allow graduates to contribute to community economic and social development and positively influence quality of life both domestically and abroad.

Students are able to gain professional positions in various travel, tourism, recreation, sports and related fields. Depending on a student's interest, work can be sought in the public, nonprofit, or private/commercial sectors. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as resorts, meeting planning, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators, events, sports enterprises, and commercial recreation businesses.

Featured courses


CRD 350: Tourism, Recreation and Sports Marketing


CRD 401: Managing Leisure Enterprises


CRD 402: Assessment and Evaluation of Community Services


CRD 403: Leadership and Professional Development


PRM 120: Leisure and the Quality of Life (SB)


PRM 203: Program Planning


PRM 210: Leisure Delivery Systems


PRM 310: Volunteer Management


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Recreation Management have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Event Planner


Growth: 10.9 %
Salary: $48,290

Front Desk Manager


Growth: 4.0 %
Salary: $51,800

General Manager (GM)


Growth: 9.1 %
Salary: $100,410

Marketing Associate


Growth: 5.5 %
Salary: $106,130

Marketing Manager


Growth: 10.1 %
Salary: $132,230

Recreation Coordinator


Growth: 8.7 %
Salary: $24,540

Sales Manager


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $121,060

TV Program Director


Growth: 12.2 %
Salary: $71,620

Travel Agent


Growth: -11.7 %
Salary: $36,990

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

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You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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