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Fitness and Recreation Management
Program Number: 101094
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
64 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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  • Program Overview

    The Fitness and Recreation Management associate degree program at Madison College will develop your skills, as they apply to the recreation industry, in:

    • Leadership
    • Problem-solving
    • Communication
    • Human relations
    • Team building
    • Management 

    You will also receive management training for efficient and effective marketing, programming, budgeting, and finance knowledge. The design of Madison College's Fitness and Recreation Management program will allow you to work within public municipal recreation departments, nonprofit organizations, or commercial industries.

    You may choose an Activity/Fitness emphasis that focuses on improving quality of life, or you can choose the Outdoor Education emphasis that focuses on growth through adversity. 

    You can also transfer credits to UW-La Crosse, Carroll University, George Williams College of Aurora University toward their Recreation Management degree.

    Program Details

    Fitness and Recreation Management classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

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    Careers

    Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Fitness and Recreation Management graduates top candidates. Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of recreation management, including:

    • Recreation Programmer
    • Sports Coordinator
    • Aquatics Supervisor
    • Activity Director
    • Fitness/Health Club Specialist
    • Personal Trainer
    • Adaptive/Therapeutic Assistant
    • Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
    • Parks/Golf Course Assistant
    • Seasonal Camp Program Director
    • School-Based Outdoor Program Director
    • Outdoor Activity Instructor
    • Challenge Course Facilitator
    • Outdoor-Based Entrepreneur

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Parks, Recreation or Camp Director
    • Park Ranger
    • Exercise Physiologist
    • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
    • Challenge Course Director
    • Director of Wilderness-Based Program

    Disney College Program

    Students can register and receive up to 6 credits for participating in the Disney College Program. If a student needs to have full-time status, they can also take additional online classes through Madison College.

    The 6 credits consist of the following online classes:

    • 10-109-144 Disney College Internship: This course provides credit for work experience for students selected to participate in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World in Florida.
    • 10-109-146 Disney College Seminar: This course provides credit for the workshops and seminars required for the Disney College Program participants.
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Third Semester (Summer)
    Fourth Semester
    Fifth Semester
    Emphasis Program Courses
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2021

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
    Students who complete the Recreation Management program will be credited for all work completed. Transfer credit may also be granted for general education credit pending evaluation of coursework. Only courses passed with a grade of a "C" or better will be considered for transfer. Students may transfer a total of 64 credits. Students interested in this transfer opportunity should work with their Recreation Management program advisor.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
    Students must complete the 48 credits of general education requirements required by UW LaCrosse. Students should work closely with their Madison College program advisor to ensure the correct transfer courses are taken. Transfer courses must be completed with a "C" or better.
    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    Students who complete the recreation management program can transfer up to 62 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

    Non-Wisconsin Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Fitness and Recreation Management program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Relate foundations of play, recreation and leisure to stages of the human lifespan.
    • Facilitate recreational activities to meet the needs of a variety of populations.
    • Adhere to safety rules and regulations governing parks, recreation and fitness.
    • Integrate leadership techniques to enhance recreational experiences for individuals and groups.
    • Align recreational procedures to management, marketing and finance goals.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 18 9 10
      Number of Surveys Sent 18 9 10
      Number of Surveys Returned 16 8 7
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 16 8 6
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 100.0% 85.7%
      Not in Labor Market 0 0 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.0% 0.0% 14.3%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 15 8 6
      Percent of Graduates Employed 93.8% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 10 5 3
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.7% 62.5% 50.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 2 3
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.3% 25.0% 50.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 1 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 12.5% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 1 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 6.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 8 7
      Very Satisfied (4) 9 4 5
      Percent Very Satisfied 56.3% 50.0% 71.4%
      Satisfied (3) 7 4 2
      Percent Satisfied 43.8% 50.0% 28.6%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 8 7
      Preparation for Getting a Job 8 3 4
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 50.0% 37.5% 57.1%
      Career Change 2 1 1
      Percent Career Change 12.5% 12.5% 14.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 2 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 6.3% 25.0% 14.3%
      Preparation for Further Education 4 1 1
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 25.0% 12.5% 14.3%
      Personal Interest 1 1 0
      Percent Personal Interest 6.3% 12.5% 0.0%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 7 6
      Before Enrollment 3 0 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 20.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      While Attending the College 4 3 3
      Percent While Attending the College 26.7% 42.9% 50.0%
      After Training at the College 8 4 3
      Percent After Training at the College 53.3% 57.1% 50.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 15 8 6
      In College District 10 8 6
      Percent In College District 66.7% 100.0% 100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 6.7% 0.0% 0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 2 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 13.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 13.3% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 3 2
      Average Monthly Wage $2,812 $2,620 $2,408
      Average Hourly Wage $16.35 $15.23 $14.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 44.0 40.0 41.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 2 1
      Average Hourly Wage $11.14 $12.00 $15.50
      Average Work Hours per Week 25.3 8.5 20.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      City of Sun Prairie Recreation Program Specialist Sun Prairie
      Dane County Parks LTE Park Ranger
      Lark at Kohl Apartments Experience Team Member

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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