School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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Recreation Management

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101094


The 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 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 or Aurora University toward their Recreation Management degree.

Pro‚Äčgram Details

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

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester

Second Semester


Emphasis Area Course (see below)

3 credits

Third Semester (Summer)

Fourth Semester


Emphasis Area Course (see below)

3 credits

Fifth Semester

3 credits


Emphasis Area Course (see below)

3 credits

Activity/Fitness Emphasis

If choosing to take Body Structure and Function, students must also complete Anatomy & Physiology for Exercises Lab:

Outdoor Education Emphasis

Choose from one of the following two courses:


After completing the 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.

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College 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


Related Programs

Disney College Program

Earn a semester of credit by living, working and learning at Walt Disney World with Mickey Mouse and his friends. Students can register for and receive up to 12 Madison College credits while participating in the Disney College Program.