Fitness and Recreation Management

100%

Student Satisfaction

100% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

$31k

Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $31,440.

95%

Job Placement

Within six months of graduation.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 101094

Credits: 64

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,889.60
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$1,322.40
Other Costs
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$0.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
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 andRecreation 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​gram Details

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

  • Madison - Truax

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Admission

To Apply

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. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
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.
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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201720182019
    Number of Program Graduates9189
    Number of Surveys Sent9189
    Number of Surveys Returned8168
    Percent of Surveys Returned88.90%88.90%88.90%
    Available for Employment8168
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market000
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    201720182019
    Graduates Employed7158
    Percent of Graduates Employed87.50%93.80%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation7105
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%66.70%62.50%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation052
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%33.30%25.00%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%12.50%
    Seeking Employment110
    Percent Seeking Employment12.50%6.30%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201720182019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.43.63.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses7168
    Very Satisfied (4)394
    Percent Very Satisfied42.90%56.30%50.00%
    Satisfied (3)474
    Percent Satisfied57.10%43.80%50.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201720182019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses8168
    Preparation for Getting a Job283
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job25.00%50.00%37.50%
    Career Change221
    Percent Career Change25.00%12.50%12.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills212
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills25.00%6.30%25.00%
    Preparation for Further Education241
    Percent Preparation for Further Education25.00%25.00%12.50%
    Personal Interest011
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%6.30%12.50%
    Other000
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201720182019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses7157
    Before Enrollment230
    Percent Before Enrollment28.60%20.00%0.00%
    While Attending the College343
    Percent While Attending the College42.90%26.70%42.90%
    After Training at the College284
    Percent After Training at the College28.60%53.30%57.10%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201720182019
    Number of Employment Location Responses7158
    In College District7108
    Percent In College District100.00%66.70%100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District010
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%6.70%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin020
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%13.30%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown020
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%13.30%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count553
    Average Monthly Wage$2,294 $2,812 $2,620
    Average Hourly Wage$13.34 $16.35 $15.23
    Average Work Hours per Week454440
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count132
    Average Hourly Wage$12.00 $11.14 $12.00
    Average Work Hours per Week2025.38.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Aldo Leopold Center Facilities & Grounds Manager Monona
    Central Wisconsin Center Therapy Assistant
    Madison School & Community Recreation Aquatic Fitness Instructor/WSI/Lifeguard
    Rutabaga Inc Outdoor Programs Coordinator Monona
    Tom Lynch Recreation Helper

    * - 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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Student 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:

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