Build your career in the exciting world of recreation, parks and tourism with Eastern Kentucky University’s Top 10 National Program! EKU RPA is also the 8th longest accredited program in the United States; let our experience and expertise help you turn your passion into a career. This EKU major is for students who enjoy hands-on learning, planning events, having fun, and protecting our natural resources while helping others lead healthier lives. RPA…love what YOU do!

Degree Concentrations

Master’s Bachelor’s
Recreation and Park Administration Recreation Management and Event Planning
Recreation Therapy Natural Resource Recreation Management
Recreation Therapy
Tourism and Resort Recreation


Internship Opportunities for Students:

  • The Brook Hospital
  • Acadia and Zion National Parks
  • Key West Naval Air Station
  • YMCA of Central Kentucky
  • Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii

Job Opportunities for Graduates:

Students who earn degrees in Recreation and Park Administration are positioned for a variety of career opportunities in recreation, parks and tourism – the largest industry in the world! Specific employment sectors include Recreation Management; Event Planning; Natural Resource Management; Outdoor and Adventure Recreation; Tourism and Resort Management; Therapeutic Recreation; Campus Recreation; Military Recreation; Camps; Non-Profits like the YMCA, Girl Scouts, 4-H and Boys and Girl’s Clubs; Facility Management and Church Recreation.

  • Recreation, Natural Resource, Tourism and Resort and Facility Management
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Event Planning
  • Outdoor and Adventure, Campus Recreation, Military and Church Recreation
  • Camps
  • Non-Profit organizations

Where are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Telford YMCA Executive Director
  • Recreation Programmer, Richmond Parks and Recreation
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Recreation Therapist, Build Inclusion
  • Recreation Coordinator, Cumberland Falls State Park
  • Recreation Therapist, Cincinnati Recreation Commission

Career Outlook

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Scholarship Opportunities

Students in the RPA program are eligible to apply for the following scholarships:

  • Annual James McChesney Scholarship
  • Kentucky Recreation & Park Society Scholarship

Ready to apply?

EKU Undergraduate Admissions
EKU Graduate School