You love sports. So make it your career.
Canada has a multi-billion dollar sports industry. To excel in it, you need a solid understanding of recreation and the business smarts to develop and deliver successful products or services.
Whether you dream of working for a major league hockey team, bringing recreational programs to low-income communities, or running your own athletic gear startup, you’re going to need a strong foundation in business.
Waterloo’s one-of-a-kind degree in Recreation and Sport Business gives you just that.
Build your business expertise
Along with courses from our top-ranked Recreation and Leisure Studies department, you'll gain essential skills in marketing, communications, finance, management, and more.
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About the program
Apply via Recreation and Leisure Studies
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Sport Business
#1 in Canada for hospitality & leisure management research
Offered by the Faculty of
Applied Health Sciences
Only Recreation and Sport Business degree in Canada
September to December
REC 100 - The study of Recreation and Leisure
REC 101 - Intro to Recreation and Leisure Services
REC 120 - Program Management and Evaluation
AHS 107 - Sociology of Activity, Health, and Well-being
PSYCH 101 - Introductory Psychology
January to April
After first year
View all the courses required for your degree.
Customize your degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor/minors as part of your degree.
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op positions
- Recreation Therapy Student, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
- Activity Leaders, Shadow Lake Centre
- Program Coordinator, Power Play Centre
- Promotions & Events Coordinator, Sweet Dreams Teashop
- Counsellor, Ontario March of Dimes
- Program and Special Event Assistant, City of Waterloo
- Tournament Operations Intern, Golf Canada
Upon graduation, you'll be well prepared to pursue a career in sport management, to start your own business, or to continue your education with an MBA or other graduate program. Graduates work for major league sports teams, non-profit organizations, community recreation programs, and a variety of businesses.
- Human Resources Coordinator, Diageo Canada Inc.
- Events Assistant, Canada Place Corporation
- Owner, Midas Event Supply
- Teacher, Toronto District School Board
- League Manager, Canlan Ice Sports Corp.
- Fundraising Events Coordinator, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
- Sales & Events Manager, Hyatt Corporation
- Coordinator, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
- Recreation Programmer, City of Burlington
Further education in sport management
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, graduates pursuing a master's, PhD, or other professional program commonly study business administration (MBA) or project management.
- Visit the Recreation and Sport Business website