Recreation and Sport Business

You love sports. So make it your career.

Students in the Recreation and Sport Business program at the University of Waterloo.

In an upper-year advanced seminar, students visited Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) LaunchPad in Toronto.

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, developing a sports marketing program to attract new audiences, or running your own athletic gear startup, you’re going to need a strong foundation in business.

Get a head start on your career with Recreation and Sport Business (sometimes known as a sports management degree at other universities), which provides nearly two years of paid co-op work experience before you graduate.

Program highlights

  • Build your business expertise. Along with courses from our top-ranked Recreation and Leisure Studies department, you'll gain valuable skills in marketing, communications, finance, management, and more.
  • Real-world experience. From industry case studies and projects to practicums and experiential learning, you’ll learn from experts in the field.

Hands-on experience through paid co-op terms

Jon spent a co-op work term developing marketing, communications, operations, and event planning skills with the Ontario Volleyball Association.

What will you learn?

First-year courses

You'll have a mix of electives from different subjects along with gaining the foundations for your upper-year classes. After first year, about half of the classes you’ll take will be Recreation courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Recreation and Sport Business degree.

Customize your degree

Add areas of expertise to your degree by pursuing areas of focus, like Event Management within the program or by choosing a double major or joint honours.

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices include Event Management, Communication Studies, and Human Resource Management.


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Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.


megaphone icon"Every university experience is different, but if you want to make the most out of your time here at Waterloo, make sure that you get involved! There are so many things that you can do on campus that can make your experience here so great!"Lauren, second-year Recreation and Sport Business student
megaphone icon"Going into the community and getting to experience and see first-hand the impact recreation and leisure has on people’s lives is incredible. On campus, it's comforting to have approachable professors who are always willing to help students."Sarah, fourth-year Recreation and Sport Business student

Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS). You'll apply to RLS for the Recreation and Sport Business major.

How to apply

Apply to Recreation and Leisure Studies and choose Recreation and Sport Business as your major.

Connect with us

Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Contact our Faculty of Health recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions you have.

Clare Stevens


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