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.

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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)

How to apply

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

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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.


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.

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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
megaphone icon"I chose to double major in sports business and tourism. No other schools let me customize my degree the same way Waterloo did. Combining these two majors let me study the impact events like the Olympics can have on a host community."Kaileigh, third-year Recreation and Sport Business co-op student

CapEarn a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Sport Business


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