Shape the future of recreation and leisure
Recreation and Leisure Studies represents one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries.
If you think about it, anything that you are doing outside of work, school and sleeping, is some form of recreation and leisure.
Here at the University of Waterloo you'll learn from world-class professors how you can influence, encourage, and provide programs and services that help people maximize their quality of life. Whether you're into sports marketing, ecotourism, therapeutic recreation, or event management, the opportunities are endless.
Apply to Recreation and Leisure Studies (co-op or regular) and then choose one of the majors as your "subject of major interest." You'll be admitted to Recreation and Leisure Studies, and then placed into the major you selected on your application when you start your studies in the fall:
Learn how to plan, deliver, and manage the recreation and leisure services people use to get the most out of life (like concerts, camps, travel, vacations, sporting events etc.). Thanks to field trips and practicums, your learning will go way beyond the classroom.
Our one-of-a-kind Recreation and Sports Business program lets you combine recreation and sport courses with transferable business skills - preparing you for a career in many different industries.
Do you love working with people and creating positive change? Help individuals overcome barriers and get the most out of life. Graduate eligible to apply for certification with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation and registration with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario.
We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding student experience - both inside and outside the classroom. At Waterloo, there are lots of opportunities to get involved and have new experiences.
Meet current students
“I chose this program because it’s broad. It covers a lot of my interests all the way from business to the community...and my huge love of sports."
My favourite part about the program is the hands-on learning experience in our classes. We get guest speakers who come in and, on top of that, field trips where we get to apply what we’re learning in the classroom and take action.
- Musabbiha, Recreation and Sport Business