Parks and Recreation Management Program

Online Bachelor of Science Degree

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Council on Accreditation COAPRT Northern Arizona University's Parks and Recreation Management Program offered the first (2003) and still the only National Recreation and Park Association accredited online Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management. NAU has been offering online classes since January of 1998 to students across the United States and the world. In 2012 the PRM program began to offer 2 year and 3 year progression plans for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Our online courses have provided professional preparation to many individuals already working in the field, but need a degree to advance their careers or those just entering the profession. We also introduced an online PRM "Certificate" in 1998.

NAU's Parks and Recreation Management Program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management. The program of study for the Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management is the same as the one offered to our campus students at the Flagstaff Mountain campus.

The classes are structured to teach sound theoretical and professional principles and skills necessary for success in the park and recreation field. The NAU Parks and Recreation Management online degree requires 120 hours of credit.

All PRM core courses are offered on the Internet. Distance students usually combine NAU distance classes with previous or concurrent college coursework from other institutions to meet the 120 hour requirement. Most distance students take the PRM core courses and the Community/Commercial Emphasis from NAU, but may also include liberal studies courses from their local community college or other institutions. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed from NAU.

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PRM Progression Plans - for campus & distance students

bullet 2NTHRU - 2 year degree completion
bullet 3NFREE - 3 year degree completion
bullet 4NMORE - 4+ year degree completion

Course Descriptions

Required courses for the Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management include:

Professional Core (45 credit hours) & Semester Offered

PRM 220 (3) Introduction to Parks & Recreation Management - Fall/Spring/Summer
PRM 252 (3) Recreation Leadership and Supervision - Fall/Spring
PRM 275 (3) Introduction to Program Planning with Computer Applications- Fall/Spring
PRM 308 (3) Practicum in Parks & Recreation Management - Fall (distance only)/Summer
PRM 326 (3) Inclusive Recreation - Fall/Spring/Summer
PRM 346W (3) Wildland Recreation Management - Fall/Spring/Summer
PRM 360 (3) Interpretation for Parks & Recreation - Fall/Spring
PRM 383 (3) Community and Commercial Recreation Management - Fall/Spring
PRM 426 (3) Parks and Recreation Management & Finance - Fall/Spring
PRM 447 (3) Research and Evaluation in PRM - Spring/Summer
PRM 498C (3) Senior Seminar - Fall/Spring
PRM 408 (12) Internship in Parks & Recreation Management - Fall/Spring/Summer
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Emphasis Areas (18 credit hours)
bulletCommunity & Commercial Recreation & Tourism - (advisement sheet .pdf)
bulletIndividualized program - (advisement sheet .pdf);
bulletNAU minor: Any NAU approved minor may be used to satisfy the Emphasis Area requirement.

Other Department Requirements & Prerequisites (6 credit hours)

ACC 205 (3) Legal, Ethical, Global and Regulatory Environment of Business or any Business Law course.
STA 270 (3) Applied Statistics or any Introductory Statistics course.

Liberal Studies Requirements (Must complete a total of 35 credit hours)
bulletFoundations: English 4 or 6); Math 3
bulletLab Science: 4
bulletScience/Applied Science: (Computer class and an Beginner Statistics, 3-6)
bulletSocial and Political Worlds: (3-6)
bulletAesthetic and Human Inquiry: (3-6)

Cultural Understanding: (3-6)


Ethnic and Global Liberal Study (3 credits in each category)

Free Electives (to total 120 credit hours)

Other Helpful Links

bulletNorthern Arizona University
bulletOnline Application Information
bullet Admissions Information
bulletTuition Information
bulletCourse Descriptions
bulletNAU Extended Campuses

For more information contact NAU Extended Campuses (800-426-8315).

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