What our students say
"I started in University 1, taking a full course load towards an Agribusiness degree. In year two, I transitioned into the Faculty of Agriculture. After about another semester, I decided an Agribusiness degree wasn’t right for me. I spent another couple semesters taking a mixture of random courses, trying to find an area I was passionate about pursuing a career in. I was weighing a variety of options—both inside and outside of school. But after taking a few courses in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (and doing well in them), it was my coach who suggested I look into the Recreation Management and Community Development degree program. I did just that, and decided it was perfect for me. It kept me involved in sports (something extremely important to me), and involved the management, organization, and planning that I love."
Madison Wilford, BRMCD, Class of 2019
Graduates of the Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development program go on to careers in:
- ecotourism development or promotion
- festivals and cultural or special events
- First Nations community development
- sport management
- culture and healthy living
- hotel or cruise ship recreation
- marketing coordination
- nature-based tourism, outdoor and adventure recreation
- parks and protected areas management
- programs for senior citizens
- programs for individuals with disabilities
- sustainable tourism
The Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development combines a strong theoretical framework with practical experiences to help students learn about community development, sport and event management, sustainable tourism and environmental management.
Expected duration: 4 years
To graduate with a four-year Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development degree, a student must have passed the 120 credit hours of the program and must have achieved a Degree Grade Point Average (DGPA) of 2.00 with a minimum grade of “C” in all faculty-required courses.
Sample course offerings
- KPER 1200: Physical Activity, Health and Wellness (3 credit hours)
- KPER 1400: Concepts of Recreation and Leisure (3 credit hours)
- KPER 2170: History of Physical Activity and Leisure (3 credit hours)
- REC 2400: Management and Marketing of Leisure Services (3 credit hours)
- KPER 3100: Inclusive Physical Activity and Leisure (3 credit hours)
- REC 3072: Principles of Community Development (3 credit hours)
- REC 3180: Social Psychology of Leisure (3 credit hours)
- REC 3220: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
- KPER 3630: Service and Experiential Learning (3 credit hours)
- REC 3850: Planning of Recreation Areas and Facilities (3 credit hours)
- KPER 4020: Philosophy of Physical Activity and Leisure (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
What our graduates say
“I’ve particularly found the Recreation Program helpful because it has a lot of components such as business: how to program; how to do facility development; how to make presentations. The program is very applicable to municipal settings. It is things like budgeting, development and working with diverse populations that gives you a lot of great things to go into the field with.”
– Gerald Mirecki, BRS
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Recreation Management and Community Development program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants require the following:
- Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S, G, or U
- A minimum 85% average over the following, with no less than 60% in each course:
- English 40S
- Applied Mathematics 40S or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S
- Two academic 40S courses
Advanced entry is for applicants who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the Start or continue your application button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
Admission and application inquiries
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