Recreation and Leisure Studies
RECREATION and LEISURE STUDIES prepares you to build health and wellness programs for communities of people.

About the Program

With the growing popularity of the parks and recreation services, both local and national, recreation and leisure studies graduates are in high demand. Jobs in the recreation field are increasing nationally—in less than 10 years, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 19%! We will prepare you to meet this demand.

  • You will learn to develop, evaluate, and direct wellness, recreational, intramural, and outdoor leadership programs.
  • You will also develop skills including financial organization, facilities management, and turf and grounds maintenance.
  • You will learn to set goals, measure program outcomes, and evaluate program success in order to serve diverse populations and provide needed services for the organization and community.

As a student, you will have the opportunity for hands-on experience through practica labs, and a required professional internship. There are over 80 parks and recreation programs that service the Kansas City metro area that can provide field-based experiences for our students.

We will prepare you to work in a variety of sectors within the field of parks and recreation; direct recreational, sport, and outdoor leadership events; and provide opportunities for all people to access and conserve local parks.

your future


Touching every aspect of recreational and leisure studies, you could become a(n):

  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Fitness and/or Wellness Director
  • Youth Services and Sports Director
  • Recreation Facility Supervisor/Operations Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Recreational Therapist

Employers & Internships

Some of our recent students have had networking opportunities at:

  • Johnson County Parks & Recreation
  • Olathe Family YMCA
  • Boys & Girls Club of America
  • Prairie Life Fitness
  • 68's Inside Sports
  • Olathe Parks & Recreation

Related Majors

Other majors you may also be interested in learning more about:

Our People are the Difference

Our professors are professionals and scholars with clinical licenses at the highest levels in their field. They have professional experience as therapists, teachers and athletic trainers. Professors actively engage in scholarly research and service learning projects that are applicable to the classroom setting.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.