Bachelor of recreation

School: Human Kinetics and Recreation Campus: St. John's
Length: Four years Honours available: Yes
University Calendar: Bachelor of recreation
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The bachelor of recreation is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop professional competencies in recreation and leisure service management. The program prepares you to develop, plan and lead recreational activities in a variety of settings. The optional therapeutic recreation concentration provides professional preparation for the practice of therapeutic recreation.

Admission requirements

Fall semester
Application deadline:
March 1

New Memorial students

You may apply for admission into the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation directly from high school by indicating your desired degree option in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the program from high school is competitive for a limited number of placements and is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.

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Current Memorial or transfer students

If you're seeking admission into the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation through transfer from within Memorial University or other accredited post-secondary institutions, indicate your desired degree option in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission

Overall academic performance and evidence of ability to successfully maintain a full course load are important criteria in reaching decisions on applications for admission and will be considered in the selection process. HKR degree programs are competitive for a limited number of seats.

Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript showing completed courses and current registrations to the Office of the Registrar. No applicant will be granted admission beyond academic term four.

Note: Current students and transfer students seeking admission to a HKR degree program should be prepared for it to take a minimum of three additional years to complete their HKR degree.

Sample first year

Wondering about what courses you will take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for recreation students.

Sample courses beyond first year

HKR 2585 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
HKR 3340 - Adapted Physical Activity
HKR 4555 - Leadership and Supervision in Recreation

Career opportunities

A bachelor of recreation prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • seniors/older adult recreation co-ordinator
  • community programs director
  • military recreation co-ordinator
  • community development specialist
  • marketing specialist for professional sports teams
  • wellness co-ordinator
  • athletics association director
  • recreation co-ordinator for youth programs
  • family resource co-ordinator

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.