The Recreation & Tourism Management major provides an integrated study of outdoor recreation and tourism services that prepares students for careers ranging from park interpreters to recreation resource managers, camp directors, municipal recreation directors, nature-based tourism providers, hospitality & tourism managers, and many more. The program emphasizes learning and leadership in environmental contexts, through which you will gain strong managerial preparation. The overall learning objective of this program is to prepare you for professional positions in the fields of recreation and tourism by cultivating a broad understanding of leisure and recreation in our society while developing strong managerial skills. This program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Graduates are prepared to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals, giving them national recognition.

You will become very involved in campus and community stewardship and programming through many service projects over the course of their studies. These projects, such as the East Machias River Race and the Machias Haunted Forest, allow you to learn through experience while benefiting the local community.

Opportunities also exist for intensive work experiences during either the summer or the regular academic year in such areas as ski operations, state and national parks, tourist bureaus, municipal recreation programs, summer camps, outfitting/guiding, programs or agencies serving people with special needs, YMCA or YWCA programs, commercial recreation enterprises, tourist resorts, the armed forces, and outdoor education centers.

The program offers the four following concentrations:

  • Community Recreation
  • Conservation Law & Natural Resources


The Recreation & Tourism Management program at UMM is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, the accrediting body associated with the National Recreation and Park Association.

COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Our program is currently celebrating 25 years of accreditation! We are the only nationally accredited recreation program in Maine (one of four programs in New England), and we are among 90 accredited institutions across the U.S.

Our Program’s Accreditation

The Recreation & Tourism Management program at UMM is accredited by the:


The Recreation and Tourism Management program prepares students for personal and professional success, leadership in a global society, the advancement of a sustainable environment, and life-long intellectual growth. Students gain a broad-based foundation of knowledge as well as strong universal skills (communication, critical thinking, etc.) that facilitate transition into a wide variety of professional areas. The program’s graduates are strong competitors for careers within the leisure services industry due to the combination of relevant courses and preparatory practicum & cooperative education experiences.


The Recreation & Tourism Management program is recognized within the University of Maine System and region as a high-quality, pertinent academic program that supports economic development in our region and prepares local, regional, and international students for a broad range of professional careers. With its close alignment to the university’s mission, the program is one of our campus’ showcase programs, maintaining approximately 70 students and contributing to quality of life within our campus and surrounding community.

Statement of Values

The Recreation and Tourism Management program emphasizes the integration of the environment, economic development and human behavior through its structured curriculum which transitions from foundational knowledge to leadership/programming skills, to management theory and practices.  The program emphasizes a balance between analytical thinking and practical application.  The Recreation and Tourism Management curriculum is committed to academic excellence.  The faculty refers to a graduate of the program as “liberally educated” but also “professionally prepared” for individual success and leadership in the field.  The program utilizes its unique environment and its small community setting to offer hands-on learning and community service opportunities for the students.

The Recreation and Tourism Management curriculum is designed and selected with the expectation that graduates will leave the University of Maine at Machias with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills pertinent to all areas within the leisure service industry (as “generalists”, rather than “specialists”). Yet, students have the opportunity to delve more deeply into their personal area of interest through our carefully designed concentrations and the possible adoption of cross-disciplinary minors.

Program Assessment

COAPRT standards require reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2014-15) follow:

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 100%

Outcome 1 from Standard 7.01: Students will demonstrate an understanding of recreation and leisure as a profession including a broad appreciation of the nature and scope, ethical issues, principles and trends of the industry with special emphasis on the interrelationships between leisure behavior and the natural environment.

Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 1 Result: The pass rate for student recreation behavior and the environment final exams measuring this outcome was 83%.

Outcome 2 from Standard 7.02:  Students will demonstrate leadership and facilitation skills that are effective for providing quality recreational experiences for diverse groups.
Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 2 Result: The pass rate for student program inclusion plans measuring this outcome was 100%.

Outcome 3 from Standard 7.03:  Students will understand and develop techniques that enable the implementation of appropriate operational and strategic management practices.
Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 3 Result: The pass rate for student issue advocacy project was 70%.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

According to CHEA, “Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential.” Please click on the CHEA link below for more information.

Some of the benefits of choosing our COAPRT accredited program include:

  • Receiving an education that meets national standards
  • The opportunity to apply for professional certification
  • Professional development through conferences
  • Student involvement in professional organizations & activities
  • An active student organization focused on recreation programming
  • A social network of recreation professionals
  • Opportunities to be a part of advocacy on a large scale
  • The opportunity to join regional student groups

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management

Program Courses & Requirements


Contact Us

Karen Beeftink, Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management