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Program information

If you like working with people and have strong leadership skills that inspire and motivate others, a career in the field of recreation and leisure might be the perfect fit for you. This program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and internship experience for successful entry into the workforce or transfer to a four-year program.

With the guidance of your advisor, you will plan a concentration of studies around your specific career interests: Sports/Coaching, Fitness/Wellness, Therapeutic Recreation, or Generalist.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in all of the following areas:

  • Have the skills they need for employment in recreation and the leisure services
  • The ability to communicate and relate to individuals in professional and academic environments
  • Understand the process and methods of examining data and distributions
  • Be prepared for transfer to related bachelors programs
  • The ability to demonstrate information literacy

See semester-by-semester degree plan.


Transfer options

Graduates have successfully transferred to:

  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Cortland 
  • Utica University

Career opportunities 

Entry-level positions in therapeutic recreation, recreation management, health and wellness, campus recreation, employee recreation, travel and tourism, and government agencies.

Internship opportunities

Internships provide 90 hours of experience. 

Contact us

Sheila Flihan

Sheila Flihan, Dean
Payne Hall 345, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5629

Michelle KellyMichelle Kelly, Associate Professor
JC 112, Utica Campus