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BS - Sport Leadership + Recreation

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BS - Sport Leadership + Recreation

Whether its watching a professional sports team or kayaking - does sports and recreation feel like home to you? You may enjoy playing them or being part of the support crew around a team, with education and experience, you can represent a professional athlete, manage a sports facility or recreation organization, or guide people as they explore outdoor recreation. The Bachelor of Science in Sport Leadership + Recreation (SLR) offered by Emporia State University is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in sport and recreation industries. The SLR program has courses focused on sport management, event and program design, revenue management, business law, marketing, and sport psychology.

So many possibilities

  • Athletic Director- $60,948
  • Marketing Director - $122,000
  • PR/Fundraising (Sports Development) - $118,430
  • Recreation Director - $48,893
  • Sports Agent - $102,070
  • Explore possible careers and employers

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At Emporia State University, we’re here to help you achieve your educational and career goals. All new ESU students are automatically members of the Stinger Success Program.

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Admission Requirements

Prospective SLR majors must meet all university requirements and be admitted to Emporia State University.

Prospective SLR majors must complete an application for admission to the SLR Program after they have completed the first 11 hours of the SLR core classes with a C or better (Sports Leadership and Recreation Application).

This application must be accompanied by Major's Agreement Form, which must be signed and dated.

Prospective SLR majors must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in the first nine SLR core hours.

Prospective SLR majors must complete the Application Form.

If a student does not meet the above criteria, the student may petition to be placed on probation for one semester and may re-apply at the end of that semester to be removed from probation.

If a student does not meet the above criteria by the end of the probationary semester, the student will not be admitted to the SLR Program.

Any student who has committed a felony will not be admitted to the SLR Program.

Application Deadlines

Application for admission into the Sport Leadership + Recreation Program must be received by October 1 for Spring acceptance and March 1 for Fall acceptance.

Degree Requirements

See complete requirements for a major in sport leadership & recreation.

Retention Policy

Once a student is admitted to the Sport Leadership + Recreation Program, s/he must complete the following requirements in order to complete the SLR Program and graduate from Emporia State University with a BS degree in Sports Leadership & Recreation:

The student must complete 124 credit hours with a minimum of 45 credit hours at the 300 level or higher.

The student must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.75 in all SLR Program core classes.

The student must pass three major program assessments at the acceptable level. These assessments include:
- Practicum I Supervisor’s Evaluation
- Portfolio Evaluation
- Intern Supervisor’s Evaluation

The student must complete each of the courses in the SLR Program with a C or better and have a 2.75 GPA in all SLR classes to complete the program and to be eligible to enroll in SL 570 and SL 510.

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We can help you pay for the education you need for your future in sports and recreation! ESU has general scholarships, academic scholarships and scholarships for SLR students.

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Emporia State University
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Main Office, Rm 219