Public Service and Public Policy (Parks and Recreation Management), BS

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Are you passionate about exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? Gain an excellent foundation in public policy while you enjoy internship opportunities that build the expertise needed in high-demand careers in the public sector. This program is located in downtown Phoenix, near city, county and state governments.

The School of Public Affairs offers a BS in public service and public policy with a concentration in parks and recreation management.

Leisure and quality of life are an essential part of U.S. society. This program provides students a transdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas and community-based recreation services.

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Public Service and Public Policy (Parks and Recreation Management), BS

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The program is primarily focused on individuals working or interested in working in the public sector. The skills and knowledge students acquire allow them to successfully function in many other types of organizations; however, the emphasis is on public organizations. A bachelor's degree program in public service and public policy prepares students for entry- and mid-level supervisory and managerial positions in city, county, state and federal agencies. For those who already have work experience, the degree provides further opportunity for promotion.

The parks and recreation management concentration provides students with more specialized knowledge about the policy implication of the development and management of leisure in modern life.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Chief Executives-3.9%$183,270
City and Regional Planning Aides4.3%$46,000
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Range Managers6.3%$61,480
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Park Naturalists6.3%$61,480
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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