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Department of Recreation Administration

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Sports and Entertainment Facility Management

Exploring Sports and Entertainment Facilities Management

Through this option, students can work in facility management and event programming careers at arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, performing arts centers, theaters and other venues. Whether business, entertainment, sports, or other events, students gain knowledge to facilitate clients’ needs. A SEFM Certificate is available for both majors and non-majors. This could also be an ideal certificate for students who major in Business, Mass Communications and Journalism, Theater Arts, or other majors.

Experience in the Profession

While taking classes in the major, students gain experience that prepare them for their capstone internship. This is accomplished as all RA students complete 200 pre-internship hours with various organizations that are focused in their emphasis area Additionally, students gain experience by attending professional conferences, networking, and while serving on the RA Association. Upon completion of required coursework, and 200 focused pre-internship hours, students complete a 525-hour semester-long internship. These positions often act as springboards that launch students into professional, career positions.

Job Placements and Career Outlook

Graduates of this option are trained and qualified to seek employment in a variety of organizations and agencies.


Major requirements (67-69 units)
The following core program courses are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses dependent upon the selected option area. 

  • RA 55. Foundations and Careers in RPT
  • RA 60. Technologies in RPT
  • RA 73S. Leadership in RPT
  • RA 77S. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Programming
  • RA 80. Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment
  • RA 101. Leisure and Human Behavior
  • RA 125. Diversity and Inclusive Practices in RPT
  • RA 128. Legal and Financial Aspects of RPT
  • RA 179. Supervision and Administration in RPT
  • RA 180. Professional Placement in RPT

*27 units total

  • RA 117. Special Event Planning
  • RA 133. Recreation and Parks Facilities Planning and Operations
  • RA 135 or MKTG 100S. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Marketing or Marketing Concepts
  • RA 139. Research and Evaluation in RPT
  • RA 150. Sports and Entertainment Facility Management
  • RA 152. Sports and Entertainment Facility Booking, Promotion and Box Office Operations
  • RA 154. Sports and Entertainment Facility Operations
  • RA 184I. Internship in RPT
  • ACCT 3 or ACCT 4A. Essentials of Accounting or Financial Accounting Principles and Systems

*37-38 total units

  • BA 18. Business and the Legal Environment
  • COMM 103. Advanced Public Speaking
  • PH 143. Occupational Safety
  • MCJ 106. Publication Design
  • MCJ 152S. Fundamentals of Public Relations
  • MKTG 150. Sports Marketing
  • RA 119. Conference, Convention, and Meeting Planning

*3-4 total units

General Education requirements (48 units)

Other requirements (9 units) American Governments and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing

Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

*Total units (120)

Contact Us

Michael Mahoney, Ed.D.
Option Coordinator and Professor
PHS 139