Experience Design and Management
Admission to Degree Program
The degrees in the Department of Experience Design and Management are limited enrollment programs. Please see the BYU Marriott School of Business Undergraduate Advisement Center for specific details.
Students in the Department of Experience Design and Management may complete accredited degrees in experience design and management (ExDM) or therapeutic recreation and management (TR). The two majors share a commitment to providing recreation opportunities, programs, and experiences focused on strengthening individuals, families, and communities. ExDM and TR, however, represent diverse approaches and opportunities for students. A minor in nonprofit management is also available.
The interdisciplinary nature of both programs allows students the opportunity to complete not only their departmental coursework but also learn from BYU Marriott courses as well. Courses common to the two majors prepare students in the areas of leadership and management skills, accounting and finance, marketing, human resources, and current societal issues and trends related to recreation choices and behaviors. Therapeutic recreation coursework also includes classes in the behavioral and life sciences.
Experience Industry Management
The focus of the experience design and management major is on preparing students for the recreation, venue, and experience management professions in private, public, and nonprofit venues. The ExDM curriculum is designed with the recognition that providing and managing recreation experiences and venues have emerged as an important factor of economic activity for communities, cities, states, and countries.
Therapeutic recreation and management students learn how to use recreation as a treatment modality to help people with illnesses and disabilities improve functional behavior, develop skills and abilities related to leisure and well-being, and improve quality of life. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and national certification, and work in a variety of healthcare and community-based settings. Therapists help individuals reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; overcome addictions and other emotional and behavioral problems; recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities; and socialize effectively so they can enjoy greater independence and reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability. They accomplish this through interventions using arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, sports, games, dance, drama, music, or community outings. Therapists also help integrate people with disabilities into society by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities.
See specific career information under the experience design and management and therapeutic recreation and management options.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
- The University Core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see here.)
- At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
- A minimum of 120 credit hours
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.