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BGSU and Cedar Fair Partnership

Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management

The only program of its kind in the country, BGSU is partnering with Cedar Fair to offer a Bachelor's of Science in Resort and Attraction Management beginning summer of 2020. This innovative partnership will provide graduates with leadership opportunities in the resort and attraction management industry.

To learn more, contact the Professor and Founding Director, Dr. Swathi Ravichandran at 419-372-0733 or rswathi@bgsu.edu.
 

The average annual salary for general and operational managers of amusement parks and arcades was $92,720 in May 2018.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

This industry generates $165 billion in tax revenue in the United States each year, and Cedar Fair – parent company of Cedar Point – is widely recognized as a leader. A booming industry, 8.8M American jobs are directly supported by domestic and international travelers in the United States and 15.6M American jobs are supported by travel. Travel is the seventh largest employer in the private sector.  

Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management Scholarship

Let us help finance the ride of your life! Students enrolling in the RAAM program can earn a full-tuition, two-year scholarship (general fees and nonresident feel excluded) with a 2.5 college GPA. There is not a financial need requirement.

Apply for scholarship online by June 30, 2020

Quality classroom experiences

This co-developed program will be led by BGSU faculty. It’s a degree completion program where junior- and senior-level courses will be in taught in downtown Sandusky, Ohio at a brand new multipurpose facility developed by Cedar Fair. This is the first degree program of its kind to specifically address the unique needs surrounding amusement parks and similar establishments.

Students will complete the first two years at BGSU or come from any two- or four-year college and finish at the Cedar Fair facility in downtown Sandusky. The facility will house classrooms and apartment-style housing.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media
  • Introductory and Advanced Co-ops
  • Entertainment and Event Management
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Risk Management and Safety

BGSU and Cedar Fair Partnership

Bowling Green State University is your classroom and Cedar Fair Amusement Parks is your laboratory in this one-of-a-kind partnership providing a leadership path in the resort and attraction management industry. Guaranteed paid and customizable customizable co-op opportunities are included in this degree. In this innovative public - private partnership, theory and practice are integrated into a curriculum designed by faculty and industry leaders to deliver a program that combines teaching, research, scholarship and industry engagement.

Curriculum

The program includes four, ten-week semesters of classroom instruction and two full-time guaranteed, paid co-op experiences at one of Cedar Fair’s parks in North America or a similar establishment. Coursework will focus on preparing students for management careers in the resort and attraction management industry.

Students will be required to complete two paid customizable co-ops at one of the Cedar Fair parks or another similar establishment, a key element in developing career-ready graduates. These co-ops can be completed in a variety of areas including park operations, resort management, food and beverage management, merchandizing, safety, security, product and development. Support functions including marketing, finance, information technology, and human resources may also be incorporated into the experience.

The program will be taught and led by faculty and industry experts at a facility in Sandusky, Ohio, home of Cedar Fair corporate headquarters. Sandusky is home of Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world on the shores of Lake Erie.

The U.S. market for amusement and theme parks is estimated to be $29.1 billion in 2022, up from $22.4 billion in 2017. Attendance is expected to grow at a projected 2.3% compounded annual rate through 2022.

Source: International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Internships and Careers

Students will be required to complete two paid co-ops at one of the Cedar Fair parks or another similar establishment.

  • California’s Great America, Santa Clara, California 
  • Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario 
  • Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina 
  • Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio 
  • Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania 
  • Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virgnia 
  • Kings Island, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California 
  • Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, Michigan 
  • Valleyfair, Shakopee, Minnesota 
  • Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

GO FAR in your career

  • Park managers
  • Tourism directors
  • Resort and hotel managers
  • Food and beverage managers
  • and other leadership positions

More Information


Dr. Swathi Ravichandran
Professor and Founding Director
Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management Program
419-372-0733
rswathi@bgsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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