MS in Sport Management: Parks and Recreation

Overview

MS in Sport Management: Parks and RecreationMaster of Science in Sport Management: Parks and Recreation Students in the Parks and Recreation concentration gain dynamic preparation to serve as effective administrators and managers across both community recreation and park management programs and organizations. Prepare for a fulfilling career in the recreation industry.

Students in the Parks and Recreation program will learn to:

  • Understand trends in natural resource use and conservation, as well as changes in recreation management policy over time
  • Recognize, communicate, and improve the role outdoor recreation plays in promoting health and well-being
  • Demonstrate and deploy knowledge of contemporary issues related to natural resource management – especially aspects affected by human actions

A convenient online approach

  • 36 credits of coursework: 24 credits in the core program curriculum; 9 credits of concentration-specific courses; 3-credit capstone
  • All coursework is completed online using Lasell’s easy-to-use learning platform
  • 8-week modules are flexible and affordable

Leisure is about much more than relaxation
Adept park management and environmental stewardship has become increasingly important in an age of diminished public investment. Coursework in Lasell’s Parks and Recreation concentration will position you to meet that need by encompassing the study of major themes and theories related to the leisure service industry, including both recreation programs and parks of all types. In addition to learning concepts and theories, you’ll make extensive use of case studies to connect the theoretical to the practical, and graduate with a solid understanding of the best practices of leisure-related governing bodies.

A student-first philosophy
We maintain intentionally small class sizes that enable highly collaborative, personalized learning. You’ll work closely with exceptional teachers – many of whom are working professionals – over the course of your program, and have opportunities to develop a curriculum aligned with your specific goals through student-driven projects such as a direct study, which enables you to dive deeply into a research project of your choosing. In addition, our advisory board comprises prominent professionals in the field who provide valuable connections to the broader sport industry, positioning you to pursue internships and real-world work experience with top organizations in the Boston area and beyond.

Exceptional opportunities
Your degree in Parks and Recreation is the first step toward a new job, or an advanced position within your current career track. Our graduates are well positioned to succeed in roles that include:

  • Community Recreation Director
  • Park Ranger/Supervisor
  • Park Operations Director
  • Conservation Officer
  • Outdoor Recreation Planner

Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MSSM Core
SMGT701 Historical & Current Issues in Sports 3
SMGT703 Sport Sponsorship & Marketing 3
SMGT704 Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law 3
SMGT705 Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry 3
SMGT708 Leisure Studies Foundation 3
SMGT711 Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future 3
SMGT714 Administrative Procedures 3
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry 3
Concentration Courses
SMGT720 Case Studies in Parks & Recreation 3
SMGT726 Trends & Issues in Recreation Management 3
Choose 1 from the following:
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport 3
SMGT797 Internship 3
Choose 1 from the following:
SMGT713 International Sport Management 3
SMGT725 Nature Based & Sustainable Tourism 3
SMGT732 The Use of Psychology in Leisure Studies 3

*Students without a bachelor's degree in sport management will be required to take SMGT 706 Introduction to Sport Management as their introductory course in place of SMGT 701 Historical & Current Issues in Sports.

Course Schedule

Summer 2018

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
MAIN SESSION: 5/15 - 8/27
SMGT797 Internship
Prereq:  (Instructor Permission from: Ms. Janice Savitz)
TBA Savitz, Janice Main Session 5/15-8/27
SESSION 1: 5/15 - 7/3
SMGT703 Sport Sponsorship & Marketing Online Kim, Young-Tae Session I 5/15-7/3
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online TBA Session I 5/15-7/3
SMGT708 Leisure Studies Foundation Online Sargeant, Dan Session I 5/15-7/3
SMGT710 Principles of Athletic Administration Online Sargeant, Dan Session I 5/15-7/3
SMGT711 Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future Online Thomas, Dwayne Session I 5/15-7/3
SMGT722 Managing Sport Facilities/Special Events Online Nowlan, Bill Session I 5/15-7/3
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry
Prereq:  (Instructor Permission from: Dr. Young-Tae Kim)
Online Kim, Young-Tae Session I 5/15-7/3
SESSION 2: 7/5 - 8/27
SMGT704 Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law Online Martinez, Deborah Session II 7/5-8/27
SMGT705 Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry Online Nowlan, Bill Session II 7/5-8/27
SMGT707 Exec & Strat leadership in the Sport Ind Online Thomas, Dwayne Session II 7/5-8/27
SMGT713 International Sport Management Online TBA Session II 7/5-8/27
SMGT714 Administrative Procedures Online Thomas, Dwayne Session II 7/5-8/27
SMGT727 Trends & Theories in Sport Tourism/Hosp Online Sargeant, Dan Session II 7/5-8/27
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport
Prereq:  (SMGT780 Lecture (May be taken concurrently) Min Grade: B- Min Credits: 3.00)
Online Kim, Young-Tae Session II 7/5-8/27

 

Fall 2018

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
MAIN SESSION: 9/4 - 12/14
SMGT797 Internship
Prereq:(Instructor Permission from: Ms. Janice Savitz)
Online Savitz, Janice Online 9/4-12/14
SESSION 1: 9/4 - 10/23
SMGT701 Historical & Current Issues in Sports Online Sargeant, Dan Online 9/4-10/23
SMGT705 Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry Online Nowlan, Bill Online 9/4-10/23
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Abruzzi, Nicholas Online 9/4-10/23
SMGT713 International Sport Management Online TBA Online 9/4-10/23
SMGT722 Managing Sport Facilities/Special Events Online Johnson, Christopher Online 9/4-10/23
SMGT732 The Use of Psychology in Leisure Studies Online Sargeant, Dan Online 9/4-10/23
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry
Prereq:(Instructor Permission from: TBA)
Online Kim, Young-Tae Online 9/4-10/23
SESSION 2: 10/24 - 12/12
SMGT703 Sport Sponsorship & Marketing Online Flynn, Erin Online 10/24-12/12
SMGT704 Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law Online Martinez, Deborah Online 10/24-12/12
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Lehoullier, Joan Online 10/24-12/12
SMGT707 Exec & Strat leadership in the Sport Ind Online Thomas, Dwayne Online 10/24-12/12
SMGT710 Principles of Athletic Administration Online Vieira, Stanley Online 10/24-12/12
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport
Prereq: (SMGT780 Lecture (May be taken concurrently) Min Grade: B-)
Online Kim, Young-Tae Online 10/24-12/12

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell College's Sport Management graduate degree or Certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. GRE/GMAT scores are not required.  The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
  3. Two professional letters of recommendation from either faculty or employers
  4. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  5. Resume

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates withfewer than 3 years of professional work experience.*

Materials should be addressed to:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466