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
Concentration Courses
SMGT720 Case Studies in Parks & Recreation 3
SMGT726 Trends & Issues in Recreation Management 3
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
SMGT711 Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future 3
SMGT714 Administrative Procedures 3
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry 3
Choose 1 from the following:
SMGT725 Nature Based & Sustainable Tourism 3
SMGT732 The Use of Psychology in Leisure Studies 3
Choose 1 from the following:
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport 3
SMGT797 Internship 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

Winter 2020 Courses

Course Number Name Format Instructor
Winter 1/2 - 1/17
SMGT708 Leisure Studies Foundation Online TBA
SMGT714 Administrative Procedures Online Sargeant, Dan

Spring 2020 Courses

Course Number Name Format Instructor
SPRING MAIN 1/22 - 5/11
SMGT797 Internship Internship Savitz, Janice
SPRING 1: 1/22 - 3/10
SMGT703 Sport Sponsorship & Marketing Online TBA
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Abruzzi, Nick
SMGT711 Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future Online Nowlan, Bill
SMGT713 International Sport Management Online Thomas, Dwayne
SMGT720 Case Studies in Parks & Recreation Online Sargeant, Dan
SMGT725 Nature Based & Sustainable Tourism Online TBA
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry Online TBA
SPRING 2: 3/23 - 5/11
SMGT704 Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law Online Sargeant, Dan
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Abruzzi, Nick
SMGT707 Exec & Strat leadership in the Sport Ind Online TBA
SMGT726 Trends & Issues in Recreation Management Online TBA
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport Online TBA

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University'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 University
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466