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 Foundations 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 2019

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/Time
SUMMER MAIN: 5/14-8/26
MGMT798 Research Project Capstone Online TBA,  Online
MGMT799 Internship Capstone Online Panchuck, Paula Online
SUMMER 1: 5/14-7/3
MGMT702 Research Methods Online Borden, Daniel Online
MGMT704 Financial Management Hybrid Hannon, James TBA   6:30PM -   9:00PM
MGMT705 Organizational Theory Online Payne, Mindy Online
MGMT707 Operations Strategy Online Pineault, Gerald Online
MGMT731 Human Resource Law & Compliance Online Howard, Kim Online
MGMT744 Global Marketing Online Reilly, Matthew Online
MGMT751 Business Strategy Online Vergara, Judy Online
MGMT756 Policy & Brand Management in Hospitality Online Mobar, Siddharth Online
MGMT760 New Product Development Online Huetteman, Janet Online
SUMMER 2: 7/3-8/26
MGMT700 Global Leadership Online McGeough, Robert Online
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management Online Pineault, Gerald Online
MGMT714 Principles of Project Management Online Willett, Michael Online
MGMT728 Human Resources Management Online Howard, Kim Online
MGMT736 Leadership & Operations in Lodging Mgmt Online Mobar, Siddharth Online
MGMT740 Consumer Behavior Online Staskawicz, Cheryl Online
MGMT745 Strategic Marketing Online Huetteman, Janet Online
MGMT752 Change Management Online Carvalho, Katherine Online
MGMT764 Diversity, Inclusion & Countering Bias Online Howard, Kim Online
MGMT767 Risk Management Online Willett, Michael Online

Fall 2019

Course NumberNameFormatInstructor
FALL MAIN - 9/9 - 12/10
MGMT700 Global Leadership Hybrid TBA
MGMT702 Research Methods Hybrid TBA
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management Hybrid TBA
MGMT728 Human Resources Management Hybrid TBA
MGMT740 Consumer Behavior Hybrid TBA
MGMT746 Digital Marketing Hybrid TBA
MGMT749 Ethical Theory & Management Hybrid TBA
MGMT752 Change Management Hybrid TBA
MGMT764 Diversity, Inclusion & Countering Bias Hybrid TBA
MGMT766 PM Tools & Technology Hybrid TBA
MGMT798 Research Project Capstone Online TBA
MGMT799 Internship Capstone Online TBA
FALL 1: 9/9 - 10/29
MGMT705 Organizational Theory Online TBA
MGMT714 Principles of Project Management Online TBA
MGMT741 Marketing Research & Data Analytics Online TBA
MGMT745 Strategic Marketing Online TBA
MGMT761 Performance MGMT & Employee Development Online TBA
MGMT768 Quant Anlys for Manag Decision-Making Online TBA
MGMT771 Accounting for Manag Online TBA
FALL 2: 10/30 - 12/18
MGMT700 Global Leadership Online TBA
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management Online TBA
MGMT704 Financial Management Online TBA
MGMT707 Operations Strategy Online TBA
MGMT740 Consumer Behavior Online TBA
MGMT743 Fundraising Concepts & Practices Online TBA
MGMT744 Global Marketing Online TBA
MGMT751 Business Strategy Online TBA
MGMT762 Employee Relations, Engage & Retention Online TBA
MGMT763 Employee Learning & Development Online TBA
MGMT765 Project, Program & Portfolio Management Online TBA
MGMT769 Stat Tech & Analysis for Decision Making Online TBA
MGMT772 Financial Analysis for Managers Online TBA

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