MS in Sport Management: Parks and Recreation


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


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

Fall 2019 

Course Number Name Format Instructor
FALL MAIN: 9/9 - 12/20
SMGT797 Internship (Prereq: Instructor Permission from Ms. Janice Savitz) Hybrid Savitz, Janice
FALL 1: 9/9 - 10/29
SMGT701 Historical & Current Issues in Sports Online Sargeant, Daniel
SMGT705 Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry Online Nowlan, William
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Abruzzi, Nicholas
SMGT713 International Sport Management Online Lehoullier, Joan
SMGT722 Managing Sport Facilities/Special Events Online Abruzzi, Nicholas
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry Online Kim, Young Tae
FALL 2: 10/30-12/18
SMGT703 Sport Sponsorship & Marketing Online Kim, Young Tae
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Abruzzi, Nicholas
SMGT710 Principles of Athletic Administration Online Sargeant, Daniel
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport (Prereq: SMGT780 Lecture May be taken concurrently, Min Grade: B- Min Credits: 3.00) 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