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MS in Sport Management: Sport Tourism & Hospitality Management


MS in Sport Management: Sport Tourism & Hospitality Management

Combining the operational and managerial knowledge of a hospitality program with a nuanced understanding of the role sport plays in encouraging travel and stimulating local economies, the Sport Tourism and Hospitality concentration offers exceptional preparation for a wide range of careers in the industry. Prepare to hit the ground running in the field of sport tourism

Students in the Sport Tourism and Hospitality program will learn to:

  • Understand the diverse nature of the sport tourism/hospitality industries and the employment opportunities available in them
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking, especially related to issues in the field of leisure, recreation, and tourism

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

Much more than a sporting chance
Sporting events and venues generate big business and significantly impact local communities and economies. Whether your background is in hospitality, event management, marketing, or communication, we will prepare you to capitalize on this growing market and excel in the field. Through courses in sales, international sport management, facility management, and more, you will refine your skills and gain a deep understanding of the various types of sport tourism - from active (a runner traveling to Boston for the marathon) to nostalgic (a tourist visiting Foxboro to see the New England Patriots Hall of Fame).

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 Sport Tourism and Hospitality 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:

  • Theme Park Manager
  • Convention Center Director
  • Resort Director
  • Tourism Director 
  • Chamber of Commerce Director


Concentration Courses
SMGT721 Intro to Sport Tourism & Hospitality 3
SMGT727 Trends & Theories in Sport Tourism/Hosp 3
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
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
Capstone Options
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.

Winter 2020 Courses

Course Number Name Format Instructor
Winter 1/2 - 1/17
SMGT708 Leisure Studies Foundation Online Sargeant, Dan
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
SMGT706 Introduction to Sport Management Online Abruzzi, Nick
SMGT711 Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future Online Sargeant, Dan
SMGT713 International Sport Management Online Sargeant, Dan
SMGT780 Research & Design in the Sport Industry Online Kim, Young
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 Savitz, Janice
SMGT726 Trends & Issues in Recreation Management Online Abruzzi, Nick
SMGT781 Writing & Reporting Research in Sport Online Sargeant, Dan

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. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  4. 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