Overview

Through the study of major themes in sport, students in the Athletic Administration concentration gain specific training and preparation for successful futures as administrators in the varied segments and businesses in the industry. Gain the actionable knowledge needed to serve as an effective athletic administrator.

A convenient online approach

  • 36 credits of coursework: 24 credits in the core program curriculum; nine 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

Excellent training for a competitive industry
The Athletic Administration concentration is designed for students who desire to earn organizational leadership positions within a sports organization, with a specific focus on preparation for a career as an athletic director. As the market for this sought-after role becomes increasingly competitive, your Lasell University degree will set you apart from the crowd, and ensure you have the rigorous, relevant training you need to excel. Coursework covers topics that include executive and strategic planning, employee motivation, managing diversity in sport organizations, fundraising and development, and administrative procedures and theories. In addition, the vital management and communication skills you’ll gain can be applied in leadership positions of all types, further enhancing your career options.

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.

Curriculum

Our curriculum will help you build the skillset you need to advance in the field of Athletic Administrator.

The curriculum for this program is shown below. The degree program is structured as follows:

  • 36 credits are required for the SMGT degree up to 6 may be waived based on prior academic work which you pick 1 of 2 capstone options: Professional Internship or a Writing & Reporting Research in Sport 
  • 27 credits (9 courses) comprise the core offerings
  • 9 credits (3 courses) required for the concentration 
    • 2 concentration courses are required (MGMT705, SMGT710)
    • 1 concentration course can be chosen from (SMGT722, SMGT732)
SMGT701
Historical & Current Issues in Sports
3 credits
SMGT703
Sport Sponsorship & Marketing
3 credits
SMGT704
Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law
3 credits
SMGT705
Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry
3 credits
SMGT708
Leisure Studies Foundation
3 credits
SMGT711
Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future
3 credits
SMGT714
Administrative Procedures
3 credits
SMGT780
Research & Design in the Sport Industry
3 credits
MGMT705
Organizational Theory
3 credits
SMGT710
Principles of Athletic Administration
3 credits
SMGT722
Managing Sport Facilities/Special Events
3 credits
SMGT732
The Use of Psychology in Leisure Studies
3 credits
SMGT781
Writing & Reporting Research in Sport
3 credits
SMGT797
Internship
3 credits

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 with fewer than three years of professional work experience.*

Materials should be submitted through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu:

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