Overview

Master 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.

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

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.

Curriculum

Our curriculum will help you build the skillset you need to advance in the field of Sport Management and Parks and Recreation.

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: SMGT781 Professional Internship or SMGT797 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 (MGMT720, SMGT726)
    • 1 concentration course can be chosen from (SMGT725, 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
SMGT720
Case Studies in Parks & Recreation
3 credits
SMGT726
Trends & Issues in Recreation Management
3 credits
SMGT725
Nature Based & Sustainable Tourism
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