Overview & Career Outcomes

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.


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 (SMGT720, SMGT726)
    • 1 concentration course can be chosen from (SMGT725, SMGT732)

Get information on our Course Schedules.

Historical & Current Issues in Sports
3 credits
Sport Sponsorship & Marketing
3 credits
Sport-Recreation-Tourism & the Law
3 credits
Financial Mgmt in the Sport Industry
3 credits
Leisure Studies Foundation
3 credits
Sport & Rec Ldrship to Shape the Future
3 credits
Administrative Procedures
3 credits
Research & Design in the Sport Industry
3 credits
Case Studies in Parks & Recreation
3 credits
Trends & Issues in Recreation Management
3 credits
Nature Based & Sustainable Tourism
3 credits
The Use of Psychology in Leisure Studies
3 credits
Writing & Reporting Research in Sport
3 credits
3 credits


Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Sport Management graduate degree or certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. 

No GMAT/GRE scores are required for admission. 

International Students need to submit English equivalency from one of the following: TOEFL scores: minimum required score is 80 (iBT) or IELTS, minimum required score is 6.0; or Pearson PTE Academic minimum score is 53; or Duolingo minimum required score is 105. The English equivalency scores 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.

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

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