Graduate Sport Management and Recreation Program
The Springfield College Sport Management and Recreation Graduate Program prepares students interested in careers in sports administration, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation management.
Today, career opportunities abound in the fields of sport management and recreation. A multibillion dollar industry, new openings for sport management and recreation professionals are growing faster than average for all other professions. Likewise, the recreation industry recognizes the need for well-prepared, knowledgeable individuals to create and manage high quality youth and community agencies, resorts, health clubs, private recreation businesses, and armed forces, as well as school, college, municipal, and government recreation and fitness programs.
Growing, too, are the numbers of new populations needing special expertise in recreation management: a surging number of senior citizens, persons with disabilities, children with chronic health problems, and social service agencies and corporations that are increasingly incorporating recreation programs into their rehabilitation and training programs. Men and women holding graduate degrees in sport management and recreation will have the best opportunity for an increasing number of administrative positions.
Springfield College was founded in 1885, and since that time, has recognized the importance of recreation, sport, and fitness in people’s lives. Instructor James Naismith invented basketball and a Springfield College alumnus William Morgan invented volleyball. The College has earned an international reputation as a pioneer in teaching and scholarship related to physical education and wellness, and has advocated for the formation of national parks where recreational opportunities would exist for all.
The institution has lead the way in training people to manage sport and recreation facilities and programs across the United States and around the world. Springfield College has a well-earned and well-established reputation of excellence, as well as a widespread network of professional relationships with organizations and alumni that look to Springfield College to deliver the best and the brightest graduates entering this growing field.
The coursework for sport management and recreation emphasizes four major competencies:
- Business administration
- Facility design, operations, and maintenance
- Event management
The sport management and recreation program requires the successful completion of a minimum of 34-37 semester hours of graduate credit. The program typically takes three or four semesters to complete and offers the following graduate degrees:
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
This degree requires successful completion of all graduate work and successful completion of a program-specific comprehensive culminating experience (portfolio, presentation, etc.). The research requirement under this plan, which is determined by the student’s specific program, consists of research completed within specific courses and a portfolio.
Master of Science (M.S.)
This degree requires students to engage in a research process, as determined by their academic program, which includes a clearly defined problem statement and hypothesis or research question, and specific and systemic procedures for data collection and analysis, resulting in a verifiable conclusion. The M.S. requires successful completion of all graduate work required by the student’s specific program, and a master’s research thesis, which culminates in an oral defense.
Areas of Concentration
- Sport Management
- Recreation Management
- Therapeutic Recreation Management
- Therapeutic Recreation/Child-life Specialization