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Master of Sport and Recreation Management

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


12 months

Next start date

Expected Nov 2023


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Sports and recreation is an exciting, fast-evolving industry. The Master of Sport and Recreation Management postgraduate degree from Lincoln University is renowned for meeting the professional demands of the sector and opening the way for a career in sports and recreation management.

This programme will grow your deeper understanding of the complexity of the sport and recreation sector. You’ll expand your knowledge of how governance, the economy, social relations and the environment at local, national and global level can impact activities and business decisions relating to sport and recreation. Full-time students who start study in November can secure the qualification in just 12 months.

How you’ll grow

  • By studying current issues and practical projects that expand your understanding of the sport and recreation sector
  • Gain both quantitative and qualitative analytical skills that allow you to evaluate and problem-solve a range of theoretical and practical challenges
  • Learning how to evaluate information and communicate effectively over a range of contexts
  • Expanding your appreciation of the professional standards, including familiarity with gender, ethnicity, equity and environmental issues.

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you with the advanced knowledge and skills needed for senior management roles in the sports and recreation industry. Potential roles include managing a local, regional or national sporting organisation, senior sports and recreation management positions within local or regional councils, or national government. Or work as a research consultant focusing on sport and recreation.

Programme Structure

You'll complete one compulsory course and choose courses (120 credits) from the lists below. You'll also choose two elective courses from the Master's Degree courses offered across the university.

Compulsory courses

  • RECN 627 - Advanced Sport and Recreation Management

Choose a minimum of one of the following courses:

  • SOCI 601 - Social Science Research Methods (Quantitative)
  • SOCI 602 - Social Science Research Methods (Qualitative)

Choose a minimum of three of the following courses:

  • RECN 604 - Sport, Physical Activity and Fitness
  • RECN 626 - Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
  • RECN 640 - Events and Festivals: Contexts and Concepts
  • PSYC 602 - Advanced Social Psychology of Wellbeing

Choose a minimum of 40 credits from the following courses:

  • COMM 601 - Principles of Managerial Economics
  • COMM 602 - Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • COMM 603 - Principles of Business Management
  • COMM 604 - Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT 618 - Advanced Business Strategy
  • BMGT 686 - Managing Programmes of Change
  • MKTG 672 - Marketing Strategy
  • MKTG 681 - Managing Marketing
  • TOUR 603 - Tourism Management

These courses, COMM 601, 602, 603 and 604, are prerequisite to BMGT 618, BMGT 686 and MKTG 672.

Entry criteria

A relevant New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

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