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Graduate Diploma in Recreation Management

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


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Grow your potential to lead in the management of parks, sport management and community recreation.

As wellbeing and healthier living become more visible expectations of our society, so does the demand for those who can lead in the fields of sport, outdoor pursuits and recreation grows. Lincoln University’s Graduate Diploma in Recreation Management builds on your skills in critical thinking and academic competence with highly applicable skills in recreation management. These prepare you for a range of roles in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors covering parks, outdoor leadership, sport management, community recreation and tourism.

Programme Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Recreation Management normally requires one year of full-time study. You require 120 credits with a minimum of 75 credits at 300 level. The remaining credits, including no more than 15 at 100 level, may be chosen from the Schedule of Courses.

Electives must include 60 credits from the Schedule of Courses for the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management, or any other RECN-coded course at the 300 level.

Choose a minimum of four of the following courses:

Semester 1

  • RECN 343 - Sport and Recreation Management
  • RECN 341 - Recreation and Tourism in Protected Natural Areas
  • RECN 344 - Event Management
  • RECN 345 - Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science

Semester 2

  • RECN 393 - Practicum: Practical Experience in Sport and Recreation Management
  • SOCI 315 - Policy and Practice
  • PSYC 302 - Social Psychology of Wellbeing

Entry criteria

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution in New Zealand.
  • Or an equivalent educational achievement or level.

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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