Master of Arts In Sustainable Leisure Management - Program Structure

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management (MASLM) is comprised of two primary components: a) course work, and b) field experience and thesis research. Course work begins in September with an orientation for all students and ends April 30th when students begin their fieldwork and thesis research process. The program is completed when students have successfully completed all course work, finished their field experience, and defended and submitted their thesis.

The MASLM is modular in design, and has students focusing on one course for four weeks with a one week transition period between modules. The transition week is primarily used to complete one course and prepare for the next.

Program Schedule For Students Starting September

Dates for 2021


September 7-10Welcome Week (All new students must attend)
September 13 - October 8SLM 601: Leisure and Sustainability: Principles and Paradigms
October 18 - November 11SLM 602: Case Studies in Sustainability and Innovation.
November 22 - December 17SLM 603: Knowledge Creation and Mobilization I

Dates for 2022


January 10  – February 4

SLM 604: Influencing Change Towards Sustainability

February 14 - March 4SLM 605: Knowledge Creation and Mobilization II
March 14 - April 2SLM 606: Field Experience (Classroom Component)
Summer 2022SLM 606: Field Experience (Applied Component)
September 2022 - April 2023SLM 607: Thesis Research
Note: Students are able to work on SLM 606 and SLM 607 at the same time.

Course Descriptions

The following are required courses within the MASLM. All courses are 3 credits with the exception of SLM 606 and SLM 607 which are both 9 credit courses. These courses are offered once per year in the order illustrated above.

SLM 601 – Leisure and Sustainability: Principles and Paradigms

This seminar course examines the principles, paradigms, and practices that influence leisure activities and service providers and the opportunities to adopt innovative professional policies and operational standards. It provides learners with the opportunity to identify, evaluate, and critique frameworks pertinent to sustainability in the leisure services industry. Particular attention is given to a world view of environmental, social, and economic consequences inherent in the actions taken to plan, design, deliver and monitor leisure services at the local, national, and international level. Sustainability issues, policies, and practices applicable to nongovernmental organizations, government, and commercial enterprises are examined.

SLM 602 – Case Studies in Sustainability and Innovation

This seminar course will provide the learners with the opportunity to discuss, critique and apply core concepts, principles, and practices of sustainability to case studies in leisure. The focus is on critical thinking and the analysis of the mission and practices of public institutions, nonprofits (i.e./NGO’s) and commercial enterprises and their effort to advance social, economic, and environmental policy and practices. This course also includes one week of field work in a case study region to learn about the complexities involved in bringing about sustainability.

SLM 603 – Knowledge Creation and Mobilization I

This course will allow learners to explore the various ways in which knowledge is created and mobilized to different stakeholders in the leisure system. Learners will understand the research process from conceptualization of a research project to mobilization (sharing and action). Learners will discuss methodological issues by analyzing case studies where they have been employed. Students will begin work on their thesis by developing a research “concept proposal” which identifies literature, gaps and potential research questions.

SLM 604 – Influencing Change Towards Sustainability

This seminar course provides an opportunity for learners to understand how to influence change towards sustainability in communities and organizations. Learners will be exposed to theories on change, innovation, human behavior, and collaboration. Strategies to influence change focus on community development, leadership, collaboration and partnerships and strategic planning.

SLM 605 – Knowledge Creation and Mobilization II

This course will build upon the basis of research methods developed in SLM 603. Students will develop analytical techniques and methods for effectively analyzing, moving and sharing knowledge. Building on the concept piece produced in the previous knowledge creation course, emphasis will also be placed on aiding in the development a research proposal for use in the thesis component of the program. This course will provide a framework for students to discuss, critique, improve and present the research proposals they are developing with their advisory teams. Students will participate in seminars to share progress on their proposal including insights from literature, issues in design, and integration of ethics.

SLM 606 – Field Experience

This course will allow learners to apply the lens of sustainability concepts and theories from the classroom setting to a “real world” setting. Learners will travel to, and engage in, a project where theme includes sustainability and the opportunity to working with a diversity of stakeholders. The field experience will require each student to prepare a detailed study plan, identify evaluative criteria to measure outcomes, and set out the strategy for dissemination/presentation to other students completing the course.

SLM 607 – Thesis

This course represents the writing and oral defense of original thesis research that demonstrates a set of the learning outcomes noted in the proposal. These outcomes include analytical and critical thinking skills, an in-depth understanding of a specific sustainability issue, area, or topic, and a capacity to apply the process of knowledge creation and mobilization.