Master of Parks Management

  • Upcoming start dates

    November Summer School - 11 Nov 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification

    Taught and Research Master's

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Develop the parks-specific knowledge, cultural competencies, and business capabilities to succeed in leadership and management roles within the parks (and related) sectors.

Study for free

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Part time study options may be available. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

About this programme

The study of parks management is closely aligned with natural resource management, indigenous planning and development and outdoor recreation management.

The Master of Parks Management will prepare you for mid-and-senior-level management roles.

This distinctive, interdisciplinary programme offers a suite of options that provide important social, cultural, environmental and business contexts to parks management.

Depending on your background, occupational aspirations, and area of interest, you can choose how you would like to specialise, with options including ecology, environmental management, recreation and tourism and climate change in regard to parks management. 

How you’ll grow

  • Critically analyse and synthesise concepts and frameworks to evaluate resource management approaches and practices relevant to the parks sector.
  • Interpret and assess the relationship between parks, policy and resource management, including indigenous perspectives.
  • Appraise the legal, political, institutional, economic and socio-cultural contexts of parks with management.
  • Understand ecological and environmental principles relevant to the management of New Zealand ecosystems.
  • Apply business, organisational and environmental management practices to the parks sector.

Career opportunities

The sector has identified a critical shortage of qualified parks management professionals. Potential employers include central and local government, iwi authorities and other Māori organisations, conservation trusts, and private sector and community organisations.

Programme structure

The Master of Parks Management is a 180-credit taught master's degree, delivered on-campus, with some online learning options. 

The programme can be completed within 12 months (if you start in November) or 18 months (if you start in February or July).

Compulsory courses - 80 credits (four courses)

List A - 40 credits (at least two courses) from the following: 

List B - 40 credits (at least two courses) from the following:

Plus one elective course (20 credits) from the schedule of Master's degree courses offered at Lincoln University.  

Programme information


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Programme contacts

Emma Stewart

Dr Emma J. Stewart

Stephen Espiner

Dr Stephen Espiner

Associate Professor

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