Recreation and Tourism
- Department Information
- Program Description
- Career Possibilities
- Advancement to Candidacy
- M.S. in Recreation and Tourism
- Other Degree Requirements
- Graduate Courses
Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
College of Education and Allied Studies
Office: Kinesiology and Physical Education Bldg. 130
Phone: (510) 885-3043
Melany Spielman (Chair), Ph.D. University of Oregon
Doris D. Yates, Ph.D. Michigan State University
Mary F. Fortune, Ed.D. University of San Francisco
Zaher Hallab, Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Christopher Chamberlain, D.M. University of Phoenix
Nancy B. White, Ph.D. University of New Mexico
In our very diverse world, managing organizations is increasingly more complex. A Master's of Science in Recreation and Tourism will provide an in-depth to understanding of the fast moving, increasingly-complex challenges in the world of recreation. Through exploring the literature and theories, and how to scientifically gather data to make informed decisions, graduates will be better prepared for the world's legal, personal, and ethical dilemmas presented in their work environments. This program is offered fully online. It will make use of interactive, online learning activities designed to challenge and inspire growth. Students "come" to "class" at times when they are ready to learn-not at a specific time in the evening after working all day. It is not a self-paced program. Discussions happen asynchronously. One might log on at 10 p.m. or find a classmate is awake and doing work online at 4 a.m. after he got off the night shift. This way of learning is different. You are not only the receiver of knowledge, but now you are asked to be more actively engaged in your own learning. You will be asked not only to absorb, but also to discover and create knowledge. The role of the instructor is the designer of these learning challenges. This is much more like what happens in the real world of work.
The program is designed to provide a strong intellectual core, but also to allow specialization via projects.
This program is 45 units, 10 courses of 4.5 units each and two courses will be offered each quarter. It is possible to complete this program in 5 quarters, although some students will want more time to accommodate their work schedules. The degree must be completed within 5 years.
The faculty is committed to students' success, both in work and graduate school. The courses will be offered once a year, 2 courses each of all four quarters.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.S. in Recreation and Tourism from Cal State East Bay will:
- Be able to identify challenges in personnel, program, and logistics areas and be able to use data gathered to make decisions quickly and accurately;
- Be able to assess industry trends, and market conditions and know how to lead their employees and organizations to make improvements to service;
- Be able to thoroughly discuss the theoretical foundations of leisure, hospitality, and tourism and how they work together to increase the quality of life of people;
- Be exemplary leaders concerned about social justice and dignity for customers, staff, and stakeholders.
- Recreation Program Manager
- Youth Sports Manager
- Event Manager
- Meetings and Conference Manager
- Aquatics Manager
- Senior Center Manager
- Resort Manager
- Retirement Community Program Director
- Camp Director
- Preschool Director
- After-school Director
- Country Club Manager
Our student-centered department has designed this masters degree for working adults. All of our courses are offered totally online. We are dedicated to helping you realize your dreams. Our friendly, accessible faculty will advise you about meeting all requirements in the most efficient manner. We have excellent industry contacts and can help you plan your future advancement in our profession. All our faculty have been Leisure and Hospitality industry professionals.
Prerequisites and Criteria for admission:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. It is expected that most students applying for this program will have a BS in Recreation. If your undergraduate degree is not in Recreation or Hospitality, you may need some foundational courses. This will be determined when your transcript and work experience are evaluated by a graduate advisor or the department chair.
- GPA of 2.75 in last 60 hours of course work is required.
- Must have 2 years of work experience in the field
- Acceptable TOEFL minimum score of 550 (International Students) or above(237 on the Computer-Based TOEFL), or by posting an official transcript showing graduation with a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university where English is the principal language of instruction, or by an official letter from the college or university certifying that English is the language of instruction.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
- Current resume
In addition to the University Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Application, all applicants should submit to the department
- personal statement explaining their reasons for wanting to pursue the M.S. in Recreation and Tourism degree,
- an up-to-date resume detailing professional and academic achievements, and
- three letters of recommendations from those who know them best in a professional light. At least one should be from a superior (immediate supervisor) and one should come from someone who knows their academic abilities.
Admission to the University and admission to the M.S. in Recreation and Tourism degree are separate but simultaneous steps.
There are three categories of student status, which reflect student progress toward the degree: "Conditionally Classified Graduate" student, "Classified Graduate" student, and "Advancement to Candidacy" student.
- Students achieve "Conditionally Classified Graduate" status when they have been admitted to the M.S. in Recreation and Tourism degree program, but have not yet completed the prerequisites for "Classified Graduate" status in the M.S. in Recreation and Tourism.
- Students achieve "Classified Graduate" status when they have satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
- Students are advanced to Candidacy when they have completed the required courses with a 3.0 or better GPA.
Note: Students who fail to maintain progress by falling below a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses for two or more consecutive quarters will be academically disqualified from the university. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within 5 years.
Granting the Degree
Upon satisfaction of all requirements for the degree, the department will recommend that the candidate be granted the Degree of Master of Recreation and Tourism. Students must file for graduation by the second week of the quarter prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate.
The Masters of Science in Recreation and Tourism consists of 45 units.
Required Courses (45 units)
- REC 6000 Research Methods in Leisure Studies (4.5)
- REC 6100 Philosophical Foundations and Theories of Leisure (4.5)
- REC 6200 Strategies in Staff Supervision (4.5)
- REC 6300 Organizational Development in Leisure (4.5)
- REC 6400 Current Management Topics in Leisure (4.5)
- REC 6500 Critical Analysis of Leisure Research (4.5)
- REC 6600 Trends and Forecasts in Leisure (4.5)
- REC 6700 Advanced Social Justice and Professional Ethics (4.5)
- REC 6800 Strategic Leadership in Leisure (4.5)
- REC 6901 Graduate Synthesis (4.5) OR REC 6909 Departmental Thesis (4.5)
Students completing the departmental thesis may either sign up individually or with a faculty advisor. Departmental thesis is directed by one faculty member. Two copies of the departmental thesis are required for the department.
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information chapter in this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, and the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6000||Research Methods in Leisure Studies (4.5)
Theory of qualitative and quantitative research and their design methodologies. Essential elements of applied research in the field of leisure, including statistical analyses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6100||Philosophical Foundations and Theories of Leisure (4.5)
Examination of leisure theories through time, history of the profession. Organizational and community contexts of leisure, roles and socialization, natural and constructed environments. The relationship of leisure to family, work, subcultures, and resources. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6200||Strategies in Staff Supervision (4.5)
Examination of basic motivation, individual differences (including culture, race, ability, sexual orientation), employee growth, and social interaction. Implications for developmental intervention and human services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6300||Organizational Development in Leisure (4.5)
Exploration of the strategic role of systems theory in organizational development and the wider scope of creating strong communities through systems in recreation and leisure services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6400||Current Management Topics in Leisure (4.5)
Examination of post-industrial management practices and emerging fields of study that influence the management of recreation and leisure organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6500||Critical Analysis of Leisure Research (4.5)
An analysis of leisure research and its application in the work of leisure professionals. Examination of recent research in leisure and its appropriate application into the best practices in the field. Prerequisite: REC 6000, Graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
|6600||Trends and Forecasts in Leisure (4.5)
Examination of societal trends and their impact on the leisure profession, including demographics, economics, policy, and politics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6700||Advanced Social Justice and Professional Ethics (4.5)
Exploration of theories of social justice and equity underlying societal, political, and economic conditions which affect the leisure field. Strategies to identify and rectify injustices. Investigation of professional ethics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6800||Strategic Leadership in Leisure (4.5)
Study of leadership of large, multifaceted organizations, including establishment of organizational structure, allocation of resources, and communication of strategic vision. Leisure's potential positive impact on current societal problems. Prerequisites: REC 6000, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, 6700; Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6901||Graduate Synthesis (4.5)
Problem definition, review of literature, data collection and analysis, and findings for developing a field-based project in leisure management. Prerequisites: REC 6000, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, 6700; and must be advanced to candidacy.
|6909||Departmental Thesis (4.5)
Development and writing of a research paper for submission to the department, which specifies its format. Supervision by a department committee, at least one of whom must be a member of the graduate faculty. Oral defense is required. Prerequisites: REC 6000, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, 6700, and must be advanced to candidacy.
|6999||Issues in Recreation and Tourism (4)
Readings, discussion, research, and applications on contemporary and/or significant issues in Recreation and Tourism. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.