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Departmental Prerequisites and Criteria for Admission

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. It is expected that most students
    applying for this program will have a B.S. in Hospitality, Recreation, Recreation Therapy or Tourism.
  • If your undergraduate degree is not in one of the fields listed above, you may need some foundational
    courses. This will be determined when your transcript and work experience are evaluated by a Graduate
    Advisor, Graduate Coordinator or the Department Chair.
  • A GPA of 2.75 in last 60 units of course work is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience in one of the HRT fields listed above.
  • This is fully online program. International students should contact the Office of International Admissions to
    find out more about residency requirements. International students must submit an acceptable TOEFL
    minimum score of 550 or above (237 on the Computer-Based TOEFL), or post 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 provide an official letter from the college or university certifying that
    English is the language of instruction.

Application Procedure

In addition to the Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Application and Official Transcripts(must be sent to the office of Admissions), the following documents must be submitted to the department (email to

• A 2 to 5-page personal statement explaining the reasons for pursuing the M.S.
in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism degree, professional goals, knowledge of the profession (changes
needed in the profession, leadership, strategic planning and equity), and how previous study and experience
will contribute to success in this graduate program. (Note: This is a different statement than used for Cal State
Apply and should be focused on each the areas provided above).

• An up-to-date resume detailing professional and academic achievements that includes dates of employment.

• Three current letters of recommendation on the form provided, completed by supervisors or teachers who know you well professionally and can provide detailed information about academic potential and skills (leadership, research, analysis and communication). For more information, please contact:

California State University, East Bay
Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, PE 130
Hayward, CA 94542


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