Admission Information

Departmental Prerequisites and Criteria for Admission to the M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

  • 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, the 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

  1. Complete the Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Application
  2. Send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to the Office of Admissions
  3. Email the following required department application documents to
    • A 2 to 5-page personal statement explaining the reasons for pursuing the M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, your professional goals, and demonstrating your industry knowledge through discussion of changes needed in the profession (leadership, strategic planning, and equity). Make a strong connection between your academic background, work experience in one or more HRT industries, and how that knowledge will contribute to your success in this graduate program.
    • An up-to-date resume detailing professional and academic achievements that includes titles, organization names, dates of employment, and responsibilities.
    • 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, email the Graduate Program Coordinator at