M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

Master of Science in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

 

Application Open

October, 2023

Term

Fall 2024

Course Duration

2 years

Degree conferred

M.S.

 

Applications are accepted for Fall and Spring semesters. Click Here!

Program Features

The M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism is designed for working adults with previous degrees and work experience in hospitality, recreation, recreation therapy, or tourism. All courses in the graduate program are instructed asynchronously online. Our student-centered faculty are dedicated to helping you become more knowledgeable as well as preparing you to actualize your career goals and aspirations. You will be engaged in each course through a series of interactive asynchronous discussions, assignments, readings, and projects.

Although you will not attend class on a specific day or time, there are ongoing deadlines that must be met for you to successfully complete each course and the program. The online environment requires dedication, good organizational skills, the ability to work independently, and a willingness to ask questions if you need assistance.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with an M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism from CSUEB will be able to:

  • Thinking/Reasoning and Sustainability: Apply evidence-based research to generate effective, sustainable solutions related to management of personnel, facilities, operations, marketing and finance in hospitality, recreation and tourism.
  • Collaboration: Assess exemplary and innovative management, leadership and teamwork strategies for hospitality, recreation and tourism organizations.
  • Specialized Education and Communication: Articulate clearly, in both written and oral formats, the foundations of the hospitality, recreation and tourism professions in terms of theory, philosophy, administrative functions and current management practices.
  • Diversity: Develop a systems approach to create and sustain a culture of dignity and respect among individuals, communities, organizations and hospitality, recreation and tourism industries.
Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

  • 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 Program Director
  • Country Club Director
  • Campus Recreation Director

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

The program provides a strong intellectual core and allows for specialization through research and projects. The graduate program is 30-semester units, ten (10) courses, each three (3) units. Each course is offered once a year, either in the Fall or Spring semester. The courses are eight (8) weeks in length (includes finals week).

Taking 2-3 courses per semester allows a student to progress through the ten (10) courses in four (4) semesters or two (2) years. It will take longer to complete the program for students who elect to take fewer courses per semester to accommodate work schedules and other obligations.

NOTE: The degree must be completed within five (5) years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a grade of “B” or better in each course.

The following table includes examples of road maps for completing the degree in two (2) years or four (4) years.

ROAD MAP – COMPLETING THE PROGRAM IN TWO (2) YEARS:

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

FALL:

FALL:

REC 600 – Foundations of HRT

REC 640 – Law and Risk in HRT

REC 610 – Strategic Leadership and Ethics in HRT

REC 650 – Fiscal Management in HRT

 

REC 660 – Sustainable Solutions in HRT

SPRING:

SPRING:

REC 620 – Organizational Development in HRT

REC 670 – Advanced Marketing in HRT

REC 630 – Advanced Data-Driven Decision Making in HRT

REC 680 – Trends and Issues in HRT

 

REC 693 – Applied Research Project**

 

ROAD MAP – COMPLETING THE PROGRAM IN FOUR (4) YEARS:

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

FALL:

FALL:

REC 600 – Foundations of HRT

REC 610 – Strategic Leadership and Ethics in HRT

SPRING:

SPRING:

REC 620 – Organizational Development in HRT

REC 630 – Advanced Data-Driven Decision Making in HRT

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

FALL:

FALL:

REC 640 – Law and Risk in HRT

REC 650 – Fiscal Management in HRT

 

REC 660 – Sustainable Solutions in HRT

SPRING:

SPRING:

REC 670 – Advanced Marketing in HRT

REC 693 – Applied Research Project**

REC 680 – Trends and Issues in HRT

 


NOTE – Class Order:

  1. Start with REC 600, if possible.

  2. There is no specific order for the other courses.

  3. REC 693 is the capstone course and should be taken in the student’s final Spring semester.


**An Academic Advisor can help you develop an individualized road map upon acceptance to the program.


COST OF ATTENDANCE

Estimated Graduate Tuition and Fees for Full-time Graduate Students, for 2022-2023

For more details, go to http://www.csueastbay.edu/financialaid/prospective-students1/cost-of-attendance.html

UNIVERSITY GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies are in accordance with University regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations.

Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment:

  1. Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities.

  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.

  3. Have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units attempted).

  4. Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

    English Language Requirement:

    All graduate applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction, must demonstrate proof of English proficiency.

    Cal State East Bay standards for Graduate Students are:

TWO (2)- STEP APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1: University Application Procedure:

  1. The University Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Application is located at https://www.calstate.edu/apply. There is a non-refundable application fee of $70 (the amount is subject to change and may not be transferred to another term).
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (this includes all institutions before and after the bachelor’s degree) must be sent to the Office of Admission, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, CA 94542. For more information: Office of Admissions, 510-885-3500, gradadmission@csueastbay.edu

STEP 2: Departmental Application Procedure:

In addition to the University application, the following required documents must be submitted directly to the HRT department by email only (hrt-graduate@csueastbay.edu):

  1. Personal Statement – A two-(2) to five (5)-page personal statement explaining the reasons for pursuing the M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism degree including, but not limited to:
    1. professional goals,
    2. knowledge of the profession (ex. changes needed in the profession, leadership, strategic planning, and equity), and
    3. how previous study and experience will contribute to success in this graduate program.
  2. Resume – An up-to-date resume must detail professional and academic achievements that include dates of employment.
  3. Recommendations – Three (3) Recommendation Forms must be completed by recent supervisors, instructors, or professors (after high school) who know you best professionally and who can provide detailed information about your academic potential and skills (leadership, research, analysis, and communication). After they have completed the form, have them email the completed recommendation forms to hrt-graduate@csueastbay.edu.
  4. Phone/Zoom Interview – A phone/Zoom interview with the HRT Graduate Program Committee or Coordinator will include questions and clarifications surrounding your application as well as your qualifications. The interview will be scheduled on a day and time that is convenient for both and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Information about the department application can also be found at: http://www.csueastbay.edu/hrt/grad/apply.html

APPLICATION AND DOCUMENT DEADLINES

Applications are accepted for the Fall (Due June 1) and Spring (Due October 1) semesters. Late applications are not accepted by the department. For more details, refer to http://www.csueastbay.edu/admissions/documents-deadlines-and-important-information/application-and-doc-deadlines/index.html

For more information, please contact:

Jaesung An, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, PE 130, Hayward, CA 94542
hrt-graduate@csueastbay.edu