Graduate Program

Master of Science in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

The Master of Science in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism provides an in-depth understanding of the fast-paced, increasingly difficult challenges in the world of hospitality and recreation. The program prepares students for management positions in the fields of hospitality, tourism, recreation, and recreation therapy.

Why Should You Get a Masters Degree in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism at CSU East Bay?

  • Courses are completed online to allow students to work full-time while in the program.
  • The program is designed for those already working in the field or those with some industry experience who are looking to make a career change.
  • Students develop an understanding of the theoretical foundations of the field and learn to apply theory to practice.
  • Courses focus on developing leadership, communication, data-driven decision-making, and critical thinking skills through immersion in industry relevant curriculum.
  • Passionate faculty, with education and experience in the field, are student-centered and committed to student learning and success.
  • Graduates enjoy opportunities for career advancement, contribute to the quality of life of participants, interact with various cultures, and increase the positive impact of the hospitality, tourism, recreation, and recreation therapy fields.

Program Learning Objectives

Students who graduate with an M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism from CSUEB will be able to:
1. Apply evidence-based research to generate effective, sustainable solutions related to management of
personnel, facilities, operations, marketing and finance in hospitality, recreation and tourism.
(Thinking/Reasoning and Sustainability)
2. Assess exemplary and innovative management, leadership and teamwork strategies for hospitality,
recreation and tourism organizations. (Collaboration)
3. 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. (Specialized Education and Communication)
4. Develop a systems approach to create and sustain a culture of dignity and respect among individuals,
communities, organizations and hospitality, recreation and tourism industries. (Diversity)

What Does the Program Entail?

Program Features
The M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism was designed for working adults with previous degrees and/or work experience in hospitality, recreation, recreation therapy, or tourism. The graduate courses are offered completely online. Our student-centered faculty are dedicated to helping you become more knowledgeable and prepared to realize your dreams. You will be engaged in class through a series of interactive asynchronous discussions, assignments, readings and projects.
Although you are not required to attend class on a specific day or time, there are ongoing deadlines that must be met for you to succeed. The online environment requires dedication, good organizational skills, ability to work independently and willingness to ask questions if you need help.


The program is designed to provide a strong intellectual core, and to allow specialization through research and projects. The graduate program is 30 semester units, 10 courses of 3 units each. Each class is offered once a year, either in the Fall or Spring semester. Courses are 7 weeks in length (plus 1 week of finals). One or two 7-week courses will be offered the first half of the Fall and Spring semesters, and another 7-week course will be offered the second half of each semester.

Taking 2-3 classes per semester allows a student to progress through the 10 classes in 4 semesters (2 years). It will take longer to complete the program for students who elect to take fewer classes per term to accommodate work schedules and other obligations. The degree must be completed within 5 years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a grade of “B” or better in each class. The University Writing Skills Requirement must be completed prior to graduation.

Prerequisites and Criteria for Admission

Interview with the HRT Graduate Program Committee. In a required Zoom interview with the HRT Graduate Program Committee, you will be asked for clarification about your application as well as your qualifications. The interview will be scheduled on a day and time convenient for everyone and will last approximately 30 minutes.


Fall (1st year)
REC 600 Foundations of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
REC 610 Strategic Leadership and Ethics in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

Spring (1st year)
REC 620 – Organizational Development in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
REC 630 – Advanced Data Driven Decision Making in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

Fall (2nd year)
REC 640 – Law and Risk in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
REC 650 – Fiscal Management in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
REC 680 – Trends and Issues in HRT

Spring (2nd year)
REC 660 – Sustainable Solutions in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
REC 670 – Advanced Marketing in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
REC 693 – Applied Research Project Findings and Conclusions

Class Order
1. Start with REC 600 if possible, the Foundations class.
2. The three research classes must be taken in order (REC 630, 680 and 693).
3. Ideally, REC 693 should be the last class taken
4. Other than these four classes (REC 600, 630, 680 and 693), there is no specific order of classes.

How Do I Apply?