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M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

Master of Science in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

A 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.
  • Program is designed for those already working in the field or those 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. Most courses are 8 weeks in length (7 weeks plus 1 week of finals);
with the exception of 693A and 693B, which are each 16 weeks in length. One eight-week course will be
offered the first half of the Fall and Spring semesters, and another class will be offered the second half.

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.

Road map for students who want to complete the program in 2 years

Fall (1st year)
REC 600 Foundations of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)
REC 610 Strategic Leadership and Ethics in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)

Spring (1st year)
REC 620 – Organizational Development in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)
REC 630 – Research Methods in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)

Fall (2nd year)
REC 640 – Law and Risk in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)
REC 650 – Fiscal Management in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)
REC 693A – Applied Research Project Proposal (16 weeks)

Spring (2nd year)
REC 660 – Sustainable Solutions in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)
REC 670 – Advanced Marketing in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (8 weeks)
REC 693B – Applied Research Project Findings and Conclusions (16 weeks)

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

How Do I Apply?

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