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2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, M.S. (Online Only Program)

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Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, M.S. Program

Program Description

In our diverse world, managing organizations has become more complex. A master’s degree provides an in-depth understanding of the fast-paced, increasingly difficult challenges in the world of recreation, hospitality and tourism. Through exploring literature, theories, and methods of scientific data collection, our graduates will be prepared for the working world’s legal, personnel and ethical dilemmas.

This innovative program is offered completely online. Using interactive learning activities, courses are designed to challenge and inspire intellectual growth. Because the courses are all online, students can attend class when they are ready to learn rather than at a specific time, such as in the evening after a full day of work.

The courses are offered Executive Style, meaning that students take two 7-week, 3-unit courses consecutively for 4 semesters (with the exception of the Applied Reasearch Project, which is offered during the 3rd and 4th semesters). 

The program is not self-paced; discussions happen asynchronously and students complete weekly assignments. This learning method is different in that students are not only receivers of knowledge but are more actively engaged in their own learning. Students will be asked not only to absorb facts and theories but to discover and create knowledge that is useful in the real world.

Prerequisites and Criteria for Admission

Students apply to the university and the department. Only individuals with two or more years of experience in the field should apply

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. It is expected that most students applying for this program will have a BS in Hospitality, Recreation or Tourism.
  • If your undergraduate degree is not in Hospitality, Recreation or Tourism, you may need some foundational courses. The courses will be determined when a graduate adviser or the department chair evaluates your transcripts and work experience.
  • GPA of 2.75 in last 60 hours of course work is required.
  • Must have 2 years of work experience in hospitality, recreation and/or tourism.
  • Acceptable TOEFL minimum score of 550 for International Students, or a score above 237 on the Computer-Based TOEFL, 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 an official letter from the college or university certifying that English is the language of instruction.

In addition to the University Graduate Application and official transcripts from all institutions attended, individuals should submit the following application materials to the department. Admission to the University and admission to the M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism are separate but simultaneous steps.

  • A two to five page personal statement explaining reasons for pursuing the M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, professional goals, knowledge of the profession, and how previous study and experience will contribute to academic success in this program.
  • Three current letters of recommendation from individuals who know you professionally. At least one should be from an immediate supervisor and one should come from someone who knows your academic abilities.
  • Current resume detailing professional and academic achievements.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Previous work experience in hospitality, recreation and/or tourism.
  • GPA in previous academic study.
  • Related undergraduate degree.
  • Concise, clear personal statement related to the reason you want to pursue this degree; connection between professional goals of the student, previous academic study, job experience and this program; discussion of potential benefits of the degree; identification of needed changes you would like to see in the profession; references to leadership, strategic planning, and equity; references to equity; and quality of writing.
  • Information from three current references related to knowledge of the profession, professional work experience and academic potential.

Advancement to Candidacy

Three categories of student status reflect student progress toward the degree: “Conditionally Classified Graduate” student, “Classified Graduate” student, and “Advancement to Candidacy” student.

  1. Students achieve “Conditionally Classified Graduate” status when they have been admitted to the M.S. degree in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism program but have not yet completed the prerequisites for “Classified Graduate” status for the degree.
  2. Students achieve “Classified Graduate” status when they have satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
  3. Students are Advanced to Candidacy when they have completed the required courses with a 3.0 or better GPA.

Note: Students who fail to maintain progress by falling below a 3.0 GPA in program graduate courses for two or more consecutive semesters will be academically disqualified from the university. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within 5 years.

Granting the Degree

Upon satisfaction of all requirements for the degree, the department will recommend that the candidate be granted the M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. Students must file for graduation by the second week of the semester prior to the semester in which they expect to graduate.

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 Director • Country Club Director


Our student-centered department has designed this master’s degree for working adults. All courses are offered completely online. Students from many different geographical areas can enroll in the prorgam. Moreover, our friendly, accessible faculty will advise you about meeting all requirements in the most efficient manner. We have excellent industry contacts and can help you plan your future advancement in our profession as all of our faculty have been industry professionals. We are dedicated to helping you relaize your dreams.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.
  2. Assess exemplary and innovative management, leadership and teamwork strategies for hospitality, recreation and tourism organizations.
  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.
  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.

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the University requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 70% unit residence requirement; the five-year rule on currency of subject matter; the minimum number of units in 600-level courses; the “C” minimum grade for each graduate course; the 3.00 cumulative grade point average; and the University Writing Skills Requirement.

Note: For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call (510) 885-3661.

Department Courses Listed by Course Type

Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Courses

Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

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Hospitality and Tourism


Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism: Graduate

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