Purpose and Mission
develop leaders and advocates for individual development and social
change who will serve as catalysts to: (1) Advance the recreation, parks
and tourism professions, and (2) improve leisure opportunities and quality
of life, through entrepreneurial and collaborative approaches that link
theory and practice. This will be accomplished through a strong foundation
of education, service and research based on cutting edge knowledge that
fosters creative and critical thinking.
in the Masters of Science Degree in Recreation will:
Examine and develop collaborative and entrepreneurial leadership behaviors
that advance the recreation, parks and tourism profession and society.
Acquire the ability to apply fiscal, budgetary, marketing and human
resource knowledge and skills to meet present and future organizational
needs and challenges.
Acquire knowledge of theories, models and paradigms for explaining the
past, present and future of leisure, and the ability to translate and
apply these to recreation, parks and tourism programs and services.
Demonstrate the ability to: A) Design and conduct research, B) analyze
and interpret data, and C) apply findings to advancing knowledge through
linking theory and practice to improve the recreation, parks and tourism
5. Quality of Life
Appraise and promote the importance and benefits of leisure, recreation,
parks and tourism to enhance the well-being of individuals, community
and the environment.
Preparation and Admission Standards
is desirable that applicants for candidacy for the Master of Science in
Recreation have completed a Bachelor's degree in Recreation. A degree
in a related field, however (e.g., Creative Arts, Natural Science, Physical
Education, Public Administration, Park Planning, Social Welfare, etc.)
may be accepted provided such applicants demonstrate, through experience
and/or training, professional skills and qualifications for the field
Because Master's degree work in Recreation is based upon professional
experience in the field, no application for candidacy for the Master of
Science program will be processed unless the applicant has had a minimum
of one year, or the equivalent, of successful full-time paid employment
in recreation, parks, tourism or a closely allied field.
lacking satisfactory field experiences, professional preparation or
an appropriate undergraduate degree may be required to complete indicated
undergraduate courses and requirements to become eligible for consideration.
Such units may NOT be counted as part of the total number of units required
for the Master's degree.
Advancement to Candidacy
for admission to the Master of Science in Recreation must meet all college
requirements for graduate students as listed in the University Bulletin
and on the SFSU website (www.sfsu.edu).
lacking successful field experiences, professional preparation, full-time
paid experience, and/or a related undergraduate degree may be required
to complete one or more undergraduate courses and/or experience requirements
to become eligible for consideration.
be considered for admission, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in a baccalaurete
degree or for the last 60 units (90 quarterly units) of undergraduate
work, or submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 4.0 or above on
the Analytical Writing portion. With a GPA above 3.0 an applicant does
not need to take the GRE.
must also submit the following documents to the department:
1) Three letters of recommendation
2) Statement of career goals and purpose
and transcripts of all academic work
4) Separate recreation graduate program application
must also apply separately to the University.
Students admitted to the department under "conditionally classified
status" may achieve fully classified status after meeting the conditions
set by the department for admission to classified status. Such conditions
vary by student experience and undergraduate degree, and may include
(a) prerequisite course requirements, such as RPT 400, RPT 410, RPT
500 and RPT 520, or judged equivalents and/or others deemed necessary;
(b) full-time work experience in the field, or judged equivalent, within
a specified time frame; and/or (c) a grade of B or better in two graduate
English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: Students have two options to satisfy Level One of
the Written English Proficiency Requirement.
a score of 4.0 or above on the Analytical Writing portion of the Graduate
Record Exam (GRE) OR submit a writing sample (essay), in addition
to the Statement of Purpose on the Recreation application form, and
receive a score of 4.0 or above on a six point holistic grading scale.
Upon receipt of an applicants complete admission materials, the department
will email them two issues in the recreation, parks, or tourism fields
of study and they will be required to describe arguments related to
one issue and support their views in a written essay (writing sample).
The writing sample will consist of a 1,000 to 1,250 word response and
will be evaluated by department faculty.
Two: Assessment of Level Two writing proficiency takes place near
the end of the student's course of study, and is based on performance
on either the written comprehensive exam, applied research project,
or a thesis.
In addition to meeting all general requirements, applicants must have:
1. Completed at least 12 units of post-baccalaurete work with a minimum
grade point average of 3.0.
2. Developed an approved plan and made substantial progress toward meeting
work experience requirements as specified by the department.
3. Fulfilled conditions set by the department for admission to classified
4. Prepared and filed an Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form. The ATC
is determined in conjunction with the student's graduate advisor, and
is subject to approval by the department Graduate Coordinator.
are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all post-baccalaureate
may develop, under advisement, an emphasis in a special area of recreation
through selection of appropriate courses in the contract program, in
addition to the core requirements. (See Additional Requirements on reverse).
FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132
CURRICULUM IN-EFFECT, AS OF FALL 2010
requirements for the Master of Science Degree are listed in the Graduate
Studies section of the Bulletin. Proposed changes to the Recreation
Graduate Degree Program are currently under reveiw. Current Graduate
Division and RPT Department requirements are summarized below:
Core Requirement Units
(9 UNITS OF REQUIRED COURSES)
RPT 700 - Orientation and Professional
RPT 720 - Developing Collaborative Leaders In Leisure Services
RPT 730 - Foundations of Leisure
(12 UNITS OF REQUIRED COURSES)
RPT 810 - Research Methods in Recreation
and Leisure Studies
RPT 850 - Human Resources Development in Leisure Services
RPT 862 - Management of Leisure Services
RPT 880 - Trends and Issues in Leisure Services
OF SPECIALIZATION *
Selected courses with advisor approval
(maximum of 3 units of upper division undergraduate courses)
(3 UNITS; SELECT ONE OPTION)
B. Applied Research Project
C. Comprehensive Exam
UNITS = 33
LEVEL TWO ENGLISH WRITING PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
can satisfy Level Two English Writing Proficiency requirements by writing
an approved thesis or professional paper related to an applied research
project, or pass a written comprehensive exam during their last semester.
A thesis or professional paper also required passing an oral defense
of their work. The written comprehensive exam broadly assesses the student's
integration and synthesis of required foundation and professional core
content. The comprehensive written examination may be attempted a total
of two times.
*Classes taken in your area of specialization must be approved in writing
by your advisor.
Suggested Areas of Specialization
Convention & Special Event Management
Eco-Tourism and Resorts
Leisure Education & Counseling
Leisure & Recreation Resource Management
Leisure Service Finance & Budgeting
Leisure Services & Resource Planning
Leisure Marketing & Public Relations
Nonprofit Organization Administration
for Aging Populations
Special Needs Populations
Urban Recreation and Parks