Students who applied
to the Recreation Graduate program should have recieved an email about
their admission status from the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism.
If they can be considered for candidacy, the email includes information
about their status in satisfying Level One Graduate Engligh Requirements.
If this English requirement is not yet complted they will be instructed
on additional information to provide. As soon as the student received
the Final Admission Decision Form they should:
the forms carefully. Note on the Admission Decision Form if they have
been admitted as a "Classified" standing student or as "Conditionally
Conditionally Classified, notice the prerequisite classes and/or work
expedience they must complete before a student can advance to classified
status. Conditionally classified students cannot take any 800 level graduate
classes, but can take 700 level and undergraduate courses. It is important
to take the prerequisite classes as soon as possible in your grad program.
See the course rotation to learn when these are
email from the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT) assigns
an initial advisor and has contact information. The student must
contact this professor prior to the start of your first semester so you
can make an appointment to help answer questions you have about your first
semester in the program and initial courses to take.
to the beginning of the first semester the SFSU Graduate Division holds
an extensive new SFSU graduate student orientation. To determine
the exact date go to: http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/. We strongly urge
students to attend this!
email from the RPT Department should provides a date for the RPT new
recreation graduate student orientation. This 2 hour session will
cover information about our graduate program and the student will be able
to meet some faculty members. We require new students to attend this program
the first or second semester the new student will be required to take
RPT 700, Orientation and Professional Development, a class in which they
will develop an initial list of courses to take in the grad program and
career plan. Students will also be introduced to some current graduate
students and professionals in the Bay Area. RPT 700 is offered just in
the fall semester.
do all six of the steps below it will help make the new student's transition
into the recreation graduate program a smooth and successful one.
STEPS & DEADLINES FOR NEW STUDENTS
1. Students must
satisfy Level One English Proficiency Requirements: Students
have two options to satisfy Level One of the Written English Proficiency
A. Submit a score of four (4.0) or above on the Analytical Writing portion
of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
B. In addition to the Statement of Purpose on the Recreation Graduate
Admission application, submit a writing sample and receive a score of
four (4.0) or above on a 6 point holistic grading scale. Upon receipt
of an applicant's admission materials, the department will email them
two issues in the recreation, parks and tourism field 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
must consist of a 750 to 1,250 word response that will be evaluated
by department faculty.
If a students is accepted without satisfying Level One of the Written
English Proficiency Requirement they will be admitted as conditionally
classified, and will be required to obtain a B or better in RPT 700,
a writing-intensive course that all new students must take within their
first two semesters after admission.
the Recreation Graduate Program website (www.sfsu.edu/~recdept/gradhm.htm)
and click on the Course Rotation link. Review when core and prerequisite
classes are offered.
3. See your
advisor, discuss the classes to take the current or next semester.
At the first advising session. Get an Advising Planning Sheet
signed by your advisor documenting the student has a course plan for
that semester. The RPT department has a mandatory advising requirement,
which means each stduent must see their advisor each semester before
the beginning of the semester.
taking specialization classes early in your graduate program.
Students must see their advisor to get his/her OK before taking a specialization
class. Do not wait until you have finished taking all
core classes before taking specialization courses.
2 or 3 semesters complete the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form.
For the ATC and other steps in the recreation graduate program for continuing
students see the Continuing Students web
to consider culminating experience options, a thesis, applied
research project or comprehensive exam. Click the following link to
learn about Thesis, ARP and Comprehensive
Exam Eligibility Policy and Criteria.
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
New Graduate Student Orientation Checklist
The following is
critically important information for new Recreation Graduate Students
to understand at the start of their graduate program. The items below
show basic information and requirements for new students.
__ I, as a new
recreation graduate student applicant, understand that newly admitted
students must complete Level One English Proficiency requirements prior
__ My graduate
advisor is ___________________________ .
__ I understand
that I must meet with my advisor once each semester for mandatory advising
to discuss your plan for classes and progress toward degree.
__ I have met
with my graduate advisor, or will do so in the next two weeks, to identify
a 4-5 semester plan of courses to take.
__ I have reviewed
the recreation graduate program course rotation and can determine when
core classes are offered in the future.
__ If I am conditionally
classified, I know what semester and time of day prerequisite classes
are offered for next semester.
__ I have visited
the Recreation Graduate Student website and can navigate to the web
page for New Graduate Students and the page on Graduate Policies.
__ After completing
12 units of core or emphasis classes I realize I will need to submit
my Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form.