Comprehensive Exam Policy
Students may elect to take a Comprehensive
Exam in lieu of a thesis or Applied Research Project. Comprehensive
exams may be attempted only one time per semester and for a total of
two (2) times. Students taking the comp. exam must sign-up for RPT 896
the semester before or during which they plan to take the exam. Details
Statistics Competency Policy
All graduate students who plan to complete
a thesis to satisfy culminating experience requirements must take an
advisor-approved upper division statistics class (such as PSY 351, ANTHRO
652, or demonstrate competency in these areas, prior to enrollment approval
for RPT 898. Students enrolled in 895 Professional Project do not need
a statistics class, unless required by their committee. Details
Graduate Program Writing Requirement
In the interest of assisting graduate
students to be successful in their program at SFSU, it is imperative
that all graduate students have or develop writing proficiency. Both
the university and department require that if a writing deficiency exists,
the student shall be expected to complete prescribed courses in English
to improve writing skills, grammar, composition, etc. at a level expected
for a Master's degree. The University Graduate Studies office requires
that each graduate student must demonstrate the ability to write English
correctly and effectively. To assure that each student has the desired
proficiency in written English, two distinct assessments are required
of each department offering a Master's degree. For students in Recreation
the requirements are:
(1) A successful 'pass' on the Level One English Proficiency requirements
upon entrance into the university or in RPT 700
(2) Successful 'pass' and completion of a thesis, applied research project
or written comprehensive examination as an exit requirement.
If you need clarification about writing
requirements please see your graduate advisor or graduate coordinator.
There are also many resources available to you on campus. For example,
some students choose to take an optional English composition or a technical
writing class to hone their skills. Always use your grammar and spell-checking
software for your papers.
Graduate Mandatory Advising Policy
All graduate students must meet with their advisor at the beginning
of each semester in which they are taking classes and get a signed advising
slip. This will help you stay on schedule and help us track and evaluate
our program. RPT instructors will require presentation of this slip
or you will be dropped from class.
Thesis and Applied Research Project Eligibility Policy
To be eligible to take the thesis or Applied
Research Project (ARP) culminating experience option a student must
have: Completed all core and specialized courses, received a grade of
B+ or better for RPT 810 and RPT 880, demonstrated excellent writing
ability in RPT 810 and RPT 880, and complete a basic statistics course.
Electronic Portfolio Policy
Graduate students are required to develop a multimedia Electronic Portfolio
in RPT 700 and present their final version in RPT 880, showing a major
project from each recreation graduate core class. Details
RPT 810 and 880 Prerequisite Policy
Graduate students wishing to enroll in RPT 810 must first have completed
RPT 700 and RPT 730. RPT 700, RPT 720 and RPT 730 a the graduate level
management class must be complete before a student is eligible to enroll
in RPT 880.
Minimum Grade Policy
Required by Graduate Division.
Graduate students are required to have a minimum grade of B- in all
classes shown on their Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form. If a student
receives a grade of less than B- they would need to retake the class
and get a grade of B- or better. In addition, a graduate student must
maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all work completed before the degree
is awarded or admission status may be rescinded by the Graduate Division.
Continuous Enrollment during Culminating Experience
Required by Graduate Division:
Starting in Fall 2008 students entering the Graduate Program must adhere
to the Continuous Enrollment Policy as stated in the bulletin. After
the semester of enrollment in the Culminating Experience and the subsequent
semester, all graduate students are required to maintain continuous
enrollment through the College of Extended Learning (CEL) until the
degree is earned.
Comprehensive Exam Eligibility
Starting in Spring 2010 students must complete and pass, with a grade
of B- or better, all Recreation Master's degree core classes prior to
being eligible to take the comprehensive exam.
Use of RPT 699 and RPT 899 as Electives
Starting in Spring 2011 students may only count up to 3 units
of either RPT 699 or RPT 899 classes towards their required selective
elective courses. RPT 899 cannot be the only graduate (700 or 800) level
course in a student's selective electives.
ARP and Thesis Proposal Submittal Deadlines
Starting in fall 2011 students must:
The deadline for submittal of a complete draft 3-chapter Thesis/ARP
proposal (including any surveys) or the draft 5-chapter thesis or professional
paper to the student's Culminating Experience Committee Chair is November
15 in the fall semester and April 15 in the spring semester.
All Culminating Experience Committee Chairs must review the full 3-chapter
Thesis/ARP Proposal (in addition to the Prospectus) before the student
sends the written Proposal to their committee for review. The Chair
must review, provide feedback and ensure the proposal is complete. This
includes review and feedback for any instruments or research questions
being proposed for study. The written proposal from the student must
be complete prior to sending documents to other committee members. This
policy also takes effect after the project or thesis study is completed
before the final ARP/Thesis Defense. The Committee Chair must review
the 5-chapters and provide feedback to ensure the student has a complete
document prior to circulation to the committee for Final Defense.
Culminating Experience Committee Members must have a minimum of two
weeks from receipt of the complete thesis/ARP proposal or the final
5-chapters document to the student presentation. This time is needed
for adequate review of the documents.
As Of 1/5/12