Program: M.S., Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management
The master’s degree program is intended for persons interested in developing and/or improving their knowledge of recreation management, hospitality management or tourism management. It is designed for those seeking advancement in their career settings or a change in career settings. The selection of courses allows students to “specialize” in one of two specializations: (a) Recreational Sport Management/Recreation Management or (b) Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management.
The specialization in Recreational Sport Management/Recreation Management is designed to prepare graduate students for leadership roles in the recreational sport management industry. The program provides students the background in leadership for organizations that provide recreation and leisure services in a wide variety of venues. Career interest in managing campus recreational sport, outdoor adventure organizations, fitness clubs, and other recreational facilities and sport organizations fit well with this concentration. Taught by faculty with professional experience and academic expertise creates the right blend of theory and practice.
The specialization in Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management is designed to prepare graduate students for leadership roles in the global tourism travel and hospitality industry. The program provides students the background in tourism planning, sustainability, global tourism issues, cultural tourism and how these relate to the supporting travel and hospitality industries. The program provides leaders a combination of theory with practical applications for the diverse tourism field.
A. General Requirements for Admission to the Master’s Program
Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, Recreational Sport Management or allied field(s). Students not so qualified must successfully complete a prescribed program with a GPA of 3.0. University requirements must be met for promotion to Classified status. Graduate admission in the Fall semester only.
B. Course Requirements
1. Required Core Courses (13 units)
RTM 540 Human Resources in Recreational Sport and Tourism (3)
RTM 550 Marketing and Promotions in Recreational Sport and Tourism (3)
RTM 684 Research Methods and Design (3)
RTM 693A Supervised Internship I (2)
RTM 693B Supervised Internship II (3)
2. Required Specialization Courses (12 units)
Select (a) Recreational Sport Management/Recreation Management or (b) Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management.
a. Recreational Sport Management/Recreation Management
RTM 520 Trends and Issues in Recreational Sport (3)
RTM 560 Facility Design in Recreational Sport (3)
RTM 600 Law, Risk Management and Ethics in Recreational Sport (3)
RTM 620 Effective Teams and Leaders in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Organizations (3)
b. Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management
RTM 510 Trends and Issues in Hospitality and Tourism (3)
RTM 530 Cultural Aspects and Global Perspectives in Tourism (3)
RTM 580 Seminar in Tourism Planning: A Cultural and International Perspective (3)
RTM 610 Sustainability in Hospitality & Tourism (3)
3. Additional Elective (3 units)
Select 3 units from graduate catalog listings according to career specialization and in consultation with an academic advisor.
4. Culminating Experience (2-3 units)
Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 30-31
Chair: Al Wright
Staff: Lora Hnat
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
Graduate Coordinator: Mechelle Best
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate critical thinking, including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation within the recreation, hospitality and/or tourism industry(ies) through a variety of pedagogies.
- Apply knowledge of the economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts of hospitality, tourism and/or recreation experience to real world settings or problems.
- Obtain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a career in the tourism, hospitality and/or recreation industry(ies) as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of research projects, coursework and internships.