Master of Science Degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management
The graduate program is intended for persons interested in developing and/or improving their knowledge of recreational sport management or hospitality, travel and tourism. Students progress through the program as a cohort and are actively engaged in courses and internships on evenings and weekends. The graduate program offers two specializations:
- Tourism Management
- Recreational Sport Management
The graduate program is intended to prepare students for professional careers as directors, managers, supervisors, or coordinators in travel/tourism and hospitality, event planning, recreational sport management, recreation facility management, nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations, campus recreation, outdoor education and adventure recreation, public recreation, and human service agencies. This graduate program is not intended to prepare students for careers in professional or collegiate sport programs.
Graduate Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation within the recreation, hospitality and/or tourism industry (ies) through a variety of pedagogies.
- Students will apply knowledge of the economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts of hospitality, tourism and/or recreation experience to real world settings or problems.
- Students will 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, course work, and internships.
Graduate Program Financial Competence Policy
The department of Recreation & Tourism Management recognizes the important role of financial management in tourism, hospitality, and recreation management. While courses in this regard are not a part of the formal degree program, students must demonstrate competence in the area of financial accounting to successfully complete the program. Applicants who apply to the RTM graduate program will have their transcripts evaluated in this regard. If there are any deficiencies, students may be admitted to the graduate program, but the competence must be satisfactorily demonstrated before the student will be advanced to classified graduate standing. Competence may be achieved in several ways, for example, through courses undertaken for a previously awarded degree, as an approved graduate elective which may also be counted as part of the student’s elective track, an undergraduate class taken at CSUN or another institution or as a credit/no-credit course approved by advisement.