Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management


Become a leader in a growing, global industry. We offer options in tourism management and recreational sport management/recreation management.

Why Earn a Master's in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management?

Tourism is big business. The global hospitality industry adds up to trillions of dollars, and some estimates say one person in 10 is employed in the tourism or hospitality sector.

With such vast sums of money and large numbers of employees, the industry has a huge need for skilled leaders. Those with advanced training will be ready to shape the future of this rapidly evolving field.

Why Study Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management at CSUN?

Managing Change

Our program gives you a strong grounding in the foundations of tourism, hospitality and recreation. You'll learn to manage and work with diverse groups while considering such issues as sustainability and how it relates to hospitality and tourism.

Leadership Training

You'll learn leadership skills and team building for organizational effectiveness. You'll learn how to respond to crisis events and human resource issues.

Culminating Experience

You'll choose to either a comprehensive exam or completion of a project on an advanced topic. If you choose the exam option, you will have time to review and synthesize what you have learned during the program and create preparatory case studies.

What You'll Learn

Our graduate program offers options in tourism management and recreational sport management/recreation management.

All master's degree students share a core curriculum, which includes concepts common to both specializations. These include human resources, marketing and promotion, crisis management and research methods and design.

Additional coursework will depend on the option you choose:

Courses for this option include:

  • Foundations in Tourism Hospitality and Recreation
  • Cultural Aspects and Global Perspectives in Tourism
  • Seminar in Tourism Planning: A Cultural and International Perspective
  • Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Alternative Tourism
  • Supervised Internship


Courses for this option include:

  • Foundations in Tourism Hospitality and Recreation
  • Facility Design in Recreational Sport
  • Law, Risk Management and Ethics in Recreational Sport
  • Effective Teams and Leaders in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Organizations
  • Supervised Internship


Careers & Outcomes

Leadership opportunities continue to grow and thrive in this exciting industry. Our graduates find success in a wide variety of private, public and nonprofit recreation enterprises.

Below are common job titles, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Hotel Manager
  • Club Manager
  • Outdoor Recreation Director
  • Travel Coordinator
  • Convention Planner
  • Cruise Ship Director
  • Sport Facility Director
  • Camp Director
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Experience the Center for Recreation and Tourism

The Center for Recreation and Tourism promotes health, a balanced lifestyle, and overall well-being through a variety of recreation and leisure experiences. The center provides training, education and research activities.


The Department of Recreation and Tourism Management is accredited through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) and the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to CSUN as a master’s student, you will need to:

Learn more about applying for a master's program at CSUN.

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