Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Curriculum

Courses in the Recreation Master’s Degree core are taught using an online hybrid format by the San Francisco State University Recreation, Parks, & Tourism (RPT) Department and collaborating departments at CSU Chico (RECR) and CSU Sacramento (RPTA).  During the first semester, full-time students in three core classes participate in a mandatory three day in-person seminar at the beginning of the semester and one day at the end of the semester.  These seminars are held at or near one of the participating campuses.  Subsequent semesters have similar seminars at the beginning and end of each semester.  There may be other optional in-person meetings; however, students will be given distance options if they would prefer to join the class remotely.  Most hybrid core classes are synchronous online learning experiences. These experiences are synchronous, meaning that all students virtually meet at the same time on an online learning platform.

 

In addition to the required 18 units of core classes (9 units of foundation and 9 units of professional core classes), students choose 9 units (3 classes) of electives with advisor consent.  Six units may be upper division undergraduate classes and at least 6 units must be from SF State.  Students will complete one of two culminating experience options; thesis or applied research project.   

 

Note that the hybrid format of the courses means that even though they are provided by three different campuses, you will only need to physically meet at one campus for a couple of times each semester.

 

 

 

 


Area of Specialization Electives (9 units)

Selected courses chosen by you and approved by your advisor based on your area of specialization.  You can choose a maximum of six units of upper division undergraduate courses.

 

The following RPT courses have been popular with our past graduate students:

  • RPT 605 Ecotourism Principles and Practices
  • RPT 640 Recreation Use of National Parks and Protected Areas
  • RPT 740 Leisure and Aging
  • RPT 840 Startup and Sustainable Operations of Recreation, Event and Tourism Enterprises
  • RPT 890 Internship
  • RPT 899 Special Study

Suggested Areas of Specialization

  • At-Risk Populations
  • Campus Recreation
  • Commercial Recreation
  • Community/Urban Services
  • Convention & Special Event Management
  • Cultural Arts
  • Environmental/Interpretation
  • Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism
  • Industrial/Corporate Services
  • Leisure Education & Counseling
  • Leisure & Recreation Resource Management
  • Leisure Research
  • Leisure Service Finance & Budgeting
  • Leisure Services & Resource Planning
  • Leisure Marketing & Public Relations
  • Leisure Wellness
  • Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Parks, Protected Areas, and Public Lands Management
  • Public Organization Management
  • Resorts Management
  • Services for Aging Populations
  • Special Needs Populations
  • Tourism Development
  • Urban Recreation and Parks
  • Youth Development

 

Culminating Experience Option (3 units)

There are two culminating experience options in the Program.  You can choose the option that best meets your professional goals.

 

Culminating Experience Options

Course

Title

Units

RPT 895 Applied Research Project 3
OR
RPT 898 Thesis 3


Total of 30 units

 

2 Year Class Schedule

Below is the schedule of classes for those that choose to complete the degree in two-years.  All of the classes are taught in either the fall or spring.  Note that it is possible to take longer than two years if you choose to take fewer classes each semester. 

 Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Foundations: RPTA 200 (CSU Sacramento) Trends & Issues: RPTA 202 (CSU Sacramento)
Management: RECR 642 (Chico State) Theory: REC 611 (Chico State)
Leadership: RPT720 (San Francisco State) Research Methods: RPT 810 (San Francisco State)

 

Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Specialization Elective Culminating Experience: Thesis or Applied Research Project
Specialization Elective
Specialization Elective

 

3 Year Class Schedule

Due to professional or personal responsibilities, it may not be possible for some students to dedicate enough time to complete the degree in 2 years.  Below is an alternative schedule for students who wish to complete the degree in 3 years

 Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Foundations: RPTA 200 (CSU Sacramento) Theory: REC 611 (Chico State)
Management: RECR 642 (Chico State) Research Methods: RPT 810 (San Francisco State)

 Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Leadership: RPT720 (San Francisco State) Trends & Issues: RPTA 202 (CSU Sacramento)
Specialization Elective Specialization Elective

 Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Culminating Experience: Thesis or Applied Research Project Culminating Experience (continued)
Specialization Elective

 

Class Meeting Times

All synchronous online classes are 2 to 3 hours during the evening (between 5PM to 10PM).  Sacramento classes are on Tuesday, Chico classes are on Wednesday, and San Francisco classes are on Thursday. 

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For Further Information, Contact:
Dr. Jackson Wilson, Graduate Coordinator
wilsonj@sfsu.edu
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132
Telephone: (415)338-2030
Email: recdept@sfsu.edu