Master of Science in Recreation Administration
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers a program of graduate studies leading to the Master of Science degree in Recreation Administration. The program helps prepare professional personnel who are competent managers of private and public agencies and programs, who can conduct research and evaluation of recreation services, and who can contribute to the development of a professional philosophy of leisure. Unusually fine opportunities exist in Long Beach and Southern California for interaction with recreation agencies of all kinds.
Students seeking admission to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate Program should have an undergraduate degree and a desire for graduate study. Applicants must apply for admission to the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in addition to being admitted by Enrollment Services/Admissions.
The following items must be submitted:
- Applicants must meet the criteria for acceptance by the University as a graduate student as outlined in the CSULB Catalog;
- Every applicant (new or continuing) must apply by submitting a Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Admission Application to the Office of Admissions and Records, to obtain admission to the University with graduate standing. Applications are available on line (at the CSU Mentor website);
- Every applicant must also apply to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, by sending the following to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies:
- A. Two copies of the CSULB Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Admissions Application. The original must be sent to Enrollment Services/Admissions and a copy must be sent to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
- B. Official transcripts of all undergraduate course work, including work done at all community colleges attended. Each applicant must request that official transcripts be sent to both the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Enrollment Services.
- C. A current resume and a letter of intent that includes a summary of the applicant's reasons for wanting to pursue a master's degree in Recreation Administration. Both documents must be sent to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate Advisor.
- D. Three letters of recommendation from persons able to testify to the applicant’s academic ability, preferably from former professors. These letters must be sent to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate Advisor.
- E. Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test. While no specific cut off scores are required on either the verbal or the quantitative section, applicants must score a "4" or higher on the analytic writing section of the GRE.
Admitted graduate students must contact the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate Coordinator for advisement early in their first semester of enrollment in order to develop an approved program of study.