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The Master of Arts in Recreation Administration

Course Requirements for the Master’s Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See “Graduate Education” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

The MA in Recreation Administration prepares students to assume supervisory and managerial positions in the following general areas: community recreation and leisure services, private and commercial enterprises, parks and natural resource management, and therapeutic recreation services and recreation for special populations. The program also provides preparation for students who wish to pursue a doctorate at other institutions.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in “Admission to Master’s Degree Programs” in The University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate in Recreation and/or Parks (or an allied discipline) from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Programs. (Students with a baccalaureate in a field other than Recreation and/or Parks may be admitted to conditionally classified status, but may be required to complete specified undergraduate classes.)

4. Successful work experience in Recreation and/or Parks, or in a related field for approximately one year, or the equivalent.

5. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors and/or employers.

6. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. A 3.0 (B) average in all postbaccalaureate course work.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at least 9 units of the proposed program.

2. Formation of the graduate advisory committee in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

3. Development of an approved program in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

Requirements for the MA Degree in Recreation Administration:

Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Programs, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 200/300-level courses as follows:
(a) At least 24 units of 300-level courses in Recreation and Parks Management (see specific requirements for the thesis/project and comprehensive examination plans below).
(b) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable).
(c) Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
(d) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (398) and Master’s Thesis (399) or Master’s Project (399); not more than 6 units of Master’s Thesis (399) or Master’s Project (399).

2. Completion of one of the following plans:

a. Thesis or Project Plan.

These plans require at least 24 units in Recreation and Parks Management courses as follows (all 24 units must be in 300-level courses):

18 units required:

RECR    301    Contemp Issue Recr/Leisure    3.0    FA

RECR    311    Theory of Leisure and Recreation    3.0    FA

RECR    321    Research Designs Recr/Leisure    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: RECR 200 or equivalent, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment)

RECR    331    Surveys and Appraisals    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: RECR 200 or equivalent, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment), faculty permission.

RECR    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

NOTE: RECR 399 must be taken at least twice over two semesters for a total of 6 units (2 units for three semesters or 3 units for two semesters).

6 units selected from:

RECR    340A    Seminar Commun and Commer Recr    2.0    FS

RECR    340B    Seminar in Resort and Lodge Mgmt    2.0    FS

RECR    340C    Seminar Therapeutic Recreation    2.0    FS

RECR    340D    Seminar in Parks Natural Resourc    2.0    FS

RECR    340E    Seminar in Leadership    2.0    FS

6 units selected from:

Recreation and Parks Management courses at the 200-level (except RECR 200) that are approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator may be used as long as the overall requirement for 24 units of 300-level work has been met.

(1) Thesis Plan.

The student will submit an acceptable thesis based on research of a significant problem or issue in the discipline. An oral defense of the thesis is required. The final thesis must be approved by the candidate’s graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Office of Graduate Programs.

(2) Project Plan.

The student will conduct a creative project, demonstration, or presentation of acceptable quality, depth, and breadth on an aspect of recreation and leisure studies. The project must be accompanied by a formal written paper which serves as a permanent record of the project and is submitted to the Office of Graduate Programs for accession to the library. The student will make an oral presentation of the project to his/her graduate advisory committee. The project must be approved by the graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Office of Graduate Programs.

b. Comprehensive Examination Plan.

25 units required:

RECR    301    Contemp Issue Recr/Leisure    3.0    FA

RECR    311    Theory of Leisure and Recreation    3.0    FA

RECR    321    Research Designs Recr/Leisure    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: RECR 200 or equivalent, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment)

RECR    331    Surveys and Appraisals    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: RECR 200 or equivalent, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment), faculty permission.

RECR    340A    Seminar Commun and Commer Recr    2.0    FS

RECR    340B    Seminar in Resort and Lodge Mgmt    2.0    FS

RECR    340C    Seminar Therapeutic Recreation    2.0    FS

RECR    340D    Seminar in Parks Natural Resourc    2.0    FS

RECR    340E    Seminar in Leadership    2.0    FS

RECR    398    Independent Study    1.0-6.0    FS

RECR 398 must be taken for 3 units.

5 units required:

Recreation and Parks Management courses at the 200 or 300 level (except RECR 200).

The student will successfully complete a final written comprehensive examination on topics covered in program courses, and on an area of special interest selected by the student in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. The department graduate committee will prepare and evaluate the examination. The candidate may repeat the examination only once. In addition, the student must submit one research paper prior to taking the comprehensive exam. The paper must be approved and accepted by the candidate’s graduate advisory committee. Students will enroll in RECR 398C (Independent Study/3 units) during the development of the paper.

3. Approval by the departmental graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Recreation and Parks Management students will demonstrate their writing competence through successfully completing RECR 301 (Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Recreation) and RECR 321 (Research Designs for Recreation and Leisure).

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398 and Master’s Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses), AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on the approved master’s degree program as well as in all course work taken subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory each semester. Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.