The Master of Arts in Recreation Administration

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 resources management, and therapeutic recreation services and recreation for special populations. The program also provides preparation for students who wish to pursue doctorates at other institutions and/or teaching positions in post-secondary settings.

Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer and/or CSU Chico Open University course work 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.

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 Studies.

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 Studies. (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 General Aptitude Test with a minimum combined score of 1000 (or equivalent) based on the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning with no score lower than 450 on either measure, and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing measure.

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 Studies, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:

(a) At least 24 units of 600-level courses in Recreation and Parks Management (see specific requirements for the thesis/project 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 (697) and Master's Thesis (699T) or Master's Project (699P); not more than 6 units of Master's Thesis (699T) or Master's Project (699P).

2. Completion of one of the following plans:

a. Thesis Plan

4 courses required:

RECR 611 Theory of Leisure and Recreation 3.0 FA
RECR 642 Seminar in Leisure Services Management 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: RECR 611.
RECR 645 Seminar in Leadership 3.0 SP
RECR 699T Master's Thesis 1.0 -6.0 FS

1 course selected from:

RECR 621 Research Designs for Recreation and Leisure 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: RECR 611 or equivalent, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment).
CMST 602 Seminar in Communication Research Methods 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CMST 332; CMST graduate standing or faculty permission.
KINE 602 Research Design in Kinesiology 3.0 FS

Note: KINE 602 may be taken only with the Graduate Advisory Committee's approval.

1 course selected from:

KINE 601 Statistical Methods in Kinesiology Research 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 484 or faculty permission.
CMST 603 Interpretive Approaches to Human Communication Research 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CMST graduate standing or faculty permission.

Note: CMST 603 may be taken only with the Graduate Advisory Committee's approval.

9 units selected from:

Select an additional 9 units of course work approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee chair. Selected courses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

HCSV 579 Grant Writing and Other Fundraising Strategies 3.0 FS
RECR 601 Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Recreation 3.0 Inq
RECR 631 Surveys and Appraisals 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: RECR 611 and RECR 621 or equivalents, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment), faculty permission.
RECR 643 Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation 3.0 F1
RECR 644 Seminar in Parks and Natural Resources 3.0 F2
RECR 689 Graduate Internship 1.0 -4.0 FS
RECR 697 Independent Study 1.0 -6.0 FS

A maximum of 6 units of 400/500-level courses in Recreation and Parks Management may be used as long as they are approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator and as long as the overall requirement for 24 units of 600-level work has been met.

Students must 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 thesis must be prepared in accordance with the format requirements in A Guide to Graduate Studies. The final thesis must be approved by the candidate's Graduate Advisory Committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the School of Graduate, International and Interdisciplinary Studies. The thesis serves as a permanent record and is submitted to the School of Graduate, International and Interdisciplinary Studies for accession to the library.

b. Project Plan

4 courses required:

RECR 611 Theory of Leisure and Recreation 3.0 FA
RECR 642 Seminar in Leisure Services Management 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: RECR 611.
RECR 645 Seminar in Leadership 3.0 SP
RECR 699P Master's Project 1.0 -6.0 FS

1 course selected from:

RECR 621 Research Designs for Recreation and Leisure 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: RECR 611 or equivalent, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment).
CMST 602 Seminar in Communication Research Methods 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CMST 332; CMST graduate standing or faculty permission.
KINE 602 Research Design in Kinesiology 3.0 FS

Note: KINE 602 may be taken only with the Graduate Advisory Committee's approval.

12 units selected from:

Select an additional 12 units of course work approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee chair. Selected courses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

HCSV 579 Grant Writing and Other Fundraising Strategies 3.0 FS
RECR 601 Contemporary Issues in Leisure and Recreation 3.0 Inq
RECR 631 Surveys and Appraisals 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: RECR 611 and RECR 621 or equivalents, or upper-division statistics (or concurrent enrollment), faculty permission.
RECR 643 Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation 3.0 F1
RECR 644 Seminar in Parks and Natural Resources 3.0 F2
RECR 689 Graduate Internship 1.0 -4.0 FS
RECR 697 Independent Study 1.0 -6.0 FS

A maximum of 6 units of 400/500-level courses in Recreation and Parks Management may be used as long as they are approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator and as long as the overall requirement for 24 units of 600-level work has been met.

Students must 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 document prepared in accordance with the format requirements in A Guide to Graduate Studies. This document serves as a permanent record of the project and is submitted to the School of Graduate, International and Interdisciplinary Studies for accession to the library. Students must make an oral presentation of the project to their Graduate Advisory Committee. The project and accompanying formal written document must be approved by the candidate's Graduate Advisory Committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the School of Graduate, International and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Recreation and Parks Management students will demonstrate their writing competence through successfully completing RECR 611 (Theory of Leisure and Recreation) and RECR 642 (Seminar in Leisure Services Management).

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-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 697, 696, 699P, 699T 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 minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

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