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College of Communication & Education

MA in Recreation Administration

Overview

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.

Mission

The mission of the Graduate Program in the Department of Recreation and Parks Management at California State University, Chico, is to provide high quality education opportunities for students and practicing professionals in applied research and management practices to prepare them for (1) career advancement and/or (2) continuation for doctoral degrees in Recreation Administration of related disciplines.

Goals & Objectives

The goals of the MA program in Recreation Administration are to prepare graduates to:

  • Analyze, synthesize, and apply knowledge within the discipline
  • Effectively communicate with the various stakeholder groups
  • Apply appropriate research methods to address stakeholder and organizational needs
  • Effectively apply decision-making and problem-solving methods within the discipline

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze, synthesize, and apply knowledge within the discipline

    SLO: Graduates must demonstrate effective analysis, synthesis, and application of knowledge within the discipline both orally and in writing.

  2. Effectively communicate with the various stakeholder groups (Oral presentation skills, written communication skills, effective use of multi-media to communicate)

    SLO: Graduates must demonstrate a mastery of the application of appropriate communication methods to share/present knowledge with stakeholder groups.

  3. Apply appropriate research methods to address stakeholder and organizational needs

    SLO: Graduates must demonstrate the application of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to effectively address stakeholder and/or organizational needs.

  4. Effectively apply decision-making and problem-solving methods within the discipline

    SLO: Graduates must demonstrate the effective application of problem-solving and decision-making methods to management situations within the discipline.