Department of Recreation, Hospitality, & Parks Management

MA in Recreation Administration

The MA in Recreation Administration is no longer accepting applications.

The MA in Recreation Administration is not currently accepting applications for the MA program.

However, there are several other ways to pursue an advanced degree: 

Create an interdisciplinary studies plan at Chico State including recreation, hospitality, and parks management (RHPM) courses 

Masters students can customize a degree plan through the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) program at CSU, Chico.  Design your MA or MS degree using at least two disciplines to accommodate your personal academic, professional, and personal goals.  You might combine hospitality with business administration, parks management with geography, recreation therapy with child development, or events with marketing and communication.  Select from 400-level and higher courses to create a degree plan that meets your needs.

The Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management Graduate Coordinator or staff in the Office of Graduate Studies can assist you in developing an Interdisciplinary MA or MS.  Students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program with interests and coursework in RHPM may be eligible for positions as Teaching Associates or Grad Assistants to assist with the expenses associated with an advanced degree. 

Study for a master’s degree in Wildland Management at Chico State

For those with an interest in sustainability, natural resources, or parks management, Chico State offers an Interdisciplinary MS in Wildland Management through an interdisciplinary partnership with the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER).  This program enables students from diverse backgrounds and undergraduate degree programs a strong balance of theory and practice and builds on participants’ unique skills and interests. 

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Select a different master’s degree at Chico State 

Many masters’ degrees are offered at Chico State, and students may be able to incorporate RHPM concepts into their studies or research.  A full list of master’s degrees is available at the Graduate Studies website.(opens in new window)

Study for a master’s degree in recreation, parks, or tourism at California State University 

There are many options to pursue a master’s degree in recreation, hospitality, parks, or tourism within the California State University System, and many offer residential and/or online coursework.  The closest programs are: