Health Science and Recreation Department

MS - Recreation

General Requirements for Admission

Applicants to the graduate program must complete all sections of the CSU online application including the personal statement which must address the applicant's potential to develop expert knowledge and the advanced skills needed to succeed in the field and/or to continue study in a doctoral program. Criteria for admission include an overall grade point average of 2.5 and an upper division grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, applicants are requested to send a copy of their personal statement and their resume to the department graduate coordinator.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy for the MS - Recreation

In addition to university requirements for admission to candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Recreation, students must have completed the following requirements: all deficiencies must be completed with a grade point average of at least 3.0; the admission to candidacy form must be completed and approved by the graduate program advisor and the Associate Dean for College of Graduate Studies; and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must be demonstrated at least one semester prior to submission of the admission to candidacy form. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses6
RECL 200. Foundations of Recreation and Tourism3
RECL 202. Evaluation and Assessment in Recreation and Tourism3
Selected in consultation with graduate advisor.
Culminating Experience6
RECL 204. Research Methods in Recreation and Tourism3
RECL 298. Special Studies1-3
RECL 299. Master's Thesis1-6

Total Units:30