Graduate Program in RPTA

The Master's Program

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Welcome! Since 1964, The Department has been proud to offer a challenging and flexible Master's Degree Program in RPTA.

The Master's Program in RPTA is a regional collaboration with the wonderful faculty at two other California State University graduate programs in recreation, parks, and tourism; San Francisco State University (RPT) and Chico State University (RECR).  In this way, students have the best of three worlds!

Program Characteristics:

  • The core classes in this program are taught using both synchronous online and in-person class sessions. 
  • For a full-time student, the in-person sessions include an extended weekend (three-day) at the beginning of the semester and one day at the end of the semester. 
  • For all other synchronous online sessions, you will just need a computer with a high-speed internet connection, video camera, microphone, and speakers. 
  • The online sessions are synchronous so that students and faculty can interact in real time.

We are very excited about this unique program and we are confident that students will enjoy having the expertise of faculty from three different university settings. To learn more about the program and see course offerings by semester, please visit the following link: http://recdept.sfsu.edu/graduate/curriculum

Please consult the Sacramento State Catalog for basic information or contact Dr. Lisa Easterla (Graduate Coordinator) for specific program information.

Recreation Therapy for Graduate Students:

Master's students interested in Recreation Therapy must also take the Recreation Therapy core classes to qualify for certification. After visiting with the Graduate Coordinator, students should schedule a meeting with the Recreation Therapy Coordinator.


THE MASTER'S PROGRAM IN RPTA ACCEPTS STUDENTS FOR BOTH FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS. Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website for application deadlines. 


RPTA Application Requirements:

Students applying to the program should be aware that graduate programs require:

  • (1) Application to the Office of Graduate Studies (visit the Office of Graduate Studies website)
  • (2) Application materials sent directly to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration:
    1. Applicant's Resume
    2. Applicant's Statement of Purpose
    3. Three Letters of Recommendation from academic or work experiences (at least one must be from a university faculty, and at least one must be from work experience, which may include volunteer or service learning experiences)

Materials sent to the department should be addressed:
ATTN: Dr. Lisa J. Easterla, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Solano Hall 4000
Sacramento, CA 95819

Please note ...

  • The graduate program now accepts students for both fall and spring.
  • Students must complete the graduate program with one of three culminating experience options: thesis, project or comprehensive examination. 
  • The Graduate Manual and related forms can be found on the Forms Page of the department website. Please download a copy for yourself.

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