MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RECREATION ADMINISTRATION -

Welcome! Since 1964, the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration has been proud to offer a challenging and flexible Master's Degree Program in RPTA.

Sacramento State is one of the most diverse campuses in the CSU system, and is located only a few miles from the California State Capital. Other interesting and historic locations within a 90-minute drive of Sacramento include the Tahoe Sierra, the Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Foothills, the wine regions of Lodi, Amador, and Napa, and the famous "City-By-The-Bay" of San Francisco.

INFORMATION ON THE RPTA GRADUATE PROGRAM

  • The RPTA graduate degree includes 27 units of coursework (RPTA Grad Core and Elective courses) and 3 units of a culminating Master's experience (Thesis, Project, or Comprehensive Examination).
  • For a detailed list of required courses for the fields of recreation, hospitality, and park management, please click here.
  • For those interested in becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), please click here.
  • Consult the Sacramento State Catalog for basic information on the program and coursework.
  • Contact the RPTA Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Easterla, for specific program information.

OVERVIEW OF THE GRADUATE COLLABORATIVE

Currently, our Master's Program is in its fourth year of a regional collaboration with San Francisco State University (RPT) and Chico State University (RHPM).

  • Three courses are offered each semester, offered by the three universities.
  • Courses are both from the Grad Core courses and electives.
  • Students from all three universities take the courses together as a cohort.
  • Course attendance is in two parts, in-class and online:
    • In-Class: Students from all three universities meet in-person twice a semester. The meetings are over a weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for full days. These in-person weekends are held once at the beggining of the semester and once at the end of the semester.
    • Online: After the initial weekend meeting, courses are held fully online in a streaming (synchronous), interactive format.
  • For all synchronous online sessions, students need a computer with a high-speed internet connection, video camera, microphone, and speakers.

        Fall

COURSE

SAC STATE EQUIVALENT

(SFSU) RPT 700: Orientation and Professional Development

RPTA 200

(Chico) RHPM 642: Seminar in Leisure Service Management

RPTA 203

(Chico) RHPM 645: Seminar in Leadership

RPTA Grad Elective

 

Spring

COURSE

SAC STATE EQUIVALENT

(SFSU) RPT 810: Research Methods in Recreation and Leisure

RPTA 204

(Chico) RHPM 611: Theory of Leisure and Recreation

RPTA 201

(Sac State) RPTA 202: Policies, Issues and Problems in Rec, Parks and Tourism

N/A