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Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, M.Sc.

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Our program is located within one of the most renowned, eco-friendly, culturally diverse urban centers in the USA. San Francisco is surrounded by a large national park and marine preserve, boasts redwood forests, explodes with entrepreneurial ventures, and is home to rich cultural resources. The San Francisco Bay Area offers a fantastic "living laboratory" for students to learn in, a myriad of job opportunities, and a wonderful place to live.

Since 1946, our department has been helping students move up in their careers, securing professional positions in our field, assisting our diverse communities and advancing the state of knowledge in our profession.

Our graduate program at San Francisco State University (RPT) is a regional collaboration with two other California State University graduate programs in recreation, parks, and tourism; CSU Chico (RECR) and CSU Sacramento (RPTA). The core classes in this program are taught using a hybrid of 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. Unlike some other programs, the online sessions are synchronous so that students and faculty can interact in real time.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory of Leisure and Recreation
  • Policies, Issues, and Problems in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
  • Ecotourism Principles and Practices
  • Recreation Use of National Parks and Protected Areas
  • Leisure and Aging
  • Startup and Sustainable Operations of Recreation, Event and Tourism Enterprises

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

The general University admission requirements are:

  • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. If you were educated outside of the United States, you must have earned a degree or diploma that SFSU considers to be the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA or "B" average. Your overall marks, average exam scores or average grade earned should be better than average or better than passing.

Tuition Fee

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    3588 USD/semester
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    3588 USD/semester
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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