The recreation degree program, founded in 1947 by the Department of Public Health and Recreation, has a core accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions (COAPRT). The degree has maintained continuous accreditation since its first awarding of this status occurred in April 1987, demonstrating the rigor and recognition of our programs. The Bachelor’s degree in Recreation is a nationally accredited program comprised of a core set of classes and courses split generally between concentration courses and major electives. Graduates completing one of these concentrations are eligible to apply for national and state certification. While the general recreation degree is the most flexible in terms of choosing related electives, students may instead elect to complete a more specialized course of study in one of our two approved concentrations within the B.S. Recreation Degree: Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy. We also offer M.S. in Recreation, all of which are designed to meet increasing needs and demands for recreation professionals and administrators in our growing fields of practices in public, non-profit, and commercial sectors, not only locally and regionally, but also nationally and globally.
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 advancement to candidacy or 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. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at www.sjsu.edu/gape.
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).