This program is pending Chancellor's Office approval and is planned to launch in Spring 2015.
Over the past 60 years, tourism has become one of the world's fastest growing economic sectors. In the United States, travel and recreation management is a $560 billion industry, with job growth projected to exceed 40 percent from 2012 to 2020.
To meet this industry's need for management expertise, CSUN offers a Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management, with an option in Hospitality Management.
This carefully designed program is for those seeking to enter or advance to senior ranks in the hospitality industry worldwide. The program will also serve those who own businesses in the hospitality industry and who want a better understanding of additional areas of opportunity within the industry.
Designed by CSUN faculty in close collaboration with hospitality industry leaders, this master's degree program gives participants the ability to think strategically, make sound management and organizational decisions, and develop an understanding of the hospitality industry in a contemporary global context – essential for successful careers in this dynamic sector of the global economy.
Key areas of knowledge, skills and professional abilities to be cultivated are:
This accelerated 20-month program is fully online, providing midcareer adults with significant flexibility for completing coursework at times and in places that fit their own weekly schedules. All CSUN online programs are crafted by the same distinguished faculty and leading practitioners as CSUN's on-campus programs. CSUN's online programs are held to the same high standards of academic excellence and student achievement. Every online program is taught by CSUN full- and part-time faculty who engage with students digitally in similar ways to engagement with students on campus.
While students complete assignments on their own time within a structured schedule, they proceed through the accelerated program as a cohort with a limited number of participants, developing a supportive network with fellow industry professionals. The cohort design guarantees registration in all courses required for the program and also typically results in on-time program completion rates of up to 90 percent or higher.
From application to graduation, students enjoy the one-on-one support of a designated program manager and a CSUN faculty member assigned to coordinate the efforts of all teaching in the program. This support frees busy professionals from navigating the University's administrative systems to focus on their studies.
The Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management program is offered by California State University, Northridge through its Department of Recreation and Tourism Management. CSUN is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and this program has special accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).