Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management: Hospitality Management

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum University requirements:

  1. Have an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5* in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted, or in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation; and
  2. Be in good standing at the last institution attended.

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be reviewed by CSUN's Department of Recreation and Tourism Management for these additional department admission requirements:

  1. *Applicants should present evidence of the ability to be successful in graduate study. Those with a 3.0 undergraduate CGPA are strongly preferred, although applicants with 2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA will be considered. Applicants with an undergraduate CGPA between 2.5 – 2.99 are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores as part of the application process. See below for more information on the GRE.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in recreation, hospitality, travel and tourism studies, or an associated field is preferred, although applicants with other educational backgrounds will be considered.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants with a 2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test and submit exam scores electronically to CSUN using Institution Code 4707 by the application close date. Applicants must earn a score in the fiftieth percentile on either the Verbal Reasoning section or the Quantitative Reasoning section, or a minimum of 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section. Applicants who do not achieve one of these benchmarks on the first attempt may retake the exam and resubmit scores by the application close date. Visit the GRE website for more information about the exam and to register for the exam nearest you. Applicants are responsible for all exam fees. NOTE: Applicants with a 2.5 – 2.99 undergraduate CGPA who went on to earn an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.

Upper-Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)

If offered admission, any applicant who did not satisfy the Upper-Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) requirement as a student at a California State University will be required to pass this exam in order to achieve "Classified" status. Students must receive a minimum score of 8. Students who do not achieve this benchmark are required to repeat the exam until this benchmark is achieved. The UDWPE can be waived if the student has taken the GRE General Test and scored 3.0 or above on the Analytical Writing section. Visit CSUN's UDWPE page for more information. Online students will need to make arrangements to have the UDWPE proctored at their location if they are unable to take the exam on the CSUN campus. Students are responsible for all exam fees.

Minimum Required Computer Skills

Because of the nature of an online program, participants must have a least a basic level of knowledge of, and the ability to use, common computer programs including email, word processing and Microsoft Excel. Staff from The Tseng College can initially orient participants to use the online learning management system (LMS), Moodle, for the course work in the program. However, participants must understand that there is an expectation that they have acquired at least basic computer skills prior to starting this program. Students should at least have:

  • An ability to create, send and receive emails with or without attachments
  • An ability to use a document scanner to scan documents for sharing or submission
  • An ability to create, send and receive documents in a variety of standard formats like Word, pdf, html, etc.
  • An ability to access and review a variety of pdf's
  • An ability to review online resources such as internet websites, online articles and journals
  • Students using or needing assistive technology devices should be sure they acquire the latest updates and software prior to the beginning of the program.

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • High-speed Internet connection (e.g. Cable or DSL; Internet Provider should have live customer support)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, or 7 operating system, or Mac OS X operating system (version 10.7 or later)
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 for Windows (or 2008 or 2011 for Mac)
  • Internet Explorer and/or Mozilla Firefox web browser
  • Most current version of Flash Player
  • Most current version of Acrobat Reader
  • Up-to-date anti-virus software
  • 1.6 GHz Processor
  • 1 GB RAM for XP or Vista Home Basic, or Mac OS X
  • 2 GB RAM for Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate or Windows 7
  • 128 MB of graphics memory for Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate or Windows 7
  • Screen resolution set to 1024x768 or higher
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • USB or Firewire Web Cam (Logitech recommended) or built-in Web Cam
  • USB headset (Logitech recommended)
  • Accessible USB ports to plug in USB flash drive, webcam, headset, etc.
  • Scanner (with compatible software to save scanned documents to PDF, JPG or GIF format)

In the event a text book include supplemental materials on disk that are supported by Windows OS only, access to a PC may be necessary. Mac users also have the option to run Windows on a Mac natively with Boot Camp (recommended), or virtually with applications such as Parallels, or VMware Fusion.

Program Policies

Please carefully review the full list of Program Policies, including Academic Honesty and Integrity Requirement, Time Limitations for Earning Degrees and Certificates, Temporary Disruption of Attendance, Withdrawal Policy and Refund Policy.


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