Recreation and Leisure Studies

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies prepares students to promote a broader and deeper understanding of the role of leisure and recreation in the lives of all people and to enhance the quality of experiences available to each person. The Department’s mission is Engagement, Participation, and Leadership.


  • Undergraduate admission to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies requires no special admission procedures. 
  • For any questions regarding the graduate program (MS in Recreation Administration), please contact Dr. Laurel Richmond (Laurel Richmond). The deadline for the application is June 1 and please visit Cal State Apply for your application.

Recreation manager leading outdoor activity

Professional positions held by graduates:

  • National, State and Municipal Parks and Recreation Coordinators
  • Managers, Supervisors, Directors
  • City Managers
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Community Services Directors
  • Park Naturalists and Park Rangers
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Senior Center Directors in Hospitals
  • Clinics and Rehabilitation Programs
  • University Recreation Center and Intramural Directors
  • Athletic Sports Program
  • Facility Managers
  • Student Services Managers
  • Outdoor Adventure and Day Camp Directors
  • Recreation Facility or Club Managers
  • Travel and Tourism Agents or Guides
  • Sporting Goods Sales Representatives
  • Amusement Park, Hotel or Resort Managers
  • Military Recreation and Employee Services Specialists
  • Social Director and Event Managers
  • Nonprofit and Volunteer Services Managers

  • National accreditation of the program has been awarded continuously since 1982. The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits recreation, park resources and leisure services curricula. Our department offers the only academic program accredited by COAPRT in Southern California. 
  • Learn more about academic accreditation