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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
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Welcome to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Alumni from our program work in diverse careers that benefit individuals and communities. These include careers in public recreation and parks,  recreation therapy, outdoor and environmental education, community services, community events and festivals, youth and adult services, campus recreation services, camp administration, travel and tourism, and commercial recreation.

We offer the following programs of study:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Recreation with concentrations in:
    • Community Recreation
    • Parks and Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
    • Campus Recreation and Student Services
    • Tourism Management  
  • Bachelor of Arts in Recreation with an option in Recreation Therapy
  • Minor in Recreation
  • Minor in Event Planning
  • Master of Arts in Recreation Administration

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 (Tell me more about academic accreditation).

Admission to the Program

Undergraduate admission to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies require no special admission procedures. In addition to meeting university admission requirements, graduate students applying to the Master of Arts in Recreation Administration must complete the Graduate Recreation Exam (GRE) and earn a score of at least 4.0 on the analytic writing section of the exam.

Freshman/Transfer Information

All freshman students entering CSULB should begin preparing for their first semester of study by taking the Mathematics and English Placement Tests (ELM and EPT) offered by the University. Please review the major specific admission requirements.

Thank you for considering our program for your academic needs. We look forward to welcoming you into our department.




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Contact Information

Recreation and Leisure Studies California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., ET - 101
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4071
Fax: (562) 985-8154



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