(Bachelor of Science)
In order to gain admissions to Texas A&M, the undergraduate applicant must have graduated from an accredited secondary school with a minimum of sixteen credits in specific high school subjects, which are required by the University. The University Catalogue provides specific details regarding admission requirements.
On Campus Transfers
The application below should be used only by current Texas A&M University at College Station students in good academic standing. Current students may apply to change their major to Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences (RPTS) or Community Development (CDEV) by completing the form below. Applications will be considered by a committee of academic advisors and faculty.
The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:
1) Current grade point and total number of credit hours completed at Texas A&M University. The minimum grade point ratio (GPR) required for your application to be considered is 2.0 which represents a C average. You are not guaranteed admission to RPTS with a 2.0 GPR. Applicants for CDEV must have a minimum 2.5 GPR and a grade of at least B in English 104, Math 141 and any three hour Economics course.
2) Essay that provides reviewers with information about why RPTS or CDEV would be a good choice for the applicant. For example, applicants must convey how past experiences may relate or how their interests align with this field of study.
3) Coursework the applicant has completed in the RPTS department and the grade(s) in that course(s).
4) Transfer credits and grades on transfer credits.
Students changing their major into RPTS or CDEV should be aware that space is limited and it may be difficult to enroll in some classes immediately. Our academic advisors will do their best to work with any new student to establish a course schedule that meets requirements. Most students who change majors will need to extend their time in college by one or more semesters.
You will NOT receive an application decision until after the application deadline date!
Students are encouraged to apply on-line.
Fall – July 10th
Spring – October 10th
Summer – March 10th
Undergraduate Change of Major Appeal Process
To appeal a denial of your application for a change of major to Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences or Community Development you may write an explanation for why you feel your application should be reconsidered. If circumstances have changed significantly or the application did not otherwise convey accurate and complete information a second decision by the committee may be warranted.
An appeal will require a written statement that conveys all details of the circumstances to be considered. If information is sensitive in nature an applicant may make an appointment with an academic advisor. Once the new information is received the Associate Department Head or the Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs will consider the information and determine if a full review is appropriate. If a full review is warranted the committee will convene, review the information and render a second decision.
A written statement addressing the details of the appeal should be submitted as soon as possible. The statement may be attached as a separate document or included in the body of an email sent to Ms. Melyssa-Anne Stricklin (Melyssa.Stricklin@ag.tamu.edu) or delivered to Ms. Stricklin in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, 2261 TAMU, 463 AGLS Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2261.
Admission from other institutions is granted on a competitive basis. Students must meet the minimum general requirements set by the University to be considered for departmental admission. The University requirements for transfer can be found on the Office of Admissions web site (http://admissions.tamu.edu/). Grade point ratio, course history, reasons for requesting the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences or Community Development major, and other indicators are reviewed. Changes in departmental capacity may influence acceptance criteria.
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences:
The minimum grade point ratio (GPR) required for your application to be considered is 2.5. You are not guaranteed admission to RPTS with a 2.5 GPR. You are also required to have completed at least 24 graded semester hours of transferable courses.
Applicants for CDEV must have a minimum 3.0 GPR and a grade of at least B in English 104, Math 141 and any three hour Economics course. You are not guaranteed admission to RPTS with a 3.0 GPR. You are also required to have completed at least 24 graded semester hours of transferable courses.
Readmission to the university is determined on a case by case basis. Each case is reviewed by the department’s administrative team. Weight is placed on academic history, the amount and quality of time spent away from school and other indicators of potential academic success in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Department. Questions regarding individual cases can be directed to the departmental Academic Advisor.
(Master of Science, Master of Recreation Resources Development,
Doctor of Philosophy)
Fall – March 1st
Spring – August 1st
Summer – November 1st
Step 1: Contact Irina Shatruk via email.
Your email to Irina should include the following information:
1. Short statement of your research interests in one page or less.
Step 2: Apply to Texas A&M University.
Irina will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your research interests and resume. Once you have received a reply from her you can apply at www.applytexas.org. On the Apply Texas website, choose graduate application, then Texas A&M University. The major for the application will be Recreation, Park, & Tourism Sciences. In order to apply you will need the following:
1. Official Transcript – This can be mailed to the University following completion of the online application
2. TOEFL/IELTS Test Results (International Students Only) – This must have been taken within the last 2 years. You can apply before you take the this test , but your application can not be fully processed until after the results are received by Texas A&M.
3. GRE Test Results – This test must have been taken within the last 5 years. You can apply before you take this test, but your application can not be fully processed until after the results are received by Texas A&M.
4. Application Processing Fee – The fee is $50 for students in the United States and $90 for International students.
Step 3: Once you have completed your online application you will need to email the following items to Irina.
1. Transcripts – this just needs to be a copy of your transcript. It does not have to be an official copy of your transcripts.
2. Statement of Intent – this should be no longer than one page.
3. Three References
4. Writing Samples – each sample should be 10 pages or less. List of the Faculty you
would like the work with click here for a list of all RPTS Faculty.
Step 4: Wait for the Graduate Committee to decide if you application will be accepted.