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Graduate Studies in Recreation Therapy

The specialized program in Recreation Therapy can be designed to meet certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). The normal sequence of attendance for a master's degree program is four consecutive terms of coursework, a practicum experience, and the completion of a cumulating experience (usually a special project).

The basic core courses (12 credits) which provide the framework for the Master's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies program consist of:

  • Foundations of Leisure and Recreation
  • Park and Recreation Management
  • Operational Research in Recreation
  • Leadership and Supervision of Leisure Services

Graduate students in Recreation Therapy will also take the following additional specialization courses (15 credits):

  • Advanced Practice in Recreation Therapy Programming
  • Seminar in Recreation Therapy Service
  • Intervention & Facilitation Techniques in Recreation Therapy 
  • Clinical Aspects in Recreation Therapy 
  • Administration and Design of Recreation Therapy Services


Students may choose from the following department electives for their remaining 6-12 credits (at minimum):

  • Socio-Leisure Needs of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
  • Recreation Needs and Interests in Society
  • Practicum in Park and Recreation Service
  • Leisure Education
  • Recreation Education Curriculum Development
  • Innovation in Recreation Education
  • Grantsmanship
  • Directed Independent Study

Master's degree students may choose either a thesis or a special project for their culminating experience:

Master's Thesis

Thesis Seminar (REC 590) and Thesis - 6 credits
This program is designed for the student who eventually plans to acquire an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in order to teach in a college or university, or to pursue a career in recreation and leisure research, or to be eligible for high state and federal supervisory positions.

Special Project

Special Project (REC 588) - 3 credits
In lieu of the thesis, the student takes one additional course in the area of specialization and must complete a special project: A project or real life type of examination. The idea is to offer students a practical, relevant, and meaningful choice.

Students designing their program to meet NCTRC requirements may include additional coursework or clinical experience to prepare them for certification. For more information, please visit the NTCRC website. More information is also available on our Resources page.

Application deadline - ROLLING ADMISSIONS

For additional information, contact Dr. MaryJo Archambault to get started.