Graduate Studies in Therapeutic Recreation

The specialization program in therapeutic recreation 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:

The Master's student whose focus is in Therapeutic Recreation will additionally take the specialization courses (15 credits):

The student may choose from the following departmental electives for their remaining 6-12 credits (at minimum):

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. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Lee deLisle, at for application and enrollment questions.