Graduate Admission Requirements

Master of Therapeutic Recreation

M.S. Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation is an allied health profession which utilizes recreation and play experiences to facilitate health promotion and rehabilitation for individuals across the lifespan.  

The objective of the Master of Therapeutic Recreation program is twofold:

  • To provide specialization courses for individuals who already have their B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies to advance their career.
  • To prepare students without a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation to become eligible for the national certification examination.

Recreational Therapy Program Admissions Process

Submit an application to the Graduate School and declare therapeutic recreation as a major .  Along with the application, submit to the graduate school the following:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses completed (regular admission requires a GPA of 2.7)
  • A brief essay discussing your reasons for wanting a graduate degree in therapeutic recreation
  • Three letters of reference
  • GRE scores

Prerequisites for all students who have not completed course in the following areas as required by NCTRC before taking TRLS513 practicum

Human Anatomy and Physiology                                             3 Credits

Developmental Psychology                                                       3 Credits

Abnormal Psychology                                                                 3 Credits


Students without a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation will have to complete 560 hours on internship as a degree requirement at an approves site. 

All students are required to pass the comprehensive examination and complete a research project prior to graduation.



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