Recreation and Leisure Studies, M.S.

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The Master of Science degree program in recreation and leisure studies is designed to prepare students for supervision, administration, and management of recreation programs and facilities. Areas of specialization are: Recreation Administration or Recreational Therapy.

The specialization program in recreation therapy can be designed to meet certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Beyond the core and specialization related classes, students are required to take practicum based courses to gain career related experiences. The curriculum is also individualized and structured to meet the needs of students who are working full time by offering courses mostly in the evenings or on weekends.

The curriculum is competency based with a strong emphasis on the professional skills necessary to be an effective manager or service provider. A combination of didactic course work, practicum experience, and independent study activities provides students with a broad array of learning experiences to further their professional development. Elective courses are approved in order to best serve the academic and professional interest of the students.

The normal sequence for completion of a master ’s degree program is four consecutive terms of classwork in addition to completion of a special project, thesis, or comprehensive exam.

Program Sequence - 30-36 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Basic Core Courses — 9 credits

Area of Specialization — 18-21  credits

Courses based on the specialization that the student follows; e.g., recreation administration, and recreational therapy. Courses must be in the subject of Recreation and Leisure and be at the graduate level. 

Suggested Courses

REC 581 — Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation Service - 3 credits
REC 585 — Clinical Aspects of Therapeutic Recreation - 3 credits
REC 391 — Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation - 3 credits
REC 441 — Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services - 3 credits
REC 584 — Leisure Education - 3 credits
REC 583 — Practicum Experience - 3 credits

Departmental Electives-minimum of 3-9 credits

Select 3-9 electives. These must be graduate level and in Recreation and Leisure.

Suggested Elective
REC 533 — Socio-Leisure Needs of Individuals with disabilities - 3 credits

Additional Requirement
Students in the program may choose either the Thesis or Special Project option.

Master’s Thesis

Thesis Seminar I (REC 590, 3 credits) and Thesis Seminar II (REC 591, 3 credits)

The thesis option is intended for students who eventually plan 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. Thesis I includes the development of a thesis proposal and must be completed before registering for Thesis II.

Special Project

Students select the 583/588 (3 credits each) option including a practicum experience to be determined in consultation with the graduate coordinator and a special project as a capstone work incorporating course materials applied to an area of interest to the student. The projected results are deliverable product at completion of the course. (REC 588/Practicum 583):

Special Project — A project or real life type of examination. The idea is to offer students a practical, relevant, and meaningful choice.

In lieu of either the thesis or special project option, students may select the comprehensive exam option as the capstone experience. The comprehensive exam option includes six (6) credits of elective coursework.