Recreation and Leisure Studies, B.S. - Concentration: Recreation Therapy M.S. Accelerated Pathway

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The B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies (Concentration: Recreation Therapy B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and the M.S. in Recreation and Leisure (Concentration: Recreation Therapy Accelerated Pathway) in five years. This program has a separate admissions process and eligible students are encouraged to apply no later than their junior year of undergraduate study in consultation with a faculty advisor in the department. Please consult the admission requirements in the undergraduate catalog and below for more information.

Overall GPA of 3.0 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Undergraduate freshmen and transfer applicants will select the appropriate degree program and accelerated pathway concentration for their particular discipline when applying through the Common App. Current students who are already matriculated in a program at Southern must be accepted into the undergraduate portion of the accelerated pathway through department permission via the Selection of degree system. Undergraduate students must declare their intention to join an Accelerated Pathway Program no later than their junior year. Eligible students in the accelerated pathway program will then apply for early acceptance graduate admission no later than the spring semester of their senior year. During the application process, students will select both the graduate degree for their specified discipline and the accelerated pathway concentration. Please note that acceptance into the undergraduate Accelerated Pathway does not automatically guarantee admission to the graduate Accelerated Pathway. Students should contact their faculty advisor regularly to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduate admission. 


New students seeking admission to Southern Connecticut State University should apply online through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website:

Currently matriculated students must meet and maintain the following department requirements in order to be admitted to and remain in the program:


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 2 - Creative Drive
REC 220 – Inclusive Recreation

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


63 Credits Required

'C' or better required. 
Courses with less than 'C' must be repeated within two semesters. Students receiving grades of 'C' or lower in more than one recreation course may be dismissed from this major.

Recreation Therapy Requirements
39 Credits Required

REC 100 – Introduction to Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management
REC 210 – Activity Development and Leadership
REC 220 – Inclusive Recreation
REC 231 – Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 314 – Medical Aspects of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 320 – Program Planning and Management
REC 331 – Therapeutic Recreation: Assessment and Individualized Programming
REC 391 – Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 420 – Organization and Administration of Leisure
REC 441 – Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services
REC 480 – Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

Select 2 from:
CMD 205 - Social Communication
REC 202 - Methods: Birth to Five
REC 251 - Recreation and Youth Development
REC 303 - Leisure and Aging
REC 307 - Disabilities in Society
REC 311 - Introduction to Child Life Therapy
REC 312 - Therapeutic Play
REC 403 - Mediation: Community Settings
RSP 330 - Case Studies in Medical Ethics
SMT 207 - Adaptive Recreation Sport

B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway Requirements
12 Credits Required

REC 543 - Advanced Interventions in Recreation Therapy
REC 574 - Park and Recreation Management
REC 581 - Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation Service
REC 584 - Leisure Education

Recreation and Leisure Studies Requirements
12 Credits Required

  • REC 470 – Senior Research Methods
  • REC 301 – Internship I 
  • Select one:
    • REC 400 – Internship II 
    • REC 433 – Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation


15 Credits Required

EXS 280 – Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology

PSY 219 – Lifespan Development
PSY 321 – Abnormal Psychology
PSY @   – Psychology Elective


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).